Getting Ready to Go Back to School


This image is from #eltpics and was taken by Vicky Loras

Some of us have already started teaching, some of us have started going to school to get ready for the new school year. During summer I bookmarked some sites that I thought will be handy now.

From my blog:
First of all I will have a look at last year’s 24th efl, esl blog carnival:

First week activities on my pinterest board:

Describe My Holiday:

When I was on Holiday: 

From the web:
8 first day of school activities:

Your First Lesson: 5 Essential Ice-Breakers That Guarantee Success :

Fabulous Ideas for the 1st day of school:

Activities for the 1st Days of School :

Back to School Activities:

Answers to ‘What do you do on the 1st day of school?’:

36 Interesting Ways to Get to Know Your New Class:

10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults: 

Back To School:

A Repost: #ELTchat: the loss of – Plan B


This is a repost for #ELTchat


For the last – well, almost two years now, since September 15 2010, #ELTchat has kept us on our toes and forged hundreds of professional and personal relationships amongst its followers who turn up on Twitter every Wednesday to talk about topics they have suggested and voted on – a community of peers which was created by a small group of colleagues – which grew and grew some more and became something that counts as an important part of our continuous professional development.

Like many great ideas, it didn’t hit just one person but several.

And that is how #ELTchat was created.    

The website to keep up the communication of its members, a base and repository of our ideas was one of the first things we all thought of creating – the wiki came later.

Andy Chaplin was keen to join the moderation team and help with podcasts and technical stuff; he was quick to buy and announced the good news to us after the fact.

A few months later, right after TESOL France 2011,  he suddenly disappeared – some say for reasons of health.

We never found out for sure.

We never received a single word of response to our emails. was and still is registered in his name.

And yesterday we lost it

On August 8 the domain expired and we have no way of taking over unless it goes up for sale again; it was very sad that Andy Chaplin did not find it appropriate to renew.

The news is really upsetting.

The work we have put in on this website cannot be told in a few simple words – but it has been a labour of love and we have got so much out of it that we have never regretted one single moment

We are pretty upset at the behaviour of this individual – disappointment is one big understatement.

But we trust that our community of #ELTchatters, our PLN for short, will again gather round the new domain which we have purchased –

It will take us a few days to put the website back on its feet

And all will be as it was before – all the posts in place all your thoughts and comments, all the polls and great summaries which got us on the shortlist of the ELTon Awards nominations

We will be back with a vengeance

We are not just a website – we did not get on the ELTon awards shortlist as just another website!!!


We are a great community of teachers and we have a Plan B!


See you all in September!!!

 Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto    Bruno Andrade         Sue Annan                Andrea Wade

Henrick Hoprea          Mike Harrison         Sue Lyon Jones        Vicky Loras             Lizzie Pinard 

             Tyson Sebunt    Melania Paduraru       Vicky Saumell             David Dogson

Lesley Cioccarelli    Cecilia Lemos     Fiona Price       Miguel Mendoza 

 Arjana Blazic     Doug Peterson      Chiew Pang

Huge Thanks for all these reposts  

Marisa Constantinides – Shaun Wilden

P.S. We would greatly appreciate it if any of you belonging to this great community of teachers,  teacher educators, bloggers, #ELTchat followers,  reposted this on your blog


Ready, Steady, Cook


Materials: Prepare small ingredient cards. (One ingredient on card/with pictures if you want or you can either bring food to the classroom)

1 computer for 2 students 😉 or you may supply them with some magazines even in L1

Level: Upper-int and above


Watch a part from Ready Steady Cook. Tell them to jot down any cooking vocabulary they hear. After watching the segment talk about the programme. What do the participants do?


Brainstorm cooking vocabulary and utensils. Give them an exercise.

Brainstorm basic ingredients that they think they usually find in their own kitchen. Tell them the words on the board will be the ingredients of their kitchen cabinet.


Put them in pairs

Tell them to choose 4 ingredients from your box. ( The cards or the food)

Tell them they will search the web/ magazines and find a suitable recipe for a 2 course meal with the ingredients from their kitchen cabinet and they’ve chosen.

When they come up with their recipes, they have to present it to their friends.


Follow up:

1. As a class they can choose some best recipes from the presentations and create a mini cookery book.They can create a page explaining cooking techniques, utensils and basic ingredients.

2. They can create a class cookery slide show using photopeach.

3. Each team can create a glogter with pictures and their own videos explaining how to cook.

4. They can create a powerpoint presentation and record their voice explaining their recipes.

5. You can create a voicethread for the class and each team can record one of their recipes.







No introduction is needed for this post. I love Beatles 🙂 I love using their songs in my lessons. Below I added some links which I had bookmarked for future use. I hope they will inspire us in the new school year.


1. 10 Stories Behind Beatles Songs

2. The Beatles information website. Links to the lyrics of the songs and a short information about the songs.

3. Behind the Beatles lyrics

4. What’s that Beatle song 
really about?

5. Beatles facts and trivia

6. Song facts

7. A Point of View: Why are the Beatles so popular 50 years on?

8. How to Use Beatles Songs to Teach English in the ESL Classroom:



11. The Beatles: A webquest

12. The Language of The Beatles’ Abbey Road [INFOGRAPHIC ]

13. A lesson idea

14. She is leaving home: A lesson plan:

15. When I’m 64: A lesson plan on my blog

16. A Fun afternoon in the class: