songs: fill-in-gaps with a twist

This is one of my favourite song activities ever. It focuses on having a look at relevant vocabulary from a song by means of a dictation (again, with a twist), on having the students mingle and help each other with meaning and then doing your typical fill-in-gaps. Finally you may decide to allow time for some speaking interaction with the target vocabulary. Select 10-15 key … Continue reading songs: fill-in-gaps with a twist

one-minute videos 2

About a year ago I discovered a nice collection of one minute videos recorded by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley. Each video recording features an English expression which is clearly explained and presented with examples from real life conversations. You can find this collection housed in their Youtube Channel Lexical Lab. I shared a generic way of exploiting these videos for all language levels in … Continue reading one-minute videos 2

summer series: three reading activities

Wrapping up the summer, this is the last post for the summer series before I start blogging again with new content. This time the focus is on reading activities. Once again, click on the links for the full posts. In from reading passage to interview, students turn a reading passage into an interview. They read -and understand- a text and then get into pairs and … Continue reading summer series: three reading activities

summer series: three vocabulary activities

Time to highlight three blog posts focusing on vocabulary revision, recycling and practice. Linguist David Wilkins (1972) wrote: “without grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed”. Let’s have a look at some of my favourite vocabulary activities. Once again, click on the links for the full posts. In dictation 1 students review words and expressions from previous days by means … Continue reading summer series: three vocabulary activities

summer series: three speaking activities

It’s time for another summer series. This time I will be focusing on speaking and here is a selection of three blog posts that have drawn a little bit of attention over the last couple of years. Click on the links for the full posts. In speaking: from specific to general I argue how much more productive it is to think of very specific questions … Continue reading summer series: three speaking activities

summer series: three listening activities

This week I am showcasing three listening activities from this site which have gathered a lot of interest. In fact, the listening realm together with vocabulary activities seem to raise the most interest on this site. Click on the links for the full posts. In one minute videos I take a look at Hugh Dellar’s collection of one minute videos on the Lexical Lab channel … Continue reading summer series: three listening activities

summer series: three grammar activities

Hope you are all having a nice relaxing summer. I am indeed. So here’s the second post on the summer series: three grammar activities. Click on the links for the full posts. In skeleton questions the teacher thinks of conversation questions for the class for some speaking practice on a given topic. However, instead of writing down the actual questions, she only provides key content … Continue reading summer series: three grammar activities