What’s the matter?

PhotoHere’s a prescription printable that you can use for doctor-patient role-plays with Movers. There’s two of them on one page so hopefully that helps with the printing.

Download the handout here: Prescription.

It’s a pretty basic form but it will help the “doctors” ask the right questions and give and record the advice.

Structures that could be used in the lesson:
What’s your name?
How old are you?
What’s your address?
What’s the matter?
Where does it hurt?
Here are some pills for…
You should eat/drink/exercise…

I have some plastic stethoscopes (like the one in the photo above) that I usually use for this kind of lesson. The kids love them and they have a lot of fun giving consultations.

Hope you find this useful.
Have fun teaching!
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I wish…

TeachingGamesEFL.com - by Mike Astbury

This is an adaptable freer practice activity which I have used when teaching various grammar structures. In this example we’re looking at ‘I wish…’ with the past simple.

I have Jane-Maria Harding da Rosa to thank for this activity. She adapted an idea from teaching grammar creatively. Students use pictures and personalised sentences to produce memorable examples of the target language. I’ve written a brief lesson plan to set up the activity.

I wish 4.jpg “I wish I was a celebrity.”

Lesson plan / set up

For the lead in I wrote a few wishes of my own on the board with gaps and told the class “These sentences are about me. What words are missing?”:

My computer’s broken. I ______ I ______ a new laptop.
I loved visiting Berlin. I ______ I ______ still on holiday.
I’m not very musical. I ______ I ______ play the guitar.
I want to go…

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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.

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.