Category Archives: #YL

Great games for lessons

All too often when we talk about games in language lessons we mean some “fun” way of practising the present perfect for with a dice or a board for example, I’m not sure all my students are convinced by this! … Continue reading

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#ELT Project Ideas for teens

  Write a letter – last year we wrote a letter to the queen, who replied. This year we wrote to Harry, who apparently has been to busy to answer. So next year, rather than write one letter from the … Continue reading

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10 things to do when you finish the coursebook

I don’t want to rub it in but we have less than two months of school left and that time is filled with school trips, bank holidays, exams etc. This means we’re arriving at the time when we get to … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Games

Two teams (or more), choose a cool name for your team, then give the students 3 minutes to note down as many things as possible that: are yellow have 6 letters can be found in my pocket smell nice Rhyme … Continue reading

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Bloomifying “Giraffes can’t dance”

If you don’t know this amazing book then read it immediately, it’s fab! I recently gave a presentation on using Bloom’s taxonomy in storytelling so I thought I should practice a little what I preach.   Remember: Lower level skills … Continue reading

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Story telling preparation for Cambridge YL exams

My students often find the story-telling in part 3 of the flyers and part 2 of the movers speaking exam very challenging. I think the main problem comes from the fact that they feel they should be able to express … Continue reading

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Lego oral activity

My students really enjoyed this activity, although they did find it challenging. You need: -a blindfold per pair or per student if possible. – some lego, about seven pieces per student, and the same pieces for each pair. Instructions: -One … Continue reading

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Jungle Dance

We have been reading ” Giraffes Can’t Dance” this week, I love this book, it has a great “moral”: EVERYONE CAN DANCE, WHEN YOU FIND MUSIC THAT YOU LOVE! Not only did we study jungle animals, but as all the … Continue reading

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How to use Storytelling in the classroom

Once upon a time there was a group of teachers who were wary of using authentic story books in the classroom. They complained about everything. To start with, they said the vocabulary wasn’t of the bland, pre-packaged variety found in ELT books, … Continue reading

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How Parenting has improved my Teaching

I recently came across a request to talk about this by @thosethatcan on twitter, so here’s my list: 1. I give clearer instructions After watching my teen son run around like a headless chicken as he tried to comply to … Continue reading

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