how-to worksheet

This is similar to the worksheet I posted earlier about the steps of decorating a Christmas tree. However, this one can be used for any kind of “how-to” writing activity that you might want to organize in the classroom. Get your students to focus on the steps of a writing activity with the help of this very straightforward worksheet: HowToSteps.

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Design by @Eugenia.

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The thing I like about…

CardsI was inspired in coming up with this activity by a lesson in Face2Face Upper-Intermediate (p. 84) on introductory phrases that emphasize what we are going to say next.

After you have taught and practised the phrases (you will find them on the third page of the handout below), cut the squares from the first page (or the second if you print them in color), shuffle them and have the student pick one randomly and write or say something that incorporates the word on the card and one of the introductory phrases. Then you can actually turn this into a conversation by asking follow-up questions about the situation mentioned by the student.

Let me know how it goes.

Happy learning!: )

Download the materials by clicking here: Introductory Phrases for emphasis.

Who Am I?

A little oldie but goldie to help you start your first lesson with a new class.Who Am I

Click here to download the .pdf files: Who Am I and Flowers.

Tell Me More (question forms)

Worksheets available for download here: Tell Me More & Tell Me More (customizable).
Lately my one-to-ones happened to be focused on question forms and the word order in questions. So what better way of practising these than a worksheet that prompts students to ask me questions starting from some true statements about myself in the attempt of finding out as many details as Tell Me Morepossible.

e.g. Me: “I have a niece.” Student: “How old is she?”/”What’s her name?”

I think the number of questions and follow-up questions this kind of activity can generate might very well be endless: ). So question away.

I’ve also uploaded a blank sheet (the customizable one) that you can use for your own statements. Alternatively, you can just write one word in each box and have students ask you for details.

If you have any other ideas on how this could be used, I’d be more than happy to read them.

Happy learning!: )

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.

Present Continuous Board Game

Present ContinuousHere are some Present Continuous Conversation Questions that you can use with your students. They’re in the form of a board game but I guess it can be adapted. I tried to include as many situations as possible that would prompt them to use the Present Continuous in their answers. If you choose to use this with groups of students, make sure they ask each other plenty of follow-up questions. Use the dice if you have groups of four playing or you can just put the question numbers 1 to 22 into a hat and have them draw the numbers one by one.

Let me know how it goes and if there’s anything I should improve.

Happy learning!: )

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.