pelmanism (with a twist)

Pelmanism: a card game in which matching pairs must be selected from memory from cards laid face down. Here is my tweaked version of it. Give your students some scrap paper and ask them to cut out cards. On each card they must write down a word or an expression that they have seen inContinue reading “pelmanism (with a twist)”

phrasal verbs 4

I typically kick off my lessons with a vocabulary review activity followed by a communicative goal to put the revised language into practice. As a big fan of dictations, I decided to try this activity out with my class of Upper-Intermediate students. A couple of days before they had completed an activity from the textbookContinue reading “phrasal verbs 4”

Padlet: practical use #295

I am a big fan of Padlet and similar web-based noticeboards. Basically these digital noticeboards allow users to place text, images, upload and embed videos or audio recordings and do team work on a given noticeboard. There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to use Padlet. I have my own but I’d ratherContinue reading “Padlet: practical use #295”

vocabulary lists

Linguist David Wilkins wrote in 1972: “Without grammar little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed”. Memorizing vocabulary is paramount to language competence and keeping vocabulary lists is a good way to consolidate it and provide spaced encounters and repetition. In this post, I will try to give you a few tips onContinue reading “vocabulary lists”

phrasal verbs 1

This activity revises phrasal verbs students are familiar with. It implies a bit of imagination or drawing skills (or both) in addition to language competence. Select about 10 phrasal verbs you would like to revise with your students. I will be using this list as an example for an Upper-Intermediate class. You will be usingContinue reading “phrasal verbs 1”