Here’s another PowerPoint show with loads of different types of faces and people for your students to describe. I’ve put down a few ideas on how you could get more out of it below, but if you just want to get straight to the content, click below.
How to run this lesson
This ppt will work best to help practise vocab and structures used to describe people. You can pretty much use it with any level, higher students will be able to say more and lower students will be able to say something like ‘He’s got…’
1. Split your students into pairs and explain that the first student is number one and the second number two. Tell them that they are going to have two minutes to describe the face/person to their partner. Depending on how good your students are you might like to have them focus on one special aspect of the person, such as
– What they look like
– What their life history might be
– What their personality migfht be like.
2. Now show the PPT to students. Student 1 will talk about the first picture, then you tell them to ‘swap’ and the second student will describe the next picture. Repeat this until the end of the slide show.
3. When students have finished you can feedback on the language that you heard students producing (negatively or positively) or scroll back up to some of the more intereting faces and ask individual student to tell you what they think.
Here’s the PPT file again : https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/portraits.pptx
Can’t be bothered to read the blog? I wouldn’t bother either, here’s the worksheet: https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/the-zombie-lesson.doc
I quite like zombie films and most of my pre-intermediate and intermediate students do as well. Here is a three part Zombie lesson to get them talking and reading about the most popular undead monster in modern culture.
Pre- reading. – You can dictate these questions or cut them up and ask students to read them together
Reading – You could dictate a few comprehension questions about this or blank out a few of the words to make it a gap fill exercise.
Discussion – ask students in pairs to make their own zombie apocalypse plan outlining what they and their partner would do to survive the zombies. I put a few sentences students could finish but they could write anything. Help them out by giving them some ideas. What would they do if there really was a zombie threat? Would they go to the supermarket to get food, the DIY store to get weapons? Where would they go long term? How would they really survive?
****WARNING**** I wouldn’t do this lesson with students who aren’t familiar with the Zombie genre, younger students or students who wouldn’t like this kind of thing.
Here’s the worksheet again https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/the-zombie-lesson.doc
Let me know if this lesson worked or not.
More of the same from: www.englishlanguagespacestation.com
Can be bothered to read the short post? – download the Royal Wedding PPT here. (can you find the puctuation error?)
It’s the most important wedding since the last important wedding but, like it or loathe it Prince William’s marriage to Kate is big news and it might be a good subject to get your students chatting.
Here’s my own royal wedding powerpoint that I’ve been using with my students. Click here to download the powerpoint.
Royal wedding lessons on the net
Breaking News English has a good Royal Wedding lesson here http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1102/110218-royal_wedding.html
The TES has a few Royal Wedding lessons but you have to be a member http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Royal-Wedding-Procession-Route-6073740/
Some great material for the Royal Wedding here at Michelle Henry http://www.michellehenry.fr/williamkate.htm
Really good lesson plans and a PowerPoint show from Guardian Teaching Resources, discussing, among many things constitutional changes. You must be a member to view these. http://teachers.guardian.co.uk/resources.aspx?q=The%20Royal%20Wedding
Playing a board game is fun and requires more than a little bit of language. You have to explain the rules, give advice on how to play, ask for tips, encourage, cheat, discuss and generally chat while you play. All the perfect ingredients for a language activity that might not be good for a full class, but might be great to fill a tutorial hour with a small group or engage an ‘English Conversation Club’. Here are my best board games to play with your students
The king of board games where player make words to score points. This has the added bonus of already ‘looking like’ it will be good for learning English. Get students to play together and allow them to use a dictionary to help them – it’s not cheating!
The world conquest game is legendary. Simple, fierce and easy to learn, it will have your students engaged straight away. Use the goal cards with higher level students to encouarage sneaky tactics.
Complex, iconic and involved. What better way to learn a language than to engage in trade? Encourage students to make deals with each other by buying and selling the properties they have. Also, you must use the ‘Free Parking Rule’ – this puts lots more cash up for grabs.
Pontoon (or twenty one) – Quick game to encourage speculation and guessing. Lots of opportunity for fun and laughs, good for lower level students who need to practise numbers.
Games I wouldn’t recommend
Chess – too much thinking and not enough chatting. It’s a bit like boxing in that both players just want to crush each other – not good for a friendly language activity.
Poker – again, too much frowning and not enough chatting.
Purely dice games like snakes and ladders or ludo, there’s no chance to speak here.
Anyone know any other good board games to play? Or can I hear my voice echoing round an empty virtual hall?
Here’s the second edition of my complete lessons using only PowerPoint slides. Can’t be bothered to read the post? Get the lesson here
I think this lesson on relationships fits in really nicely with Valentine’s Day, especially since the audio features a lady dumping her boyfriend. It’s for pre-intermediate learners and should take about an hour. You only need the PowerPoint show above and working speakers to play the audio, students only need a pen and some paper.
Elicit different types of relationship from the class before you show the slide – mother, father etc. Now show the slide, students have to write their own explanation for each word.
Students match the phrasal verbs to the meaning.
Ask and annswer the pre-listening questions as a class before listening to the girl dumping her boyfriend. Students answer the gist question.
Now students listen again and answer the more detailed questions
Students ask and answer these questions in pairs or small groups. You can monitor and give feedback at the end.
Here’s the PowerPoint lesson again
You can find more lessons like this at http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/complete_PowerPoint_Lessons.htm
Here’s an old favourite, a powerpoint lesson that you can show with a projector or on your interactive whiteboard. It focuses on students responding to visual prompts asking them what they would say in cetain situations.
Can’t be bothered to read the post – download the lesson here.
Level: A2- B1 / Entry 3 / Pre-intermediate
Time: 30 mins
Technology needed: IAWB or projector to show the show.
How to run the lesson:
1. Before showing the ppt show, write these phrases up on the board. ‘Cheers/excuse me/ take care/’ and ask students to tell you what they mean and in what situations they would be used. ‘Cheers’ in modern English means ‘thank you’ as well as ‘to your health’ when drinking, ‘excuse me’ can be used to say sorry, or to express shock or concern at something if said with rising intonation as a questions. ‘Take care’ is something we say instead of goodbye and is a very nice thing to say.
2. Ask students to number a sheet of paper one to ten. As you show each picture ask students to write down what they think should be the response.
3. When you have done all ten elicit feedback from the students. You might like to look at the suggested answers on slide 11.
Here’s the lesson again –https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/speaking-prompts-suggested-answers-at-the-end.ppt
If you like this kind of lesson, check out the English Language Space Station’s complete powerpoint page http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/complete_PowerPoint_Lessons.htm