Friday, December 16, 2011

Quote of the week

Good Teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad Teachers are those who think they know more than they dont know.   R.Verdi

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Different Christmas Songs for your lesson

Bing Crosby - Mele Kalikimaka /Hawaian Christmas Song/

Chris Rea - Driving home for Christmas

Here Comes Santa Claus

Friday, November 18, 2011

Movie Time !

Here is a trailor of the movie called RIO. / I love it /
Before you watch it, read through the 5 questions below. Then you watch the clip.

  1. What do you think about this film?
  2. Has anyone seen it?
  3. Are you planning to see it?
  4. Do you like Disney movies, and why?
  5. Do you think Disney movies are only for kids?

Answer the question :
  1. What type movie is it?
  2. Blue is nervous because.....
Fill in the missing word :
  1. "Flying is not what you feel up here, it s what you feel in ........................"
  •  hear
  •  dear
  • here
      2.  "Alright Blue, you are flying ......................"
  • soften
  • sort of
  • sorted
  • scared of

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wakie wakie - how to wake up your students

Here are few tips how to keep your students awake:

10. As you are teaching, you notice many blank stares, open-mouths, and droopy heads. (Either A. Your lesson has fallen into the rabbit hole, or B. You have lost them.) Quick, have them stand up and give you ten jumping jacks or push-ups.
9. Require students to give answers in their best British accent. (Ok, we have heard enough about the Royal Wedding, but the students love it!)
8. When responding to a writing prompt, have the students drop their pencils on the ground when they have completed the task. You won’t believe how MANY giggles and guilty looks you will get.
7. Have Chuck Norris randomly appear in one of your Power Points roundhouse kicking a wolf. For some reason, students are obsessed with him. See, it got your attention, didn’t it?
6. Play a sound clip of the Mission Impossible theme, have them act as 007 until the music stops. Then, whoever they end up next to, that is their partner for the activity, or that is the person that they share their Think-pair-share answer with.
5. Place random discussion or reading comprehension questions on sticky notes underneath a handful of desks. When you are ready to ask questions, ask them to peek and read-aloud the questions. This works really well for introverted or shy students. Plus, they LOVE secret note passing.
4. Gift of a lifetime. On a large piece of tag board, find a snappy, powerful verb and write it down. Wrap it like a present. Set it in the middle of the room, and ask the students if they know what it is all about. Tell them that it is a gift-of-a-lifetime, a powerful verb they can add to their vocabularies. Give them twenty questions to figure it out. (I cannot take credit for this activity. I learned it at a seminar for Interactive Writing Lessons to Teach With the Smart Board.)
3. Have each student call on the next student to answer your lesson questions. This motivates them to stay focused, and they enjoy calling on others! (Inspired by my student teacher)
2. At the beginning of class on Mondays, ask if anyone has any crazy stories to share from the weekend. Explain that these are important narratives that need to be told!
1. Paste Calvin and Hobbs comics on tests or quizzes. Even though they are ridiculous, students look forward to, and sometimes ask, for them.
If anyone has more ideas to capture the wondering, daydreaming, (hormonal) minds of middle school students, I would love to read about them.
About the Author

Michelle Doman is a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Brandon Middle School in Wisconsin's Rosendale-Brandon School District.  She is currently studying at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to obtain a Master's in the Reading Specialist program.  You can connect with Michelle by visiting her blog, Save the Drama for your...Middle School Teacher?!
The following is a guest post from Michelle Doman, a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Brandon Middle School in Wisconsin.

If You Are Happy - song

Barney- You Are My Sunshine

Tips and Ideas for Role-plays

Improvisation is a kind of a conversation exercise which is fun for the participants and entertains the rest of the class who serves as the audience.Here are some situations you can use:

  1. You are in the restaurant. You have just had a good dinner. The waiter is waiting for you to pay the bill. You look for your wallet and find that you have left it at home.
  2. The car in front of your car suddenly stops, and you cannot avoid hitting it. Both cars are damaged. The driver gets out of his car and comes towards you.
  3. You are home alone. Suddenly the phone rings. You pick up the receiver and hear a strange noise on the other end of the line.
  4. Your friend asks you to return a book that you borrowed from him several months ago. At first you cannot remember what you did with it. Then you explain why you kept the book for such a long time.
  5. At the theater you discover that another person is sitting in your seat. You talk to him, explaining that he is in a wrong seat.
  6. One day you get up early and go downstairs. There, to your surprise, is a stranger sleeping on the sofa. You wake your mother and ask her who the stranger is.
  7. You visit a friend s house. After sneezing several times you realize that you are allergic to your friend s cat.
  8. You are walking downtown with a friend. Suddenly you remember that you left some meat cooking on the stove at home
to be continued....

Those ten minutes left

We all have been fresh, hurried teachers at some point in our professional life. There are some times when an exercise turns out to be shorter than we thought, or we discover that our students have suddenly become desperate for "one more" activity.
What ever the cause might be, even the most relaxed professional checks the clock in panic from time to time. Rather than panicking, we should treat the five to ten minutes left as an opportunity to give our students extra doses of motivation. Here is an opportunity to play, review and show the students why you love English.
Here are some few ideas, fun ideas how to deal with these time gaps :

1. Always keep a picture, comic strip, or drawing at hand. You can use them for multipla activities, as a discussion about the subject, or imprompt role play of the situation etc.

2. Play a short session of an oral game like "animals,vegetable " /yes-no questions/, mime the word, I spy game, Simon says...etc

3.Recycle a topic you used for revision. Write a list of verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions or any topic covered in previous lesson and have students to formulate sentences.

4.Taking to consideration the class level, vocabulary and structures already taught during the course, write 10 headless sentences / used to water plants/ or 10 tailess sentences / A vase is a used to......../ Have two or more teams complete the sentences in three or four minutes. Finaly ask the students to read out loud the sentences and correct.

5.Write a simple sentence like "Today is a beautiful day ". Your students will have to expand it, by adding one or two words together. If someone suggest a sentence is incorrect is out of the game.

These are just few ideas collected by my experience, you may heard of them through another source, but the real issue is to try them out.
Start a list of your own activities, keep it in hand and make it grow. Maybe you will discover gaps in time are worth creating after all.

Tips and Ideas for Conversation Class

Compositions that your students have written themselves can lead to conversation practice. You will not want to have students write them during the lesson, but you can make compositions focal points around which conversation is centered. Here are some useful techniques along these lines :

1. If students write compositions in their regular English course work, they can meet in small groups during conversation class to discuss what they want to write about, their plan of action etc.
2. Have the students bring their corrected compositions to the conversation class. Each student can read his material aloud to the class, with other students questioning him afterwards on points mentioned in his composition.
3. Read a student s corrected composition and have the class take notes. Then ask someone else to make an oral summary of the composition, talking from the notes.

Because the student often has difficulty in thinking of a subject to write about, here are some good topics you can use in your conversation class :

  1. My hometown
  2. My parents
  3. My brothers and sisters
  4. How I spent my childhood
  5. How I met my husband / wife
  6. My wedding day
  7. My children
  8. How I think children should be raised
  9. What I want to give my children most
  10. My home
  11. My best friend
  12. A happy couple I know
  13. What I like / dislike about people
  14. A person I will never forget
  15. The person I admire most
  16. The proudest day of my life
  17. The greatest mistake of my life
  18. An interesting dream I had
  19. A typical day of my life
  20. My education
  21. The teacher I liked the most
  22. The subject I like best/least in school
  23. My first job
  24. What would I do if I had a lot of money
  25. What do I do in my spare time
  26. My hobbies
  27. My favourite sport
  28. My favourite movie
  29. My favourite book
  30. What would I do if I had 3 wishes
  31. Food I like/dislike
  32. Traditional dishes in my country
  33. Where can I see myself in future
  34. The musical instrument I would like to play
  35. The best party I have attended

Taken from:
Effective Techniques for English Conversation Groups by Julia M.Dobson

Memory Games

Nursery Rhymes - Old McDonald

Nursery Rhymes - Baa Baa Black Sheep

Nursery Rhymes - Bingo

Classroom Language

The more English you can use in the class with the pupils, the more progress they will make. Your pupils will mostly understand the meaning of what you say from the context, particulary if you repeat the same phrases several times. You can reinforce understanding by physically demostrating the meaning as you say a word, for example, by holding up your class book and pointing to the page number as you say : Open your books. Look at page / 4/. For a complete list of classroom phrases for use during lessons, see below.

To start the lesson
Good morning. Good afternoon.
Hello, everyone.
Are you ready?
Sit Down, please.
Stand up, please.
Let s sing.
Let s play a game.

To start an activity
Open your books. Look at page.....
Close your books. Look at the board.
Look at the poster.
You need a pencil / crayons / scissors.
Colour the pictures
Draw a picture.
Cut the paper, fold the paper, stick here.
Listen and number the picture.
Count and match the number.
Trace the number.
Draw a path.
Say the word.
Work together.
Move your chairs.
Ready ?
During an activity
Pick up your pencil
Repeat .
Say it again.
Well done
Very Good
That s lovely
Show me
Hand up
Can you remember?
Quiet, please!

General interaction
Come here
Give me your book please
touch the flash card
Point to.
Thank you
Help me, please.
At the end of the lesson
Ok, stop now.
Put down your pencils.
Close your books.
Right ! that s the end for today.
Tidy up your books and pencils.
Goodbye everyone.
See you tomorrow.

Flash Card Games

Flash Card Games
All of the following flashcard games are excellent ways of reinforcing vocabulary in a stimulating way.
Furthemore all of them are ideal ways to start a lesson to revise lexical sets which you have already
presented. Any one of them would make a useful warmer routine in classes. Consider this section
as a bank of flexible Warmer resouces.
Cover a Flashcard with a sheet of paper and hold it up in front of the class. Start to move the paper very slowly and ask the pupils "What is it?" Carry on slidding the paper further down the flashcard,stopping now and then to ask the students What is it? and to allow the class to offer their ideas.

Put a Flashcard to a large envelope and show the class the envelope. Ask the students to draw what they think is inside the envelope. When everyone has finished, open the envelope and slowly reveal the mystery flashcard to show the class.


Ask five pupils to leave the classroom. Then ask the class to help you hide five flashcards somewhere in the classroom. Bring the five pupils back into the room and ask them to find the missing flashcards and what they are.

Project - Town

Word Categories


School Subjects

School Subjects.

Match the pictures with the words
Fill in the chart using SMILEYS. Interview 2 friends asking questions Do you like .... ? and fill in the form


Flash Cards - Emotions

Flash Cards - School Objects

Flash Cards - Town

Book Cover

Odd one out

Spelling Game


Activity Type:

Individual, vocabulary, spelling,  puzzle

Vocabulary Focus

Basic nouns

Level 2
Age : 9-10

Change one letter to form a new word

Grammar Revision

Language Aim:
  • grammar revion
  • practice of common questions an expressions
Answer the questions and write.

What s the word ?

Language Aim
  • vocabulary revision
football, book, television, monkey, jeans, birthday, watermelon,bedroom,numbers, snake, ball, piano, dining room,crocodile,
flower, socks, cow, bathroom, names, question

Individual or team work
Find words from the written clues

Animal Quiz

Language Aims :
  • Animal Vocabulary
  • Simple Present Form
  • Can
  • Have got
Organise the class into two or more teams. Reading from the puzzle, ask team A a question. If they are correct they win a point. Then ask team B a question, and so on.
Hand out copies of the puzzle to pupils to complete.

Flash Cards - Animals

Picture Dictionary - Animals

Bingo game

Odd one out

Are you hungry ?

Worksheet activity. Match words with pictures

Cat and Mouse - game

Cat and Mouse.
Minimum 8 Players
All Players except Two form a circle holdong hands with their arms outstreched. One player is chosen to be the mouse, and one the cat. The mouse begins on the inside of the circle and the cat on the outside.
The cat chases the mouse in and out and around the circle until the mouse is caught. The player who make the circle can help or hinder the cat by raising or lowering their arms

This is my nose - Game

This is my nose.
5 or more players
For this Game sit in a circle and one player is chosen to begin. Player 1 says to Player 2 "This is my Nose", but points to his or her knee. Player 2 says to Player 3 "This is my Knee" while pointing to his or her nose. The two statements are passed round the circle until someone makes a mistake by pointing to the right part of his or her body. Anyone who makes a mistake is out.
If the group is small or has even number of players, reverse the statement at the beginning of the second round or add a third statement - for example : "This is my Knee " while pointing to the shoulder. Then " This is my Shoulder" while pointing to the nose...

Certificate printables


Digestion Worksheet

A very simple worksheet for young learners to understand some of the parts of digestive system. Match the words with the pictures

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