Use these cards to practise functions related to manners and being polite. Print them on card, cut along the dotted lines and put them in a stack. Organize students in pairs or small groups and have them take turns drawing a card and responding to the prompt.
Some of the target phrases: “Thank you for…””Can I have…?” “Would you mind…?” Ëxcuse me, where is the…?””Nice to meet you.”
Here are some cards that you can cut and use to revise Wh- questions in the past. You can first ask your students to write down the questions using the words on the mini-cards, give some feedback and then use the questions to start a conversation in pairs or small groups.
The last day of term is fast approaching so I’ve made a fun quiz to keep students entertained bring sweets as prizes for the winning team. Credit to my friend Dan for the inspiration and some of the questions. Download the questions and instructions below:
Spilt students into groups of 2 or 3, give each group a piece of paper and encourage them to come up with an interesting team name. Explain that you are going to give the teams a category and they have 3 minutes to come up with the top 5 items in that category. For example: the top 5 largest countries in the world by area. Students are awarded 1 point for every answer that they guess that appears in the top 5, and an additional bonus ½ point for every answer that is in…
No, I haven’t gone insane. I really think they are. On top, dictations are also powerful EFL teaching tools if used judiciously.
Yes, I know. The very sound of the word DICTATION can immediately make some go red with embarrassment. Others may shudder with trepidation.
Nervous sweat rolling down your brow. Clasping and unclasping your hands. The monotonous voice of the teacher lulling you to sleep. And all those incomprehensible French and Latin looking words you can’t and never will be able to spell: opprobrium, abstinence, acquiesce and trousseau. What are they even supposed to mean?!
You would very much like to formally plead the teacher to be mag-na-ni-mous and to spare you the suffering if only you knew how to spell the damn word…
Now a teacher yourself, you’ve probably been trying to save your students from going through the same trauma, long ago banning any form…