Tuesday, 6 November 2012

What Would We Make of a Guy Fawkes Under Parliament Today?

What Would We Make of a Guy Fawkes Under Parliament Today?

A great article in the Mirror yesterday from a journalist known as the 'Fleet Street Fox'. 

This is suitable for an upper intermediate/advanced EFL student.  It is a 'what would happen if' type scenario and  encourages students to develop an imaginative and critical approach.  The writer confesses to be 'sarcastic' and 'sometimes right'.  I think it is a bit scary how near he is to the 'truth' here.

Click on the title link and follow the story.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Watch the video, read the subtitles and hear Big Ben chime.

Find out about the history of Bonfire Night with Joe and how the festival is celebrated today.
Follow up with comprehension questions, true or false statements and learn about phrasal verbs.

Just click on the title link!

Elementary English Podcast Episode 10

TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills.


Find the audio link (MP3) right click and save it so you can listen to it whenever is convenient for you. 

There is only a transcript this week as this episode is the summary of the whole of Series 1.

  • From Podcast Number 7 meet Mohammed from Manchester again talking about Mohammed Yunus. He formed a microcredit bank (the Grameen Bank) in Bangladesh.
  • From Podcast Number 4 'Hot Seat' is played again.  Hannah explains a word and Max has to guess it.
  • From Podcast Number 9, 'Our Person In....' the Indian film industry or Bollywood is described and compared to Hollywood films.
  • From Podcast Number 6, 'Your Turn' asks people on the streets 'How green are you?'
  • From Podcast Number 7, Carolina from Venezuela goes to the pharmacist for medication for a cold.
  • From Podcast Number 1 and 2, Gordon's jokes are retold.

I will follow on soon with Series 2.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Hurricane Sandy

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Hurricane Sandy

A Journalistic Type of Resource.

There are absolutely tonnes of activities to select from in this lesson plan on Hurricane Sandy.  Essentially it is based on developing communicative skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and vocabulary for environmental disasters.

There are warm up, pre-reading, during reading and after reading activities.Also incorporated are quizzes, role plays, making up your own survey, discussion ideas, spellings, gapfills, putting whole text back together again, forming sentences, punctuation and writing ideas.

Lots and lots for you to do. Simply click the title link and enjoy!

Adult ESL Lesson: Is Freddy There? (Beginner)

Adult ESL Lesson: Is Freddy There? (Beginner)

This resources focuses on a telephone dialogue. Firstly, read the telephone answering service message and then read the follow up live telephone conversation when John returns Freddy call.  The dialogues are followed up by questions to check your comprehension of the task.  To start this lesson simply click the title link above.

The grammar focus of the lesson is on the words 'next', 'this' and 'last'.  Opportunity is given to students to discuss events that happened last weekend and make plans for next weekend. There is an activity to make up your own dialogue using the focus words and finally a grammar exercise.

Adult ESL Lesson: Transportation Schedules (Intermediate)

Adult ESL Lesson: Transportation Schedules (Intermediate)

Do you prefer to travel by aeroplane or train?


This resource introduces the topic of transportation with some general discussion points.  It then provides two transport schedules.  The first is the Eurostar ( a short descriptive paragraph explains the service) and the second  is an airline schedule to and from San Francisco and Taipei.  There are reading comprehension questions for each resource and finally there are discussion ideas to close the topic.  Click on the title link.

Adult ESL Lesson: American History Timelines (Advanced)

Adult ESL Lesson: American History Timelines (Advanced)

Do you know?

  • Who was Christopher Columbus? 
  • Who was this famous Chief Indian? What was he famous for?

  • What was the 'American Revolutionary War'?
  • Where do you think this scene is set, who is living there? What era would you identify it with?

  • This is the scene of the first bloodshed in Baltimore.  What year did this take place in?

If you would like to learn more about American History: 

This resources focuses on important events, people and places.
It contains:-

  • early and later timelines of American History 
  • reading comprehension questions 
  • ideas for class discussions.
Just click on the title link above and off you go.