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Grammar revision with a music video: 4 ideas

Grammar-revision-with-a-music-video-4-ideasThe aim if this class is for your students to revise a number of grammar points: using narrative tenses, modal verbs, third conditional, and wish/if only to express wishes about the present and the past. The lesson is based on the music video to the song Shot at the Night by The Killers. It is suitable for levels upper-intermediate, advanced and students preparing for Cambridge exams.

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How a new word enters an Oxford dictionary lesson plan

HOW-A-NEW-WORD-ENTERS-AN-OXFORD-DICTIONARY1In this lesson students look at some new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, discuss the importance of updating dictionaries in general, and do a listening activity. Suitable for adult and teenage learners, levels intermediate and above.

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Using past modals for speculation and deduction: 3 activities

3-ACTIVITIES-TO-PRACTICE-PAST-MODL-VERBS-(1)In this post, I am describing 3 activities where students practice using past modal verbs for speculation and deduction. I have been using them with upper-intermediate, advanced, FCE, and CAE students who often struggle with the concept of using modal verbs for something other than expressing ability or obligation.

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An interview with your future self: speaking / writing activity

INTERVIEWWITHYOURFUTURESELF-(1)The aim of this activity is to provide students with a context to revise present, past, and perfect tenses. I planned it with my teenage students in mind and the inspiration came from this article. It might be executed as a speaking or writing activity. Suitable for levels intermediate and higher.

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Past modals speaking activity: abandoned places

PAST-MODALSSPEAKINGACTIVITYThe aim of this activity is to practice using modal verbs to speculate about the past. It is suitable for levels intermediate and higher. It is a good choice for students preparing for their FCE or CAE exams who need to work more on the use of modal verbs. It is based around the photos in this online article.

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5-minute reading activity: misheard lyrics

5-MINUTE-READING-ACTIVITY-MISHEARD-LYRICSThe aim of this brief reading activity is for students to identify and correct misheard lyrics in popular songs. It is a fun activity for both older and younger students which tests their reading comprehension and memory, and also encourages creativity. It is a great way to either start or finish the class.

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Used to speaking activity: life before smartphones

USED-TO-SPEAKING-ACTIVITY-LIFE-BEFORE-SMARTPHONESThe aim of this activity is for students to practice using used to to describe their lives before they had smartphones. The idea came from seeing this photo collection by Eric Pickersgill and reading this article in The GuardianContinue Reading …

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Speaking prompts for advanced students: photos

SPEAKING-PROMPTS-PHOTOSHow far would a conversation class go if the only discussion prompt was a single photo? No topic, no questions, no pre-determined outcome. Just the picture. Does it even make sense? This post describes how I decided to find answers to these questions.
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Country themed emojis speaking activity

COUNTRYTHEMEDEMOJISPEAKINGACTIVITY-(3)The aim of this speaking activity is to discuss notions that students find representative of their countries. It is suitable for intermediate and more advanced students, and complements such topics as national stereotypes, culture, and cultural differences. It was inspired by this article about Finland releasing a Christmas calendar that “is all about Finnish feelings represented in a set of emojis.” Continue Reading …

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Our lives without … speaking activity

OUR-LIVES-WITHOUT...SPEAKING-ACTIVITYThis speaking activity encourages students to imagine their lives without something considered quite vital nowadays and describe the new reality. It is a fun activity for levels intermediate and higher, teenagers and adults alike. It offers the opportunity for students to collaborate, exchange ideas, and practice such grammar points as modal verbs or second conditional.

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