I’m a nerd. It’s true. Always have been. Sometimes I’ve just thrown people off with nice clothes and the occasional hippy hairstyle. Thankfully, nerds have now taken over cool. And thus, it should come as no surprise that one of my favourite types of media to bring into class every once […]
Have you ever written down one of your entire conversations verbatim? Probably not. Now, when you read the dialogues in coursebooks outloud, do you think they sound like your conversations? Also, probably not. Something’s off. Determining the difference can be an interesting exercise, both for students and also instructors.
One of my favourite tools on the web is bulletin boards (no, not those from early 90s web chats). They work like a basic corkboard you put up in your classroom wall and they can even look like it too. My experience with these types of tools has been either as a collaborative birthday greeting […]
You wake up, groggy, and in the moments before reality seeps through, you can’t remember where you are or what’s happening. Bang, bang. The door? You question the authenticity of sounds you hear. You realize that someone is knocking on your door and yelling your name, not […]
I’m tired of listening practice. More specifically, I’m tired of the limitations present with traditional methods of doing listening practice. Usually, it involves playing an audio file from one set of speakers at the front of the room. Challenge 1: volume. Challenge 2: time constraints. Alternatively, I point students to audio on the internet and […]
Section C – Writing: Bulleted Lists
Duration: 60 minutes
Goals: Ss become able to created bulleted series using parallel structure.
Note: This section of the lesson builds on the previous three sections and is not segregated from them.
(S /S – S – S) Give Ss the Continue Reading →
Section C – Grammar: Reduced Relative Clauses
Duration: 60 minutes
Assumption: Ss have been exposed to and practiced both restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses in previous lessons
Goals: Familiarize students with reduction conventions, recognise examples in written text and produce them both in aural and oral situations
As Ss are discussing the […]
SECTION B – Critical Reading: Analogy
Duration: 30 minutes
Goals: Enable students to examine and understand text written in an analogous way
After introducing the theme of politics and election-related vocabulary from part A, let’s set up two lessons (1. critical reading using […]
Creating your own material can be a lot of work, but what can result from it is a customised lesson to a context you and your students both enjoy, one that can cover the target language you want to cover and a reusable resource for future classes. Over the next several posts, we’ll demonstrate this […]
You’ve introduced the video and context however you find most […]