Adapting a Reading for Advanced Learners to Focus on Vocabulary
Teachers learn how an article can be adapted to raise the level of its vocabulary. The reading, “Iditarod: Annual Sled Dog Race,” from the journal English Teaching Forum, focuses on Alaska and the annual 1,000-mile dog race across the state.
Politeness is More than "Please"
This lesson in Teaching Pragmatics allows students to learn some politeness strategies in English.
Prepositions of Time
This lesson presents two activities using the prepositions for, while, during, and since. In these activities, students practice correctly using the prepositions for, while, during, and since to talk about time.
This activity provides students with the opportunity to practice using reported speech as part of an exercise on writing a newspaper article about a celebrity interview.
English on Tour
This activity provides students with the opportunity to practice speaking and presentation skills through a tour guide activity.
Responding to Job Interviews
In this activity, students will learn how to prepare for the most common interview questions. In addition, students will prepare for the unexpected in interviews.
In this activity, students will experience job interviews while practicing strong adjectives that will make them the perfect job candidate!
Business Start Up
In this activity, students will have the opportunity to practice communicating business ideas to the rest of class by creating a start-up business.
In this activity, students will practice reading as they take a career quiz and then practice speaking as they report to the class on a career that they learned about.
Improving the Friendly Discussions of Controversial Issues
This lesson aims to introduce students to a variety of pragmatic routines and lexical phrases employed in disagreements between peers.
Professional Video Gamer
In this activity, students practice using gerunds and infinitives through a reading activity on professional video gaming.
In this activity, students introduce and meet a classmate through a written journal discussion. The activity is designed to get students comfortable sharing their writing in a low-stakes activity, while also building their personal relationships.
What’s the Scoop?
In this activity, students practice speaking, writing, and reading skills by putting together news radio broadcasts.
The Inverted Pyramid
This activity uses a graphic organizer about the inverted pyramid. The inverted pyramid is a journalistic writing style that places the important information at the beginning of the news story and more general information at the end of the story.
Information Gaps: Drawing Dictation
This activity is an information gap designed for pairs. The activity involves giving directions, asking for clarification, practicing vocabulary, and drawing.
Phrasal Verb Quiz Game
This activity uses a popular quiz-game format to review phrasal verbs.
Let’s Have a Party
This activity provides students with an opportunity to practice using phrasal verbs related to life experiences and planning a party.
Taking a Vacation
In this activity, students will practice phrasal verbs through a vacation-planning activity.
Using a Proofreading Checklist
In this activity, students will practice to recognize small errors before submitting the final version of their essay.
Using “exit tickets” is a way to ask students to recall what they’ve learned. Students will have an opportunity to test their knowledge on the given lesson.
What To See in Town
This activity provides students with the opportunity to practice using phrasal verbs in an activity about New York City.
Planning a Trip
In this activity, students explore travel and tourism. This activity asks students to think about their own cities or countries by designing a six-day trip for a visiting tourist.
With travel becoming easier and cheaper all around the world, people who live in popular tourist locations have begun to ask if too much tourism can be a problem. In this activity, students will explore the world of travel and tourism and debate the positives and negatives of tourism.
Reported Speech Overview
This activity introduces students to the grammatical structures in reported speech. Students will practice matching direct speech to reported speech and then practice changing direct speech to reported speech via interviews with fellow students.
Gossip and Rumors!
This activity is based on the game “Two Truths and a Lie”. The game is simple; each player tells two facts that are true and one that is a lie. The other players must correctly guess which one of the three statements is a lie. In this variation of the game, students will write their statements down on a sheet of paper, trade them with other students, and then use reported speech to share these statements with the class.
Building a Resume
In this activity, students will practice proofreading and editing a resume and cover letter before writing one of their own.
Teaching The Best Job in the World
This activity provides students with an opportunity to try the best job in the world teaching.
In this activity, students will examine superstition statements in English, will think about English equivalents for superstitions from their own culture, and will play a short guessing game related to superstitions.
Regrets and Wishes of the Rich, Famous, or Fictional
In this activity, students will practice or review using conditionals to express wishes and regrets about the past. This conditional form used in this situation is often called the past unreal conditional or the third conditional.
Technology for Writing
In this activity, students will explore a variety of internet-based tools they can use in their English-language writing. From word choice to sentence structure, the tools below can assist students throughout the writing process.
In this activity, students will use the past progressive tense to increase fluency using the past progressive while speaking.
In the News
This activity allows students to practice deconstructing, or taking apart, a news article to explore the sections of a news story. This activity can be used separately, or can build upon the ideas presented in Week 1 of this month’s Teacher’s Corner.
Current Events: Regional Reporters
This activity is designed so that students regularly monitor and discuss news events from different parts of the world throughout a course or an academic year. Regular attention to global events encourages the development of students’ global citizenship.
In this activity, students will select a region, continent, or country to learn more about. Students will conduct research in English and collect information using graphic organizers.