Sunday, 21 October 2012

TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills.

If you are a beginner (A2 CEFR level) these British Council Podcasts are excellent for getting you started.  As the week progresses I will post up other related work which will be appropriate for different levels of student ability.  If you are an Intermediate level of student you may want to use this resource to revise and then extend your knowledge.  Advanced students may just want to dip into the additional and other resources added during the week.

Go to:

Find the audio link (MP3) right click and save it so you can listen to it whenever is convenient for you. The podcast comes with a support pack and transcript which is 22 pages long.  Use this link:
Download and do the exercises.

Main Contents of Podcast This Week

  • Talking about moving flats.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? David Attenborough, a famous UK wildlife, nature and natural world programme presenter.
  • Vocabulary quiz - time vocabulary and conversions. For example - 7 d's in a w = 7 days in a week
  • Prague (capital city of the Czech Republic) and eating 'carp' at Christmas.
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela with friends in a pub in Newcastle
  • Telling/retelling a joke
Here is a summary of the main language points of the podcast. Try to get more practise with these language points during the week if you can:
  1. Prepositions ('on', 'at' and 'in') and time phrases.
  2. Vocabulary around having a drink in a pub.
  3. Using the phrase 'I bet' to mean 'I'm sure'
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.