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2016 genius inventions lesson plan

2016-GENIUSINVENTIONSLESSON-PLANIn this lesson students discuss the usefulness of various 2016 inventions. In the second stage of the lesson, students work with word formation exercises, modelled after Cambridge Advanced Use of English Part 3. The lesson is aimed at B2+ students, especially those who are planning to take the Cambridge Advanced exam. The class takes around 45 minutes to complete.

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Subject-verb agreement revision/extension

SUBJECT-VERB-AGREEMENTLESSON-PLANThe aim of this lesson is to revise/extend students’ knowledge about subject-verb agreement and practice using it in the context of talking about the use of smartphones. I designed specifically with my B2/C1 students in mind. To teach it you are going to need this worksheet and this presentationThe activities take app. 45 minutes. Continue Reading …

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Note down, pair, share listening and speaking activity

NOTE-DOWNPAIRSHARELISTENING-AND-SPEAKING-ACTIVITYThe aim of this activity is for the students to practice their listening and speaking skills. It is suitable for any level, groups of 2 and more students. It is best used to create interest in the lesson topic or to close the class.

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All the colours around us lesson plan

ALL-THE-COLOURS-AROUND-US-LESSON-PLAN In this lesson, students talk about the effect colours have on our lives, learn new adjectives to describe the area where they live, and practice the language of persuasion. It is suitable for levels B2-C1.

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Body language conversation class

BODY-LANGUAGE-CONVERSATIONCLASSThe aim of this class is to practice speaking skills in the context of talking about body language. One of the language goals is  creating nouns from adjectives. It is suitable for adult learners, levels B2 and up.

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Work-life balance conversation class

WORK-LIFE-BALANCE-CONVERSATION-CLASSThe aim of this class is to practice speaking skills in the context of talking about work-life balance. The lesson comes with a reading homework assignment. It is suitable for adult learners, levels B1 and up.

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Exploring model texts to improve writing

exploring-model-textsIn this post, I am writing about 5 ways to explore model written texts featured in coursebooks (Writing Reference section) to help students work on their writing. I have been using these ideas during my individual classes with adult students preparing for Cambridge First and Advanced exams.

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My three favourite activities for first lessons with adults

MY-FAVOURITE-ACTIVITIES-FOR-FIRST-LESSONS-WITH-ADULTSIn this post, I am describing my three favourite activities for first lessons with adult learners. I have been mostly using them during my individual classes. The objective is to learn more about the students through conversations and initially assess their language.

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Pronunciation Warm-up: Useless and Useful Activities. Guest post by Elena Mutonono

ELENA-MUTONONO-PRONUNCIATION-WARMP-UPS-(2)In her guest post, Elena walks us through introducing effective pronunciation warm-ups to our English lessons. Why are tongue twisters not necessarily the best way to go? What is linking? How to teach it? What do music videos have to do with it? Keep reading to find out.

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Problem solving speaking activity: part 2

MOREPROBLEM-SOLVINGACTIVITIES-(1)I have compiled a list of 15 problems to which students need to brainstorm solutions. This list is a result of classes I have taught to teenage and adult students. It is a perfect fit for conversation classes. The topics include: family life, relationships, neighbours, and shopping.

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