Today I would like to explore a very useful collection of videos recently started by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley, authors of the celebrated textbook series Outcomes. These videos are housed in their Youtube Channel Lexical Lab and the idea behind these videos is to explore common English expressions through life situations where you might expect to hear or use them. This series is called One-minute … Continue reading one minute videos
If you were to pick three things you really love in life, which three things would you pick? I would definitely pick English (including learning, teaching, training and writing), music and traveling in no specific order. Today I will be sharing with you the music hat that I wear sometimes in life. A few months ago I wrote a song about plastic pollution. It started … Continue reading a song lesson on plastic pollution
I absolutely embrace use of new technologies in the language classroom and time, research and experience have made a wiser teacher when it comes to integrating use of mobile phones and interactive whiteboard in the classroom setting. If I were to sum it in a short and direct way I would go along with these words: at times, in small doses and with a clear … Continue reading subtitles on/subtitles off
Here is a fantastic tool to introduce to our students in the language classroom if we have the technology available to us, that is, an Internet connected device, a data projector and speakers (or an interactive whiteboard). Youglish is a website that will render occurrences of word searches using YouTube video as corpora. One simply types the word or words into the search box and … Continue reading do you youglish?
I am sure you are familiar with the card game Taboo. You may have the game at home or you may have even brought it to your classroom for the students to play. As we all know, the goal in a game of Taboo is to get your teammates to guess the word you are describing, but there is a list of taboo words you … Continue reading taboo cards
This morning I was watching the recorded plenary talk that Paul Seligson gave at IATEFL Chile 2016 whose title was Hooking English: using song lines to build on existing knowledge. There are many ideas in his talk that resonate with my vision and use of songs in the classroom. The novelty factor of playing a full song towards the end of the lesson as a … Continue reading articles in English
Another year over… In this last post of 2017 I will be highlighting the top three posts of the year according to the number of visits in reverse order. Click on the images to read the full posts. At number 3 Word Challenge 2. In Word Challenge 2 students look for words and expressions they are curious about related to a given topic and then create … Continue reading top three posts of 2017