Posted in efl, lesson ideas, lesson plans, movies, The Game, web 2.0 tools

The Game ~ A Movie Lesson

Using movies in the classroom is not just to spend some good time with students but it is also a great way of teaching.
I really love using Moviesegmentstoassessgrammar, Movie Segments for Warm ups and Follow ups and Film English. I also started a board on pinterest to compile some ideas for using movies in the lessons.

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Here is a handout I prepared for a movie, The Game.

Posted in cooking, digital storytelling, efl, fun activities, ideas, lesson ideas, lesson plans, listening, pairwork, teenagers, vocabulary, web 2.0 tools

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.

Posted in Enoch's Two Letters by Alan Sillitoe, Eveline by James Joyce, lesson ideas, lesson plans, literature, reading, stories, web 2.0, wordle, young learners

Eveline vs Edna, Reading Short Stories in Class

Another short story I love reading with my students is Eveline from Dubliners. I know it is difficult to understand Joyce for a teenager yet when guided, students get something from Dubliners. I have tried Eveline and Araby and they worked well.

I’d like to share what I do with ‘Eveline’.

Describe Ireland, Dublin and Dubliners at the beginning of the 20th century.

Create a glogster

Add links and ask students to research and tell you what they’ve come up with.

Talk about women’s place in society

Talk about daughters’ place in families.

Talk about unemployment. Causes and results.

How can unemployment change a person?

Introduce vocabulary.

Create a wordle of the story.

Put students in groups and ask them to guess the story.

Read the story and discuss your questions.

As a follow up, distribute a handout with the 1st paragraph of the story on.

Tell students to continue the story and adapt it to 21st century. I’m sure their Eveline will be more courageous.

Tell them to digitalise their story.

They can create a slideshow, glogster, comic or an animation.

Here you can see what I had previously wrote about ‘Eveline’

After reading Eveline then Enoch’s Two Letters by Alan Sillitoe, one of the angry young men of literature, I realized we can compare the two women in these two stories, Eveline and Edna. When I choose to read Eveline in class, I usually continue with Enoch’s Two Letters.

After we read the story, I tell my students to compare and contrast Eveline and Edna

  • They can write an essay
  • Create posters (glogster) describing two women, highlighting their differences.
  • They can write a pop song comparing Eveline and Edna.

A handout for Eveline and Enoch’s Two Letters

And I will also be glad if you share your ideas 🙂

Posted in London 2012, olympic games

Olympic Games in EFL/ESL Classrooms

During the Olympics I will not be able to do any lessons in the class as we started our summer holiday but there will be friends around the world that they will have classes while the GAMES are happening.

You can find some ideas and printables from the following links

Eslflow

English for games

Create a new Olympic Game or a mascot

The Olympics

More Olympics worksheets and teaching ideas

At the beginning of 2011-2012 I created the a wiki project but never found time to deal with it because of the Comenius project and the trips so if you want you can also become a member to this wiki and start creating projects with your students.

Olympic Games, London 2012