delexical verbs 2

This second post on delexical verbs observes use of the students’ mother tongue in monolingual classes, as it is very much the case in most teaching situations. As Scott Thornbury puts wisely in his article T is for Translation, “with some structures (such as the future perfect) translation could be the most economical way ofContinue reading “delexical verbs 2”

phrasal verbs 3

This is the third and last post on the series of phrasal verbs. In this final activity the focus is on writing. The students will be consolidating the newly acquired vocabulary through writing short news stories. This activity can take place in the classroom but if you have already done any of the suggested classroomContinue reading “phrasal verbs 3”

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 areContinue reading “top three posts of 2017”

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 passageContinue reading “now in theaters”

question words

Here is a very straightforward way of exploiting a video from the Internet. It works best with short news stories like the one used as an example. Keeping the KIS spirit, it does not require any preparation from the teacher, other than finding and playing the video. Tell the students that the are going toContinue reading “question words”