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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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Visual prompts: my 3 favourite illustrators

SPEAKING-PROMPTS-ILLUSTRATORS-#1-(1)In this post, I am coming back to the issue of organising my classes around images rather than topics and lists of conversation questions. I am sharing the list of my 3 favourite illustrators and some tips on using their work during lessons.

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February 3-2-1

February-3-2-1In February, I spent a lot of time looking for reading and listening resources my students could use for some after class language practice  I teach several elementary and pre-intermediate students and finding level-appropriate online resources was more difficult than I’d expected. I also stumbled upon two interesting apps for teachers and learned about a potentially incredible learning website which I’m not quite sure how to use. Take a look!

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Voscreen: teaching with video clips

VOSCREEN-TEACHING-WITH-VIDEO-CLIPSI might be a bit late to the Voscreen party as I discovered this free platform a couple of months ago. I’ve been experimenting with it quite a bit and I’d like to share my 10 ideas about using it with English learners in and out of the classroom.

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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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My day in four skills: #4skills1day

MY-DAY-IN-FOUR-SKILLSThe idea for this post came from Joanna’s wonderful blog and I’ve been meaning to write it for a couple of weeks now. Once I sat down to it and looked at these first couple of days after coming to Berlin from my Christmas break in Warsaw, I realized that each day I’ve been juggling as many languages as skills. Yesterday was no exception.

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Office Christmas parties lesson plan

OFFICE-CHRISTMAS-PARTIES-LESSON-PLANThe aim of this lesson is talking and writing about the dos and don’ts of office Christmas parties. It is a great opportunity to revise and practice different ways of giving advice. The lesson is suitable for adult students, levels pre-intermediate and above. The lesson is based on the article published in The Telegraph.

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Phrasal verbs about food: writing activity

PHRASALVERBSABOUTFOODThis writing activity helps students learn and practice different phrasal verbs about food. It is a perfect fit for classes about nutrition, diets, health, and fitness. It might be used with groups and individual students, levels intermediate and higher.

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Business email writing lesson plan

BUSINESS-EMAIL-WRITINGThe aim of this class is to talk about business email writing etiquette, and practice composing and replying to emails. It is perfect for in-company students, both groups, and individual.

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