Speaking For An Audience


These new kids need more public speaking skills than us. They will work on projects in teams, they will present their projects and they will need to be more confident in front of an audience. Thus, as teachers we can encourage our students to speak in front of an audience by assigning weekly projects. Friday afternoons can be a great time for doing this as on the last day of the week they feel tired and demotivated. You can find a lovely box, or a jar and put the project ideas in and ask them to choose the one for the next week.

Here are some suggestions but we can add more,

  1. Every week students choose a song which tell a story and prepare a 3-minute presentation about the song. They have to mention the band, singer, genre and the story of the song.
  2. Students scan through the week’s newspapers, online news channels and prepare their 3-minute presentation on current affairs.
  3. Students find out about the movies or the plays on and choose one that they’ve watched or want to watch and prepare a presentation.
  4. Students choose a quote that they like. Tell the class who said that and why they have chosen it and what it means.
  5. Students choose a colour and research how that colour effects people.
  6. Students choose two places they want to compare. they can be two cities, two cafes, two bookshops, two clothes shops, etc and prepare a 3-minute talk.


World Cup Lesson Ideas


worldcup2010Well, partly because I have classes with no football enthusiasm and as schools close this Friday, I can’t do any World Cup themed lessons with my students.  I believe the event itself can be a great resource for a speaking activity. However, there are other great things which can be done while the world cup is going on.

1. This one is in South Africa so it can be a good opportunity to reasearch the country. You can ask your students to learn something about Nelson Mandela or Nadine Gordimer as they also have Nobel prizes.

2. You can group students as A, B, Cs and ask them to reasearch the countries in their groups and present them to the class. They can even prepare a World Cup corner somewhere in the school with some information about the countries.

3. You can ask them to create trivia quizzes on past world cups.

4. They can prepare a presentation on unforgettable moments. I still remember how Maradona scored a goal with his hand and stayed unpenalised and as a result Argentina won the cup.

5. You can ask them to research the top scorers of the games.

6. You can ask the students to research some football legends like Pele, Cruyff, Socrates, Zoff ,Puskás, etc and  how they continued their lives.

For more ideas visit

Sean Banville’s Blog and read The Beautiful Game 2010. Sean is also determined to prepare a 9-page-lesson for each game so keep visiting Breaking english News.

Esolcourses for lots of lessons.

World cup project ebook by David Deubelbeiss

The Beautiful Game – South Africa 2010 by Chickensaltash


Let’s rock our classrooms

The idea is an inspiration from a student of mine who added a comment on the class blog to the link I added there and Ken Wilson’s asking on twitter if there were any Elvis fans out there and then I thought ‘yay, I have  great ideas for the first lesson of the new decade. We will start tomorrow so this is what I’m planning to do.

My students will prepare a project on Elvis Presley.

1. We will watch a video of a song  and they will fill in the gaps.

Listen to the song and fill in the gaps

In the ghetto

As the —————- flies
On a —————- and gray Chicago mornin’
A poor little baby —————— is born
In the ghetto
And his ————————- cries
’cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need
it’s another —————- mouth to feed
In the ghetto

People, don’t you understand
the child needs a helping hand
or he’ll grow to be an angry ——————– some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too —————— to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way

Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto

And his —————- burns
so he starts to roam the ——————- at night
and he learns how to —————
and he learns how to ————-
In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation
a young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don’t get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man
face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto

As her young man —————-,
on a ———————– and gray Chicago mornin’,
——————- little baby child is born
In the ghetto

2. I’ll show them the animoto and do a dictation.

3. Then I’ll ask them to write a paragraph about him.

4. I’ll group them and ask them to write a story using narrative tenses and time clauses

‘Elvis was at our school today’

5. I’ll ask them to write an acrostic poem for the king of the rock, may be they can even sing it.

6. I’ll ask them to prepare a poster using some pictures and the data to display their work.

And now I’m looking forward to seeing Elvis in our school. Do you want to join me.