A Christmas warm-up

December is almost here again and it´s time to create some new Christmas activities for our students to enjoy! Here´s a Christmas warmer idea that you can easily fit into any of your wonderful Christmas lessons! Levels: STRONG A2+ Aimed at: Young learners/teens/adults Aims: To encourage speaking in the context of describing Christmas adverts/Present Continuous,... Continue Reading →

Painting with Van Gogh – CLIL lesson

Do you ever bring art into your ESL classroom? Here´s a lesson idea you can use to get creative and teach English at the same time! Lead-in Have the self-portrait of Van Gogh displayed on the board: Source: google images Ask the students to work in pairs and answer the questions: - Who is this?... Continue Reading →

Building Connections – practical lesson ideas

APPI, the Portuguese Association for English Teachers,  held their 33rd National Conference in Lisbon from the 3rd to 5th of May. It took place at Instituto Universitario de Lisboa and this year´s theme was "Building Connections". I had the pleasure to attend a few, truly inspirational talks/workshops on Sunday and because I can´t just keep... Continue Reading →

The missing Santa

December is here again and it´s time to create some new Christmas activities for our students to enjoy! I hope you will find the following idea as useful and fun to teach as I have! Levels: A1+ Aimed at: Young learners/teens Aims: To encourage speaking in the context of describing faces/ vocabulary revision/`has got`structure/to encourage... Continue Reading →

Halloween Trivia

Aimed at: Young Learners/Young Adults/Adults Levels: B1+ Materials: Halloween Trivia - Power Point Game: HalloweenTrivia Time: +/-15 minutes This is a fun HALLOWEEN TRIVIA quiz for one of your October lessons. It can be used as a warmer at the beginning of your Halloween lesson or as a filler at the end. Split the class... Continue Reading →

Let´s debate!

Schools around the world are often encouraged to organize more outdoor activities and field trips towards the end of the school year. Are field trips worth all the time and effort required to make them successful? In the following lesson idea students will have an opportunity to debate the pros and cons of field trips.... Continue Reading →

Children´s Day with a twist

https://vimeo.com/270054995 On Children´s Day when adults can be children and principals naughty kids! The following lesson idea could be used on or just before the Children´s Day. Level: Intermediate + Age: Young Learners/Teens Aims: To build students´ reading, speaking and listening skills with poetry/To build a love for reading Materials: Make your own videos or https://vimeo.com/270054995... Continue Reading →

Songs in the classroom – wrong lyrics

Levels: Any  Aims: To listen for individual words/To make listening fun/To help the students make their own listening tasks Choose a song appropriate for your students´ level of English. All you need to do is to change some of the lyrics by inserting wrong words into a song. Students listen for the right words and... Continue Reading →

Soap Opera Drama – A Lesson on Intonation

Soap Opera Drama – A Lesson on Intonation Lesson based on a video directed by the teacher Level(s): (A2) Pre-Intermediate / (B1) Intermediate Aimed at: Teenagers/young adults/adults Aims: Listening for gist and specific information/how to use and understand different intonation patterns in accordance to attitude/ Predicting Materials: Video handout 1: Handout1intonation handout 2: handout2intonation Projector... Continue Reading →

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