Why the Blank Face?

Facial expressionsI stumbled upon this wonderful class activity complete with a free printable that can really liven up a lesson about facial expressions and emotions. I wish I had known about it during my IHCYL training course. It would have certainly made my teaching practice easier; ).

Here it is, courtesy of Dabbles & Babbleshttp://dabblesandbabbles.com/blank-faces-drawing-page/.

I would use this in the productive stage of the lesson. Students could draw various faces and then show and describe them in pairs or groups also adding reasons for the feelings they’re describing:

“She is feeling happy because…”

“He is angry because…”

Or it could be turned into a guessing game. Guess the facial expression: ).

What about you? How would you use this in class?

Download the free template from Dabbles & Babbles here: Blank Faces.

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Questions

Question wordsThis is something that you can use to review question forms and question words. I use it in my one-to-one sessions but it also works as a group activity. The way I do it is have the student say a number between 1 and 15. The student says “8”, for example. Then they have to ask me a question starting with “How…”. I answer the question and they ask a follow-up question. Then I say a number between 1 and 15 and so on…

Of course, it can be used in many other ways. For instance, students can write a very short story (a paragraph) that answers the first line of questions (1-3).

Let me know how this goes.: )

Happy learning!

Download the .pdf version here: Questions.

Music – Conversation cards (Elementary)

Cards - MusicIt’s been a tough week as I started teaching an intensive course to 10 and 12-year-olds on the topic of music. I’m making all the class materials myself. There is one more week to go and I thought of designing some conversation cards around the topics that I introduced in the classroom to help me with the revision. We talked about types of music, various artists, musical instruments and the materials they are made of.
So… if you teach a similar class, maybe the conversation cards below will come in handy.: )
Let me know!
Happy teaching!

Download the conversation cards here: Let’s Talk About Music.

Conversation cards #3 – Present Simple

Conversation Cards Present SimpleSince I’ve taught the Present Simple recently, I made some conversation cards to help students use this tense with real-life situations and questions.

They can be used in one-to-one sessions or as pair work activity. Download here: Conversation Cards Present Simple.

And let me know how it goes; ).

Happy learning!

Do or Make?

Do or MakeHere’s  a handout that I made for my one-to-one sessions to review collocations with ‘do’ and ‘make’. You can download it in black&white or in color. Or both: ).

I’ve used it with pre-intermediate students and stronger elementary students. The first part is meant to test and drill the collocations (which you had previously taught) and then come some freer practice activities.

Download handouts here: Do or Make (bw) & Do or Make (color).

Happy teaching!: ) And let me know how it went.

Jeopardy templates

Jeopardy!Jeopardy is one of the most engaging ways to review grammar or vocabulary. If you’re thinking of using it in the classroom, here are some templates that you can download and customize:

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‘Should’ – Giving advice

Should - Giving adviceThis is a speaking activity that you can use as freer practice in your one-to-one sessions or as pair work in the classroom if you want to revise or consolidate the use of ‘should’ for giving advice.

Each circle includes a number. Use dice to establish who’s going to read the situation or just choose a number between 1 and 15 and then read the corresponding situation. The other student in the pair will then offer some advice based on the situation. Students can also ask additional questions so they would find out more about the problem. This could develop really nicely into a longer conversation.

Download in .pdf format here: Should – Giving advice (color and black&white version available).