Optical illusions- a PPT for your English/ EFL / ESOL classroom

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This picture is not animated – it just looks like it’s moving!

I’ve just found more another optical illusion powerpoint on my hard drive.

I don’t know where it came from or who made it, or how I got it.

It’s an old favourite and perfect for a warmer, filler or just for when you have nothing else.

To get the most out of it

  1. Put students in pairs
  2. Have them discuss each one for a couple of minutes
  3. Ask for feedback.

You don’t have to do this for each one, but it will allow students to speak and produce more English.

Click the link below to download it.

If it was useful, please pass it on.

OpticalIllusions : https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/opticalillusions.pptx


It’s Christmas again in the ESOL / EFL classroom

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It’s time to dust off the old Christmas worksheets and pull out the tatty decorations. I’ve rounded up some of the best stuff on the web in terms of worksheets, shows, interactive games and song

Worksheets

The English Language Space Station has some good lessons on Christmas http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/ESOL.htm#Festivals and Celebrations in the UK

There are some really good Christmas worksheets from bogglesworld.com http://bogglesworldesl.com/christmas_worksheets.htm

Christmas Shows

Jackie Lawson has some really great, free Christmas shows which I have been sending and showing to my students for years and years, they’re brilliant. http://www.jacquielawson.com/cards_christmas.asp

Some great shows are also avaliable from Katie’s Cards http://www.katiescards.com/ecard-category-christmas-7763.aspx?gclid=CM_0_MGP2qUCFccKfAodLXjTkg

Interactive Games

Some great Christmas games here http://flashghetto.com/christmas

Watch as Father Christmas tells you what you will get for Christmas http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home

Very funny dancing elf videos, you can upload your photo and watch yourself boogie at Elf Yourself http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/


Writing Cards – Christmas Cards for ESOL, ESL and EFL

 

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Can’t be bothered to read the post – Click here for the lesson on Writing Cards

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Sending cards is an enourmous business in the UK and the USA with the average person spending way too much time and money on them. There’s also a lot of social pressure to send and receive them especially at Christmas time. Who hasn’t been presented with a card for someone who is leaving the office, sick or getting married, and thought ‘I don’t know what to write!’?

It’s also pretty difficult for ESOL/EFL and second language English learners to write them to. I used this lesson with a group of pre-intermediate learners.

Here are the lesson stages

1. Ask the students to tell you when they last recieved a card of any description. Write a list of the cards they tell you about on the board. It might look something like this. Anniversary, wedding, congratulations, birthday, valentines, get well soon, sorry, condolences…

2. Pass out the sheet and have the students correct the mistakes then match the card messages to the people they are for.

3. Now ask students to write their own messages in response to the prompts. You could ask them to work in pairs or alone and could check the answers by getting to write on the board.

4. There are some really good electronic greetings cards on the net. You might like to show these to your students if you have an interactive whiteboad or projector.

http://www.jacquielawson.com/

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Big list of antonyms for academic English : IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC

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Here’s a great list of academic antonyms to help you with your IELTS speaking and writing.

Lists are great, but how can you use them? Do you learn them? Do you just read them? What do you do? Read the advice below.

  1. Read through this list and circle 10-15 antonym pairs that you don’t know and learn them. Test yourself on them.
  2. Read through the list. Choose ten hard pairs you don’t know, print them off and stick them on your wall / toilet wall / fridge door – anywhere you will look, often
  3. Play a game with them like the awesome word frog game http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html
  4. Play pelmanism. Choose ten you think are useful. Write them on small pieces of paper. Put them face down on a table. Now turn each one over and try to match the pairs.

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Halloween English – The Vampire Lesson

Here’s another lesson for your ESOL, ESL or EFL students tapping the now mainstream interest in Vampires. Get the worksheet straight away by clicking here – https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-vampire-lesson.doc

Whether your students enjoyed the seminal video game Vampire: The Masquerade – bloodlines a few years ago or they enjoy The Twilight series of films or the TV shows True Blood or The Vampire Diaries, this lesson might be up their street.

Not everyone likes vampires, so I’d suggest you be careful with this one. Don’t use it with kids or those that are easily offended. Culturally, these kind of vampires are very ‘western’ and so if your students are not familiar with modern, American mythology then this probably won’t work. The Chinese have their own versions of vampires and so do a lot of other cultures…

There’s no special way to run the lesson, just follow the activities on the worksheet. There are broken lines around the worksheet so you can cut the sections up with a pair of scissors if you don’t want students to do it all at once.

Here’s the worksheet again – https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-vampire-lesson.doc


Hapland- IELTS and Video Games – Reading Instructions

Hapland is a very frustrating flash game. http://foon.uk/farcade/hapland/

Read the instructions below to complete it.

If you like video games, walkthroughs are great way to practise reading. Following complex instructions to complete a task will give you some INTERESTING reading practice.

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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.

Instructions

a)    Open all the windows and turn the red arrow around.

b)    Open the hatch on the right, click the yellow arrow to get a man out.

c)     Click on the man to fire one round in the low position to drop the bridge down.

d)    Click the cannon to move it up. Fire the second round up at the bell and click the spear thing so it goes the other way JUST after the round hits the bell

e)    Fire the next two rounds at the bridge, but click the bridge to as they hit it to knock them in the air and explode without causing damage.

f)      Click the light bulb a few times next to the man at the bottom to get him to smash it.

g)    Fire the last round in the low position, and the bottom man will pick it up and open the door with it.

h)    Now click the man by the machine so he gets in it, and click the yellow arrow to get another guy out, get him to fire the other man up at the bell.

i)      The man by the bell will move the tower over if you click him. Then click the spear thing. Now keep clicking the bell till it falls. No more land mine.

j)        Click the door in the bottom left so the man comes out and JUST as he goes in the door on the right, click the man at the bottom. A dog tries to chase him, but the falling concrete stops it.

k)      You did it!

For more of the same check out Richard L King’s great book below

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IELTS, TOEFL Academic reading: Read quicker! I need more time!

 

There’s not enough time!

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If only I had more time…I could do better if I had more time. I need more time.

Slow down! There are no short cuts!

Academic reading tests are hard because they don’t give you much time. You need to be able to read faster! Here are three simple tips that will help you read more quickly.

1. Change your way of thinking.

If you want to succeed you will have to ENJOY READING.

Read something you like – do you like football? Aeroplanes? Video Games?

FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO READ!

2. You will only get better at reading if you READ!

Read 1 article a day for 15 minutes. Try this for a month.

No excuses!

You can find good, free articles here.

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3. Learn to skim and scan

Reading techniques help you find information quickly.

Download our worksheet here.

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For more help with academic reading. Check out Richard L King’s book Teach Yourself IELTS reading.

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