A Lesson Idea

I think the life Steve Jobs led, his achievements, his dreams, his talks and the gadgets he revolutionised and presented us will teach many lessons to the teenagers. They have a long life with dreams and opportunites so I decided to take this article to class tomorrow and prepared a lesson on it.

You can also check the followings to inspire your kids in the class.

Hot off the Press!!! An Activity about Steve Jobs by Cecilia Lemos

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One of the answers of my students to What we learned from this article…

Lemon Tree; An activity for tomorow’s class


I was reading Vicky Saumell’s Eltchat summary on Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses, I came across with the suggestion of Lemon Tree by Fool’s Garden and I realised how versatile can this one song be. You can use the song

1. to review preposition:

 prepare a gap-fill exercise just omiting the prepositions

2. to practise present continuous tense:

  •  prepare a gap-fill omiting the verbs
  • prepare a handout with images of these verbs and ask students to fill in the gaps with them.
  • after listening to the song, divide the students into groups and tell each group to draw one scene from the song. ( you can watch the animation later and they can compare their drawings with it)
  • Display the pictures on the walls and ask students to write what is happening in each scene
  • Make a movie clip with the drwaings

3. to revise adjectives:

  • prepare a gap-fill omitting the adjectives from the song
  • After listening to the song, tell them to rewrite the song with the opposites making all the necessary changes to make the song meaningful. It will be a brand new song.
  • Find a tune for your song and sing.


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Students listen to a piece of music. Preferably something in an other language or instrumental.

While listening, they just write the words that go with the melody.

After listening, ask what they have listed.

A student writes all the words on the board.

Then they write a paragraph with the words on the board. They can even write a story.

You can do the brainstorming in the class and assign the story as homework.

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Aim: to focus on structures using too and enough and the difference between them.

After teaching too and enough as a follow up I did the following activity. It was spontaneous, I wasn’t prepared for a better skeleton for the poem but they loved the idea.

Tell students to list the things their parents, teachers or elders say for about being too young or old enough.

Give examples :

Parents usually say you are old enough to take some responsibility. However, they also say you are too young to go out late.

Then write the skeleton poem on the board and say they will write a poem. They can even create their own poem with the same idea.

My parents say I’m too —-

but they want me to —–

They say I’m ———- enough —–

However, —-

I think I’m too ——

but too (possibly an opposite)

I believe I’m not ————— enough

However, I’m ———————– enough

And these are the —-

As a follow up you can ask them to prepare glogs or slideshows with their poems.