I have just received the information about the 2011 IATEFL Conference in Brighton in a form of a nice booklet. I am planning to go to this conference next year and it will be my nice conference. I have viewed the conference online but there is nothing like being there in person. I am curious what to expect but I hope to meet likeminded teachers at this event. It will be the year of my graduation from the MA in English Language Teaching at the University of Sussex.
A great listening exercise for the World Cup by Arjana.
The World Cup is a great opportunity for many teachers to introduce songs, facts and information for the classroom but another possibility for teachers is to use pictures. However, why would a teacher wish to use pictures in the classroom?
Pictures can support creative thinking, encourage free-thought and allow students the opportunity to discuss ideas amongst themselves. For example, how could teachers use the picture below in the classroom?
- Make a headline
- What is the player in the background thinking?
- Do you know player number 10?
- What do you think will happen next?
- What is number 13/15 thinking?
- Describe the picture to a partner and get them to draw it without them seeing the original.
I hope this sparks some ideas and if you have more, please feel free to comment.
I created a new lesson about food and restaurants in London the other week for the Chinese students that I am teaching at the moment. I thought I would share this lesson for my followers. The lesson is aimed at introducing UK food and restaurant culture in the form of a reading relay activity. One activity that the students have to do is to complete a question formation prior to the reading relay. However, before starting the class I would recommend teachers to put up the reading (available below) around the classroom or alternatively arrange eight chairs with the text on each chair.
The question formation activity is also available to download and print.
If you wish to add or make any recommendations to the lesson, please feel free to comment.
After being prompted by a post on facebook by a teacher friend, I thought I would create a Wordle that was related to verb and noun collocations (in the topic of sport). It is available to view here.
It is a lovely day in Eastbourne today; the sun is shining, it’s not too windy and above all it’s my wife’s birthday. Such a perfect day. Today I created a lesson related to perfect days. Have a look below to my lesson plan:
- Brainstorm with students activities that you do during the weekend (‘walk along the seafront’, ‘meet friends’, etc) and write their ideas on the whiteboard.
- Explain to students that they are going to listen to a song, and as you have guessed, Lou Reed “Perfect Day”.
- Put students into groups (3 or 4 students) and hand out the tagxedo picture featuring the lyrics and ask students to rewrite the lyrics using the words in the tagxedo as a prompt. The students listen to the song a couple of times.
- Students present their version of the lyrics to the class.
- Once everyone has presented to the class, handout the lyric sheet to students so that they are able to compare with their version.