Otagowano: classroom

ENGLISHOMETRE

With the start of a new school year, we all know how important it is to encourage students to use the English language in the classroom from day one. But if you have ever...

First day activities

Whether you like it or not, it´s time to go back to school! Here comes my personal favourite first day activity I have used over the years. I hope you will find it as...

Blogging about culture

Language learning is also absorbing the culture. Make your students be creative in exploring both English and English speaking countries’ culture. Level: Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate Aimed at: Teenagers Aims: getting to know British culture via...

LESSON PLAN: Holiday destination

Level(s): (B1/B2) Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate Aimed at: Teenagers/young adults/adults Aims: To practise authentic listening skills/ Speaking/cultural focus Materials: Handout 1/ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twWrYhTov2E Answer Key: 1: Medieval history; 2: Delicious local food; 3: Outdoor adventure; 4: Awesome...

Schools in Britain

Almost every textbook or activity book which we use for teaching English has some section dedicated to school life. Obviously, with younger or teenage students, it is something they have experience of and, usually,...

Lower primary classroom management

How to tame students? Many fledgling primary teachers very quickly realize that, whatever excellent teaching ideas they have, their lessons just don’t go the way they have planned them. It is very often caused...

FISH & CHIPS – cultural focus

Lesson based on a video Level(s): (B1/B2) Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate Aimed at: Teenagers/young adults/adults Aims: Listening for specific information/ Speaking Materials: Dictionaries/Worksheet 1/ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXbMzsi8rOM Time: +/- 1h   Have the students work in pairs and...

Once upon a time… – creative writing

How to make an interesting use of Past Simple and Past Continuous? How to make writing pleasant? Introduce creative writing to your lessons! Level: Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate Aimed at: Teenagers Aims: Past Simple and Past...

Literature in the English classroom

As a keen reader I would like to see more literature in the English classroom. There is a wide market of readers available for use during the lessons, however, the real challenge is to...

“My dream destination …”

When preparing  your students for end-of-school exam you sometimes feel bored with revising, doing listening exercises, drilling grammar and doing multiple choice tests. Don’t worry! Your students feel the same! Therefore, work on something...