Otagowano: young learners

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...

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...

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...

Pick-up lines – the beginning of love?

Levels: Intermediate/Upper-intermediate Aimed at: Young adults/adults Aims: Speaking/identifying words in an authentic listening text/ Time: +/- 1h Materials: Handout 1 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLZqsx9wua8 Write the following question on the board: What are the most popular...

Using songs and music in the classroom

Levels: Upper Intermediate Aimed at: Young learners/young adults/adults Aims: To enhance students´ knowledge in the lexical field of adjectives of quality/To practise listening skills/To encourage pair work and autonomous learning Time: +/- 60 minutes...

Last Christmas – old favourite with a twist

Levels: Intermediate/Upper-intermediate Aimed at: Young learners/young adults/adults Aims: To practise listening skills in a memorable way /To expand vocabulary range/To review Past Simple verb forms/To encourage speaking in the context of Christmas Time: +/-...