Tag Archives: TEFL

Halloween worksheets for your English class

                https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/halloween.doc If you live in the UK or the USA, the end of October means more little kids dressed as skeletons knocking on your door and screaming ‘trick or treat’ before you dish out the sweets. Here’s an old favourite that I’ve used on Hallowe’en for many […]

Giving a 2 minute presentation: IELTS Speaking

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 […]

ELT course books that will never get published

Here’s my list of  EFL courseboks that will never get published. 1. GunPoint – A new pre-intermediate course book dealing with all aspects of international criminal English. 10 hard hitting chapters cover vital criminal skills such as extortion, weapon vocabulary, hacking, robbery and how to deal with police interrogation. The free DVD contains twenty of […]

The Royal Wedding ppt – a quick ten minute chat for your intermediate English class.

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. […]

Teaching English/ESOL/ESL with SmartPhones – ten things I’d like to do.

In the UK you can get a smartphone for £100 and they are only going to get cheaper as more people want them. A device with a camera and video camera, access to the internet, with thousands of apps and the ability to share and recieve information will have a profound effect on education if […]

Low Level Grammar PowerPoints – The Present Perfect

  https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/present-perfect-make-some-sentences.ppt Here’s a really quick powerpoint that gets students to make sentences in the present perfect. It could be used as a written task, but I think it’s best as a spoken activity where students just shout out the answers. It’s not a lesson in itself but more of a supplement to a lesson […]

Thinking homework

What is thinking homework? Thinking homework is a task you set your students that only requires them to think – nothing else. No writing, no reading, just thinking. Sitting in the bath, driving the car, walking in the rain or laying in bed. All students have to do is think. There is some work in […]