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Apps for teaching english - way down the page you will find sounds: pronunciation!

Object of the day

This exercise gives the students opportunity to tell a little bit about themselfes.
I start with a theme about identity, and I ask the students to bring an object to share with their classmates - the object can be anything with a story, that tells us a bit about their identity. You can give them about 5 minutes to tell their story/ share, and then the other students can ask questions.

Sharing my experience

Yesterday I shared my experience at Bell's with my collegues!
I think I forgot to mention a great book called "Being Creative" by Chaz Pugliese (one of the teachers of creativity in the classroom) This book contains 3 parts:
Part A - an introduction to being creative
Part B - about 120 creative exercises on 3 levels (fantastic to have in your school bag!)
Part C - ways to evaluate your students and yourself in a creative way
This book is a must have!



ABC 123 writing practise

Don't hesitate you share your experiences with apps

Day 10 - Sharing creative activities (13 July)

On the last day of the course we all shared our creative ideas - it is always great to share, if you don't do it at your school, you should surgest that you do..
So please share your ideas here!

Creating and adapting materials

We get inspiration all the time - but you need creativity to adapt/ create your materials
- Books/ course books
- Ads
- People you meet
- Other people's materials
- Blogs
- Media

When you create materials you must think of:
  • level
  • topic
  • Students backgrounds
  • intrests
  • your own language
  • appropriate/ relevant
  • Skills/ language purpose
  • time
Take a look at the ad: "People who do" Blackberry

Day 9 - Listening and story telling (12 July)

* Heads up: We only listen to 60 percent of what we hear!

Live listening: We all know a person that speaks english (it does not have to be a native speaker, but it would be great - the important thing is that it is a person the students does not know) Set a time with the person and let them tell your students about a topic - it can be a person comming to the classroom or on skype.

Before you start: Make sure your students know the words (paper, fold, crease, unfold, turn, corner, long edge, short edge, overlap, tuck, tear, left, right, top bottom - maybe more) + Shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle) And bring coloured paper
The exercise: You fold and a student tells the others what to do! (find origami online - it can be other things)

Field trips

It is always great to get out of the classroom - but where to go and what to do?
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • A graveyard
  • Teach outside
  • Take pictures - describe them
Where do you like to go? And what do you do there?

Day 8 - Drama and role play (11 July)

Warm up:
Walk around and say hello to the people you meet
Now you meet someone you...
  • don't trust
  • secretly love
  • havent seen for 10 years (an old friend)
  • don't like
  • an old enemy
  • don't care for
  • like
The hotel:
Make a list of people who work in a 5star hotel
Create a name for the hotel
Now: devide the class into two (staff and guests)
The guests goes outside and decide what type of charactor they want to be
The staff stays in the hotel, create the setting, and devide the jobs
- The guests arrive - act it!
Build on: say "freeze" from time to time and talk about the situation, make complaints/ questions for the staff - mime it, act it out etc.
Put a lot of pictures (with people on them) on the table, the students choose a picture in groups, let them prepare "what takes place on the picture".
Put the pictures on the board, and let the students guess which picture they act
* Make a folder of lots of pictures - you can use them in so many ways!

Day 7 - Dictation and writing (10 July)

Running dictation:
Place the students and tables in a line in the middle of the classroom! Put the dictation on a wall behind one of the lines, the students have to dictate the text - running back and forth. (practise the punctuation marks before the exercise)

Shouting dictation:
Pair up the students, give them the same text (with different gaps) - let them stand at opposite walls and dictate together. (before you start: tell them what to do when they have finished: check it together, think about what you did, listen to the other groups.
Class dictation:

Cut the text into sentences, number them, and hand them out to the students. Now dictate! You can stop the exercise after a couple of lines, and ask the students what they think will happen.

Writing ideas:
  • Free writing with music
  • Writing a letter - act it out! Before you write a letter, give the students roles: address to/from, dear..., date etc. Let them stand on the floor - the floor is the letter, where are you?
  • Tip: find mistakes easier - read the text backwards!
  • A detective story:
    • Think of a charactor
    • write four adjectives about your charactor
    • tell your group about him/her
    • choose one in the group
    • give him/her a name + age
    • The person is missing and you want to help find him. You go to his house and find some texts in a drawer (letters, tickets, a postcard etc.)
    • Choose one of them and create it
    • Make a poster with the texts
    • Make profiles of another group's texts
    • and so on and so on - see where you go!
         "How will I know what I think until I write it down?"


An A - Z of being English

A - Ale
B - Bovvered
C - Crumpets
D - Diversity
E - Empire/ Eddie Izzard
F - Football
G - Grumble
H - Houses of Parliament
I - Irony
J - Jobsworth
K - Knights who say "Ni!"
L - Lurgy/i
M - Manners
N - Nanny
O - Oi!
P - Pub
Q - Queue
R - Royalty
S - Sorry
T - Tea
U - Understated (Ablisa's apearence on the x-factor)
V - Victory
W - Wimbledon
X - Xenophobia
Y - Yeoman
Z - Zucchini no! - it's called courchet!!!

Let your students make an A - Z of being ...

Day 6 - Pronunciation, speaking and problem solving (9 July)

Pronunciation: (and problem solving)
Interactive Phonemic Chart: or (this one does not have word examples underneath the symbol)

Exercise 1: Write different words in phonemics (use words you practise or related to your topic) Make a competition - Alex help! I can't remember your great game around the table - I'll get back with this!
What you have to do is make it into a competition - who gets the most wrong, for advanced students: let them spell the word, too.

Exercise 2: Make a list of problem-sounds (you can make, or your students can du it) Let them secretly choose a problem-sound, and have them draw a picture with the sound in it! Let the others guess. Make up your own tounge twisters and practise them. (maybe record them on your mobile, or their own)

Exercise 3: Word bingo!
Write 10 words "false friends" (three, tree, tin, thin, tick, thick etc. - whatever you are working on)
Make a bingo-card and let the students choose eg. 6 of the words - you dictate (remember to cover your mouth) Classic bingo from here.

Exercise 4: How many ways can you say YES? (no, hello, sorry etc) Make a competition!

1: Monday morning questions (using the senses - what is the nicest thing you have smelt this weekend)

2: Surviaval - in groups: Make a list of 5 things you would bring to a desserted island

3: Statements (Put a statement on the board - "Football players earn too much money!" or whatever, descuss it in groups)

4: Talkathon! With your students: Make a list of 5 - 10 of their favourite topics, when they have agreed put them on each their piece of paper. Make two lines of students - pair them with the classmate across from them. Now one line gets on of the topics each, and speak until they can't speak about the topic anymore. The student that speaks the longest wins! (you can give them grammar exercises when they finish! - "motivation")