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Thank You, another song lesson




I used this song  with my students last year.

I combined some of the activities from here and added some follow-up writing activities.

1.First I asked my students who we thank in our lives. I wrote some phrases on the board to help them to express themselves. I gave them post-it notes and I divided them into groups I told them they have to thank the friends in their groups. I  elicited the sentence and wrote some examples on the board “Thank you X for being very helpful” I also told them that they have to say a different THANK YOU to each of their friends. I put all the thank you post-it notes on the walls.

2. Then I asked them to list what the following words and phrases bring into their mind.





being late for work



3. I told my students to guess what the song we were going to listen be about using the words and phrases from exercise 1 and 2 write what the song we are going to listen will be about.

Then we listened to Dido’s Thank You and filled in the gaps on their handouts.

I also assigned them with a few follow-ups.

4. Understanding the song:

  • What kind of a day did she experience?
  • Why isn’t she unhappy?
  • How would she have felt in the song, if she didn’t have someone supportive in her life?

5. writing:

Change the song into a thank you letter. You may want to begin as below

Dear …..

You are sleeping now and I’m watching you. I know we couldn’t speak tonight as I was very tired but I want to thank you because —–

BTW I got really interesting letters written to their mothers 🙂

6. narrative:

This song can also be used for revising narrative tenses or writing a narrative. After listening to the song you can ask your students to write ‘an unlucky day in the life of ——-‘ or you can tell your students to write a story of a day based on the song.

Grade 11 SD Thank You notes.

Grade 12 follow ups

An animation Thank+you by anoosheeg_L

Like it? Create your own at It’s free and fun!

a summary and a thank you with good old power point

Thank You by Dido from Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Edublog Awards 2010-THANK YOU PLN



I’m so thrilled because this blog and our wiki project that we started almost a year ago with Alexandra Francisco have been nominated and shortlisted for the edublog awards.

I have thousands of words in my mind but can not find the correct ones to Thank  everybody who nominated my blog as best teacher blog and our project as best educational wiki.

Here is the full list of the nominees. If you follow any of them and you like them, just click on the links:

  1. Best individual blog
  2. Best individual tweeter
  3. Best group blog
  4. Best new blog
  5. Best class blog
  6. Best student blog
  7. Best resource sharing blog
  8. Most influential blog post
  9. Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
  10. Best teacher blog
  11. Best librarian / library blog
  12. Best school administrator blog
  13. Best educational tech support blog
  14. Best elearning / corporate education blog
  15. Best educational use of audio
  16. Best educational use of video / visual
  17. Best educational wiki
  18. Best educational podcast
  19. Best educational webinar series
  20. Best educational use of a social network
  21. Best educational use of a virtual world
  22. Best use of a PLN
  23. Lifetime achievement

Thank you

The blog competition ended and most of my friends have been voted for the top ranks.Here you can see the results.I’m so much honoured to be on the same list with these great bloggers, who continuously inspire, motivate, collaborateand support. I’m learning loads of things from them. I want to congratulate all of them.

Actually this ‘congratulations’ is for everybody who is blogging, tweeting and sharing the things they’ve already known instead of keeping all these to themselves.

I’m so happy to be part of this community.

Thank you

The A-Z Files: The Secret to Organising your TEFL Life! (by Janet Bianchini)

 Part of the series from my PLN


It’s not rocket science, you may well be saying to yourself. Of course, filing your materials in A-Z format is the obvious way to keep organised! Well, not everyone may do this, so I would like to share some tips which have helped me over the years to save a lot of hassle and stress when looking for materials at short notice. It will also make you very popular in the staffroom!

 Downsizing my beloved 100 A-Z files to only 25 files 2 years ago, before moving my stuff to Abruzzo, was in part a huge wrench, and in part liberating. I didn’t want to let go of the past at all. My life’s work, my research, my lessons had to be condensed. In order to freely move on in the future, you have to let go of some of the past. However, in this digital age, bulky and space-eating folders will probably become obsolete. Nowadays, you have excellent digital bookmarking sites such as Delicious and Diigo. Everything all under one easily accessible site 24/7 from any part of the world. This ease of use may make my A-Z filing system seem “old hat” nowadays.

As Easy as Pie?


 Everything you use for your classes is stored on your computer and so you only need a USB stick/i-Pad/ mobile to hand to exploit resources from the web in your lessons? Do you store everything on Dropbox?

I agree these are all wonderful tools to use but….realia which can be held and passed around to be viewed and used in role plays and games for example, will always be a necessary part of the teacher’s repertoire of teaching aids. This is where your personal A-Z folders or an A-Z filing cabinet in your staffroom, will come in very handy. At a second’s notice, you need something connected to, for example “Classroom Language functions”. No problem, you look in your Folder labelled “C”, kept in alphabetical file order according to topics, eg Functions A-Z , Grammar A-Z, Phrasals A-Z, Idioms A-Z etc, and immediately you find the cut-up cards you copied for practising Classroom Language functions taken from Using Once you have used the cards, pop them into a clearly labelled envelope, put the envelope in a clearly labelled plastic pocket “C”- “Classroom Language Functions” and then the plastic pocket goes into your dedicated functions folder or filing cabinet at school, ready to be accessed the next time. As easy as pie? 


 A bank of cut-up games, role play cards, pictures for different activities can all be kept in one conveniently located set of folders or cabinet, ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice. A stress-free staffroom is what I enjoy most of all. Relaxing safe in the knowledge that you do not need to do any photocopying for the last lesson activity, because it is already made up and ready to use. Also, you can feel pleased that you are doing your bit for ecology and a paperless classroom.

Top A-Z Sites
A-Z lists have always held a particular fascination for me. They appeal because I am confident that I will be able to find what I need very quickly. Living in a digital age it is even easier now to find materials which can be found instantly. In fact, it’s as easy as ABC! Here are some links to Internet sites which contain excellent use of A- Z examples of materials and resources:

An A – Z of ELT by Scott Thornbury
Carol Read’s ABC of Teaching Children
Word Spy Categories A-Z
Tool Kit A – Z for Education by Judy O’Connell
Free ESL Materials (in A – Z order) by Sean Banville
Cool Tools for Schools A – Z
Phrasal Verbs A – Z from

Janet’s A – Z


I am currently developing an A – Z digital list of my favourite bookmarks, so that I can personally access any topic at short notice. It is very much a work in progress and it is very rough at the edges so far. I chose wikispaces because I hope it’s indestructible. Having wiped out a whole year’s A – Z work in one single heart-wrenching second, you can understand how sensitive I am now to losing my work. The wonderful thing about a wiki is that if you accidentally delete your work, you can easily restore it by going to the History section in your account

smalljanetjoeypicI would like to thank Eva very much for inviting me to do a guest post on her lovely blog. It is a pleasure for me to be here. Eva is an important member of my PLN and I learn so much from her.

You can find me on Janet’s Abruzzo Edublog or on Twitter @janetbianchini

 I’d like to thank Janet Bianchini who agreed to write a guest post for my blog. She is a constant inspiration for the ones who reads her blog. I learn a lot from her. It’s a great feeling to have a PLN.

Thank you Janet for your, help and support.

Short Story Lessons: Eveline

One of the stories I love revisiting is Eveline from Dubliners. This year with my year 12 students we read it again. I’d like to share the follow-up activities we did. I grouped the students and assigned them with one task. They chose one and created the followings.

1. Adapt Eveline to 21st century and rewrite a short story with the same
characters in your own city.
2. Create a biography about the life of a character from the story.
3. Create a billboard for the story.
4. Create a movie trailer.
5. Write a poem about one of the characters.
Digitalising the story
1. Choosing a web 2.0 tool, summarise the story or analyse the characters or suggest the story to others
2. Direct your own movie or animation.
3. You can create a poster, an animation, a slideshow, a book cover
4. Create a Fakebook account for one of the characters.

Trailer created by Aris. Thank you Aris for the hard work.

Karin created an awesome Fakebook account using class

Sintiya’s poem

Christina’s adaptation to 21st century and Istanbul

More Eveline activities here, here and here

You can also visit our class blog and leave them a comment here 🙂

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