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.

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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.

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!: )

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.