Tag Archives: English language

Writing Cards – Christmas Cards for ESOL, ESL and EFL

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

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. Basically the idea of the game is to get the little man to safety byclicking […]

Learn English with Muhammad Ali – a quotes worksheet for your English class

A brilliant athlete, entertainer and role-model, Muhammad Ali used his language skill to attack, humiliate and make fun of his opponents even before they stepped into the ring. Here’s a warmer/ filler/ cooler lesson on his quotes and life. This should take about half and hour and would be good for intermediate EFL / ESOL or ESL students […]

Guest Blog: David Clayton: SMARTphones: Student Motivation and Autonomy using Relevant Technology.

The purposes of the activities listed below are to increase students’ exposure to natural English, their autonomy, and their motivation. This will be achieved by the innovative use of familiar and valued technology, encouraging effective study skills and good practice, and by providing fun, meaningful, achievable activities using authentic materials. A recent poll of my […]

Teaching English using anecdotes – some ideas

An anecdote (to quote OALD) is a ‘a short, interesting or amusing story about a real person or event’. They are a great way of learning English, they are fun, entertaining and whether you are listeing to them or telling them, they offer a real chance to practise language. There are loads of ways you […]

Riddles for the English classroom

I’ve just found these old riddles on my hard drive and thought I’d share them. Oh and Nik Kershaw’s The Riddle is a class eighties tune – especially if played loud! Click here for the PowerPoint show https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/riddles-for-the-english-classroom.ppt They’ll provide a quick bit of speaking practice for pre-intermediate to intermediate EFL, ESOL or ESL students […]

The Google Translate Challenge

Language students routinely turn to the web to do their translating and there’s not much better than Google Translate. It effortlessly handless data and will translate into different scripts like Arabic and Russian, it can even translate some idiomatic phrases. It’s still a long way from being perfect, however and it gets a lot wrong. […]