Thank you to the British Council’s free resources for teachers with these great flash cards. I printed on bristol card. You fold the card in half and on one side there is an image of an item and on the other half the word. I used this to work with weaker learners and improved their spelling. We chose together 6-12 items and agreed we were going to spell them correctly by the end of the game. We turned the cards around and then wrote the word on a page. We played snakes and ladders after every move the student chose a card. Students love this game and don’t seem to notice that they are learning to spell at the same time. I used this game in the classroom in small groups and also in a one to one private setting and both worked amazingly well and the spelling improves as we go along learning and remembering the letters in the huge bank of words I downloaded free.
Teachers and EFL bloggers are invited to share their information and ideas on Project based learning or PBL. My own experience with this way of teaching and organizing lessons was very interesting. Students were engaged, busy and motivated as basically there was less involvement from me the teacher.
I was teaching the subject of clothes and the weather and, climate within a general topic of travel to a 5th grade EFL class in elementary school and created a PBL lesson to include reading, writing, comprehension arts and drama. The lesson involved three teachers at three different stations or classrooms. Station 1:I opened the lesson with an airport setting with some old suitcases. The skills and objectives are to recognize, choose, locate, classify, and select items necessary to pack and take with you in a suitcase on (a) A hot holiday (b) A cold holiday. The various items names were printed and displayed on two tables with a sign that said New York (it was winter) on one table and Eilat Red sea on the other. You can download a set of these flashcards here. Print and cut the items and place them on the two tables. Project based learning is co-operative learning. The class was divided into groups of five and each student was given a number from 1-5. To make the activity more interesting, the students won a holiday. The first task is to read the winning ticket and its instructions.
1= student reads the winning ticket instructions
2= goes to recover the item from the New York or Eilat table.
3= student writes it down in a sentence why I need to take this.
4= student reads the sentence allowed to the group
5= student needs to write a mail for someone to meet them at the other side.
Task student 1 Reads the ticket Winning ticket 1 You have won a holiday to New York on American Airlines. Your flight will leave at 11.45 am Monday 17th March 2014. What to bring The weather in New York will be very cold, maybe it will rain or even snow. You need to take with you
A woolly hat, a coat, a scarf, some boots, An umbrella, A cell phone, Some pants, camera, sweatshirts, shoes, socks, __________________________________________________________________ Winning ticket 2 : You have won a holiday to Eilat on British Airways. Your flight will leave at 11.45 am Monday 17th March 2014. What to bring The weather in Eilat will be very hot and sunny. You need to take with you
A dress, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sandals, a towel, some shorts, some T shirts, a swimsuit, a skirt, a camera, a cell-phone
Task 2: Student goes to the table to recover the item
Task 3: Task student 3 You need to pack your suitcase, what do you need to bring? Write or say sentences saying why you need to bring these things. Examples, “I need my camera to take pictures;” “I need my sweater to stay warm.” 1:_____________________________________________ 2:_____________________________________________ 3:_____________________________________________ 4:_____________________________________________ 5:_____________________________________________ 6:_____________________________________________ 7:_____________________________________________ 8:_____________________________________________
Task 4: Student reads the sentences to the group
Task 5: student 5 writes a mail
Dear Aunt _________ I won a free trip to New York. I am coming on __________ My flight arrives in New York at ________ o’clock Can you meet me at the airport? I am very excited I know the weather will be cold in (Season) so I am bringing ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Love ____________________________________________
At the end of this session the students were given their airline tickets and continued to a 2nd station in a different room where they would complete a questionnaire about the information on the ticket in the form of a passport.
http://omatic.musicairport.com/ (personalize, print your free tickets at this link)
My name is: ______________________________
Look at your ticket
You are going on a holiday to a (hot/cold) climate.
Where are you going to? __________
When are you going? (date) _________
What is the name of the airline? __________
What time does the flight depart? (leave)__________
What time do you arrive there? _________
What gate are you leaving from? __________
What does delayed mean? ______________
What does on time mean?_____________
What is the lost and found office? ______________
Station 3: Drama
After the students have completed these two stations the third section is drama. Travel dialogues about going through security with their suitcases with all their items and passports filled up.
Divide into groups of 4 or 5. Have one student act it out as the security guy at the airport and another checking the passports, the other students are the passengers. Improvise the dialogue text or use what I have written. A great resource for this section is found at http://englishwilleasy.com/english-through-pictures/airport/
A: What do you have in your bag madam/sir?
B: I have ……(list the items)
A: Where are you flying to?
B: Say destination
A: It must be cold/hot there now, Can I see your tickets and passports?
B: Yes of course, here they are.
A: You can to board your plane at gate _____ go through the doors and look for the signs.
Have a nice trip!
B: Thank you very much.
If you want to create a website for your class it has never been easier. Weebly.com offer a free website builder that is so simple to use it’s a winner. Here is my most recent class site created recently for my 8th grade students. hhttp://yahad8.weebly.com/
Many school sites are complicated for teachers who have no formal training in computers. Its so easy with weebly to learn how to post and organize lessons, tasks, homework notices. Many kids don’t really go into their school sites to check and also parents. Weebly works for me and in seconds I can update homework, plan the week ahead, post enrichment videos that we may not have time to see in class. You can also use Weebly for any other website purpose such as afternoon activities or anything else. I found it works for me and particularly with my students who have extra private lessons. They just give the link to their private teacher and she continues where I left off. Parents can also check in to see what’s going on in class. http://www.weebly.com/ Just choose from the list of media you want to post, text, videos, presentations and drag and drop. Hit publish and your done. I tried other education blog formats and used them in schools but because Weebly allows you to plan your page as a blog or a regular web page, it offers more flexibility. I post homework on a blog setting and so each new post receives the date also so students know daily what they need to do. There are many templates to choose from but if you’re a teacher I suggest using one which has the pages on the left side dropping down because as you go through the year you have plenty of room to keep on going.
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England with its wealth of poets and writers has many a rich tale to tell in the EFL/ESL classroom. Why not introduce your higher level students to one of Englands most modern and vibrant poets Strider Marcus Jones. When reading his poetry I am reminded of the freedom that exists in words when all too many times we are limited in how to express ourselves, in an essay or description or test multiple choices questions and so on. Strider crafts his prose by using small case letters at the beginnings of the sentence which I really like as he reminds us that poetry has no rules.
My favorite Strider poem so far is “Water and Mist ” as it is reflective of our modern times.
WATER AND MIST
let the world do what it does,
and when the desert
comes for us
we will be water-
so the seeds of new ideas
can replace the wars and fears
of decadent thrones
spying on the homes
of those they slaughter.
bring on the peoples revolution,
that returns our stolen
land into our hands
from these swollen
fat cats, with their final solution
and fascist FEMA plans.
let the world do what it does,
and when the guns
are turned on us
we will be mist-
eclipsing everything they’ve done
when we resist.
strike them like ghosts
in the halls of their hosts,
topple their temples of sin-
dissolve all their banks,
then their missiles and tanks,
leave no corrupted survivor-
cleanse what’s within
for a new way to begin
by severing each head from this hydra.
Strider also sells his books and poetry collections on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Good reads and Wattpad. Amazing stuff! Just coming up to the pomegranate season here in Israel and Strider’s new book “Pomegranate Flesh” is an enchanting read.
Hello to all my members and thank you for your participation in EFL-Lorraine’s database of ideas to help make your lessons interesting and save you time on preparation. I created this powerpoint from a collection of cute animals playing musical instruments and I use it to teach animals of course and musical instruments. It’s a great attention grabber and it will focus your students on the topics as the images are so cute and the photography amazing.
This file was created in powerpoint but I have since switched to “google drive” to create presentations and they are easily shared on line.
How to use the internet to create an interesting story for your younger students.
The recent pictures on the internet of a baby elephant’s first trip to a beach in Thailand had all the world saying ‘So cute and funny”. I took a few videos from you tube and turned the material into a lesson and story. Video 1, the baby elephant is rolling, tossing, turning, playing, on the sand. Great opportunity to teach present progressive.
Baby elephant plays in the sea for the first time. Another great video to enhance your story. Teach ” sea, waves, fun. All kids love the beach, but don’t forget your sunscreen!
Teachers please think about the mini projector available here at EFL-Lorraine .com with 30% discount for teachers. A small investment in this mini portable projector can transform you lessons and turn any wall into a movie theater. If you are a moving teacher this is a perfect tool with any laptop project the movies, images, and presentations, games etc: on to the wall. Read more
Look at these apple lips. marshmallow teeth, and something sticky to stick the teeth with. Suggestions are peanut butter, jam, honey, nuts and honey spread, almond spread. It’s a great way to learn by doing and how attractive to eat this edible mouth. I will substitute bananas for teeth as I try to avoid synthetic food, such as marshmallows, when i can, and sliced bananas will do the same job.
Another example of a food face with pretzels and pink cream or cake frosting.
Recently teachers have been asking me to post a few ideas and resources for daily life vocabulary and activities and there is a huge amount of stuff on the web to teach daily life vocabulary and topics. One of the most useful and practical language topics is places in our town. Here is a great powerpoint you can download to teach this. If you invest in a mini projector for your private lessons and groups you can show powerpoints and presentations on the wall and change the nature and atmosphere in your lessons completely.
Please download this colorful powerpoint here which targets places in our town and also prepositions of place Sophies town places in our town
Another fabulous powerpoint for teaching prepositions of place called “giving directions” is available here BY @OSEIASELT ON TWITTER
Daily routines common vocabulary about what I do each day, wake up, take a shower etc: is available here for your free download by Dominic Streames efltheatreclub.co.uk © 2011. I printed and laminated the flashcards and made a sentence matching game. Then I asked the students to say the sentence from memory, what is happening in this picture? And the third and final stage to write the sentence from memory. Most text books EFL have this theme as a unit so you really can compliment the curriculum using this material especially if you have a projector. EFL-Lorraine has a special offer for teachers to buy a mini portable projector with 30% discount. Check it out here
If you are a teacher or tutor that wants to develop your afternoon business with groups of kids and you have taken my advice and decided to invest in a projector available here on EFL-Lorraine for a teaching tool, then I can recommend “Richard Genki” and his Genki English program. Genki English is suitable for small kids up to about 6th grade after that it gets a little bit silly and Richard suggests that you can even use it with adults but I never tried that. The program contains a full curriculum of Genki games, songs and flashcards which you can download for a reasonable fee. Its enough material for a year or two at least and it is fun and interactive and works magically if you are connected to a projector via your laptop or PC. 12 CDS are available in the download pack which then gives you an option to download for free all the flashcards and worksheets to go with each game or topic on the CD from the members area.. Check out the very amazing Genki curriculum details here or here at Genki headquarters http://genkienglish.net/curriculum.htm.
I have used Genki most successfully with grades one and two in elementary and you really don’t need to invent the wheel as Richard does it all for you. The software is colorful and gets kids jumping around and singing all the silly songs as they go home. They really work these Genki songs and I found my self singing them all day long too. I used RIchard’s program to enrich a short simple drama I wrote about the Little Mermaid. Richard has a great song called “Under the Sea” which I used in my group. Here are a few pics and you can see Genki projected on the wall behind.
Genki is really a great investment if you are a fun teacher and your students will love it. The games are projected onto a wall and then the kids need to learn the new vocabulary and run and touch the correct word earning them points for the correct answer. If you don’t have a projector EFL-Lorraine has currently a 30% discount on projectors from Lollylights for only $130 instead of $199. Go to this post to order your projector including free shipping by registered post and a full one year guarantee.The combination of Genki with your mini projector is sure to be a hit and you will quickly recover your investment. Allow two to three weeks for delivery so if you are planning to invest for next year or if you are just starting out as a tutor then order early to receive you projector in time.