Here’s a famous painting discussion class you can use as a warmer, cooler, filler or a springboard for art/ research projects with your EFL or ESOL class.
Download the PowerPoint show here Famous paintings or click the picture.
There are lots of ways to run the lesson and it will work with almost all levels. You’ll differentiate by student response.
1.Straightforward PowerPoint show.
Pair your students and have them read the first two questions. They should ask and answer the same questions for every slide. Walk round and listen to them as they chat.
2. Art Gallery Lesson.
Print off the pictures and stick them up around the classroom. Pair students and get them to walk round the pictures together, asking and answering the same questions from the first slide. Ask them to rank the pictures from the ones they like least to the ones they like most
3. The Research project
After doing the PowerPoint presentation, give students, in pairs, a copy of one of the paintings. Get them to find out as much as they can about both the artist and the picture using the internet. There are stories behind all of these famous pictures that are as important as the pictures themselves. Why is Andy Warhol’s picture of soup cans so important? So what about the Mona Lisa’s smile? Knowing more about these pictures will help your students appreciate them.
Please leave us a comment if you use the lesson.
Test your IELTS reading skills with this Academic Reading Test from Richard L King.
If you just want the test then: click here to get the Sample Academic Reading task plus answers.
Click here to download a sample IELTS Academic answer sheet
Please follow the steps below!
1.Make sure you have somewhere quiet to do the test. Turn off your phone, the television and the TV. You will need 1 hour. Do not give yourself more time.
2. Print off a copy of the test and answers above. Print off an answer sheet above.
3. Allow yourself 1 hour. Give yourself a break when you finish. Ten minutes should be enough.
4. Check your answers and read the explanations about them. Look for paraphrases and synonyms! Find out WHY your answers were wrong!
You should now have a better understanding of your reading skills.
For more sample IELTS exams, why not check out Richard L King’s book: Teach yourself IELTS Reading
To get the score you want in IELTS you need to know academic vocabulary.
Everyday English: ‘There were some people waiting at the bus stop’
Academic English: ‘There were a number of individuals waiting for public transport’.
Here’s a brilliant list to help! Just a few tips before you start.
You can download a pdf of this list here www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/publications/AWLmostfreqsublists.pdf
DON’T try to learn all of them! Concentrate on section 1 and 2 first.
Check out my other blog on how to learn more IELTS vocabulary before you tackle this.
THE ACADEMIC WORD LIST
The following list consists of the head-words in AWL. The 570 head-words in the list given in Coxhead (2000), this list has been re-ordered occurs by frequency, from “group 1” (most frequent) to “group 10” (least frequent).
For detail on the development and evaluation of the AWL, see Coxhead, Averil (2000) A New Academic Word List. TESOL Quarterly, 34(2): 213-238.
For more IELTS help, check out Richard L King’s Teach yourself IELTS Reading
Rachael Roberts will be joining our line-up of authors speaking at this year’s IATEFL with Caroline Krantz for their talk, ‘Cracking the code of English’. Today she joins us to preview that talk, focusing on decoding skills most useful for reading English as a language learner. When we talk about reading skills, what usually comes to mind? […]
Giving a two minute presentation
It’s scary giving a presentation – even when you are sure about your subject and you have prepared well. In the IELTS speaking exam, you’ll be asked to speak for 2 minutes on a given topic (see some example cards on the opposite page). Here are some tips which will help you get the best in the exam.
Use your minute preparation time well. Spend your minute of preparation reading the questions card. Then…
Make notes – but not too many. Write down a few bullet points that come into your mind. You can write these on the question card. Be calm. If you run out of things to say during the presentation, look at what you wrote.
Use sequencing ideas and phrases – but not too much! During your presentation you might like to use a few phrases or words that let the examiner know how you have structured your presentation. Phrases such as ‘Firstly, secondly…’ will clearly explain where you are in your presentation and make you look more confident.
Develop your ideas. When you are speaking try to expand on the bullet point notes that you made in the first minute. Use complex sentences to explain the ideas and explore them as you speak, showcase your use of grammatical tenses and clever words.
Don’t overuse phrases. If you have any expressions you use too much such as ‘you know’ or ‘like..’ or ‘…you know what I mean’, stop using them. Using them once or twice is fine, but overusing such phrases will make you look nervous and stop you using good sentences will conjunctions or linking words. You don’t have much time, try not to waste it repeating set phrases.
Be formal. IELTS is a formal test of your English.
You’re not a rocket scientist. The phrase ‘It’s not rocket science’ is a common idiom meaning you shouldn’t think something simple is complex. As a student or an academic, you might actually be a rocket scientist or a biologist or a chemical engineer. If you are, you will know that in the world of academia, your facts and opinions need to be well thought out and backed up by formal arguments. In the IELTS speaking exam however, you don’t have to worry about your ideas being thought out exactly, so don’t worry if your presentation doesn’t have perfectly logical ideas. IELTS wants to test your knowledge of English, not how intelligent you are.
Body language. Sit up straight look confident, smile and speak loudly and clearly, this will help you feel better and more in control.
Don’t panic. You have spent a long time getting as good as you are at English. Now it’s time to show what you can do. Take a deep breath and do your best.
For more IELTS help, check out Richard King’s book below
Hapland – Reading Instructions
This is a very frustrating flash game. I used it with my Level 1+/B1+ students to help them read for meaning.
Basically the idea of the game is to get the little man to safety byclicking on different parts of the picture in the right order.
How I ran the lesson.
1. All students had a computer. I directed them to the ‘Hapland’ website. Click herehttp://homepage.ntlworld.com/rallen/hapland.swf I asked the students to play it for two minutes. Then I elicited their opinions, did they think it was a good game? Would they play it?
2. Now I handed out the instructions (below) . They had to read carefully following these to complete the game. I encouraged them to help each other.
a) Open all the windows and turn the red arrow around.
b) Open the hatch on the right, click the yellow arrow to get…
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