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!: )

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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.

‘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).

Noun plural handout

NounPluralHere’s something that you can use to brainstorm or review the plural forms of nouns.

The students think of nouns in the plural and write them in the corresponding circle based on how that noun forms the plural. They can start working individually, then compare their findings in pairs. During the class check stage, the students will also discuss the rules that applies to each category.

Download color and black-and-white version here: Noun Plural.

Irregular verbs handout

Irregular verbs drillHere’s a two-page handout that can help you practise or drill the irregular verbs. If you work with groups of students you can turn this into a competition to see who fills in the gaps the fastest. Or you can use the handout for one-to-one English sessions as a test or review.

Download here in pdf format: Irregular Verbs.