top three posts of 2017

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

countries for beginners

The draw for the Russia 2018 World Cup has been held and since many of our students will be building up excitement leading towards the tournament, I just imagined a lesson for beginners using the draw as a framework. The students will be practicing the pronunciation of countries and also trying to say things about those countries that they know how to in English, thus … Continue reading countries for beginners

the YARN approach

We all love using images in the classroom, whether it is to activate schemata (the background knowledge or experience of a situation or topic which creates expectations and helps interpretation or learning of similar contexts) as part of a more elaborate lesson or if the end goal is simply to talk about the picture itself . This is a short video from John Medina, molecular … Continue reading the YARN approach

now in theaters

This is mostly a pronunciation activity but it also deals with skimming for information in written texts and there are also elements of writing and group work with discussions conducted in English. Say you are halfway through your textbook. Divide your class into groups of 3-4 and tell the groups to choose a reading passage from the ones that they have read so far (or … Continue reading now in theaters

mannequin challenge

I guess I should spare you from explaining what a mannequin challenge is. Whether you love it or loathe it; whether you have ever been lured into posing for one or not, it might still be a fun thing to try in the classroom. “A mannequin challenge?”, I hear you say. Write “mannequin challenge” on the board and ask your students to generate questions they may … Continue reading mannequin challenge