Monday, 24 September 2012

Past Continuous and Past Simple

Past Continuous and Past Simple

An exercise to introduce you to two forms of the Past Tense.  The exercise is a gapfill one where you convert the designated verb to it's past form (continuous or simple). This resource is suitable for A2 CEFR students.  Grammar support points are on the right hand side of the web page.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

TEFL Global Grammar Resources

The Simple Past Tense - Regular and Irregular Verbs


Grammatical information on the context, form and uses of verbs (regular and irregular) in the Simple Past Tense.  There are also exercises to practise skills and a short reading and writing task in each resource.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Cat That Walked By Himself

The Cat That Walked By Himself


Which pet do you prefer? A cat or a dog.

A lovely poem by Rudyard Kipling which rhymes, has rhythm and a theme already introduced in the podcast comparing cats and dogs. 

Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary, read and listen to the poem and test your understanding of what you have read through the comprehension activities.

Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs


A list of approximately 60 or so irregular verbs with the base form, the past simple tense and the past participle in table format.  This resource could be used as a reference tool or you could start trying to memorize the verbs as they are commonly used in English.

There is also an exercise to do here.  Again keep your eyes out for news of my new website where I will incorporate a lot of this type of materIal.


Present Perfect

Present Perfect 

A B1 CEFR exercise on the Present Perfect Tense suitable for Pre- Intermediate level TEFL learners.  There is a combination of questions and sentences to complete for this gapfill exercise.

The Present Perfect Tense Slideshow  can be found on the grammar page of this blog. Check it out as it goes into more detail on the formation, meaning and uses of the present perfect tense.  It is interactive and there are exercises to do as you watch it.  I would say this is for those of you who may be meeting the present perfect tense again and can understand a little bit more detail this time (Intermediate level).

Keep your eyes open here as I am developing another website which will be more of a static one and will include more grammar exercises as they are proving to be popular.

British Council Elementary Podcast 5




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.



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

  • Describing cats
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Didier Drogba
  • Vocabulary quiz - words beginning with (single consonant sounds)
  • New Zealand - the landscape and scenery
  • Expressing an opinion - Which do you prefer cats or dogs?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela when she meets her new flatmates 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. Regular and irregular verbs
  2. The base form, the past simple tense and the past participle in the present perfect tense
  3. Informal phrases.
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.





Sunday, 16 September 2012

[ THE DRIFTER and the GYPSY ]: Interview: ModCloth

[ THE DRIFTER and the GYPSY ]: Interview: ModCloth


If you are interested in women's fashion ModCloth uses 'vintage inspired designs from independent designers'.  Susan Gregg Koger was the founder of this internet based company at 17 years of age and is totally self taught in the business.  The resource is a transcribed phone interview. Read on and find out about Winston, the pug who is the company mascot!

[ THE DRIFTER and the GYPSY ]: A heart-shaped meadow

[ THE DRIFTER and the GYPSY ]: A heart-shaped meadow

An inspirational short love story.  We have a proverb in English 'true love never dies'.  I think this story and photograph are testimony to that!



Do you know of any true love stories? Do you believe in true love?

Leave a comment here or on our facebook page.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

How to Say Different English Numbers - English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Lesson

How to Say Different English Numbers - English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Lesson


How to say numbers in different contexts.  For example in dates, when telling the time, with money (for British currency simply substitute pound for dollars and pence for cents), when scoring a football game etc.




How to Say Numbers 100-1 trillion - English (ESL) Vocabulary & Pronunciation Lesson

How to Say Numbers 100-1 trillion - English (ESL) Vocabulary & Pronunciation Lesson


Following from the last video posted here are some larger numbers.


How to Say Numbers 0-99 - English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Lesson

How to Say Numbers 0-99 - English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Lesson


Practise the correct pronunciation of numbers from zero to 99.



More Music Collaborations from the British Council




Watch this film and learn about musical projects between British musicians and artists and performers from around the world.   Five international musical pieces were developed representing all five continents of the world.  The music was performed at a spectacular weekend event of free music on the River Thames ('River of Music, July 2012').


Ondatropica: British Council

Ondatropica: A Sound Journey from Colombia to London | British Council



Ondatropica is a British Council Musical Collaboration with Mario Galeano and Will Quantic. The project merges classic and modern styles of Colombian music. 

Watch this video  and meet Michi Sarmiento, composer and arranger of many of the biggest hits in tropical music.
http://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/ondatropica-sound-journey

You can find out about the places and people behind this musical collaboration by watching all 12  short videos, the links to which are posted in the web page above.

Hong Kong Bun Festival

Hong Kong Bun Festival


Find out more about this week long festival that occurs in Spring time in Hong Kong.  Follow the link above and read about the history, the culture, the ceremonies and activities that occur for the festival.  It really is very fascinating!

Either click on the PDF document and download or print the lesson. It is a reading comprehension. Enjoy!

Bob Marley


3 Resources to Find Out About the Man Behind the Legend


"He was a musician, a spiritual leader, a ladies' man, a smoker of heroic amounts of ganja, a political force and a religious icon. And, 31 years after his death, Bob Marley is still a chart-topper: His Legends album sells 250,000 copies a year, even now".

source:canada.com
Excerpt: BERLIN - 

  • April 2012 saw a film released about him.  Below is a trailer, you can also access the film on demand at:- 


http://www.bobmarley.com/marley_the_movie.php#ondemand







Students could role play an interview about their father with another student. Students may like to compare their fathers to Bob Marley and discuss the 'role model' of a father. There could be quite different opinions on this and it generates a good opportunity for students to express their opinion about Marley's way of life.  Students will have strong opinions on this and they are likely to vary a lot!



  • Finally, his famous song 'One Love'.  The message of his beliefs and philosophy are held within the lyrics of his song.  He was a 'rastafarian' by religion, I personally think there is a lot of truth in what he says in the song!




One thing for sure, he was a very controversial and rebellious character!

As Ravi says in the British Council Podcast if Bob was alive today what question would you like to ask him?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Free E-learning Lesson from Macmillan - Inside Out Series

Two Countries

This is a Macmillan Inside Out Series TEFL learning resource I would suggest is probably at Intermediate level (B1). It may also be suitable for Pre-Intermediate TEFL learners (A2) It contains:-

- A reading gapfill exercise about the country of Bhutan

- Answers requiring questions to be formed for them

- Facts about another unknown country.  Try to guess which country it is.  Remember it begins with 'B'.




Some Additional Websites to Research


Official website of the Bhutan Tourism Corporation, containing interesting facts and photos as well as conveying a sense of the government’s ambivalence towards tourism.

Facts about Bhutan from the US government’s Central Intelligence Agency website.

A guide to B----- from National Geographic, with photos, facts, map and a video


Other Lesson Resources

There is a teachers guide/answer key at:- 
http://www.insideout.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NIO513T-Two-countries.pdf

And a glossary of useful vocabulary for the exercises at 
http://www.insideout.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NIO513G-Two-countries.pdf

Charades | Macmillan Readers

Charades | Macmillan Readers



A brilliant resource by Macmillan explaining the game of charades, the rules and what the hand signals mean.  Learn about Shakespeare Plays by trying to guess what the actor is miming in the 3 short videos. Once you get the idea you could play the game with friends/colleagues either sticking to the topic of Shakespeare's work or trying another author perhaps Charles Dickens.

English Slang – FREAK · engVid

English Slang – FREAK · engVid


I heard many people in England call Michael Jackson 'a freak' when he was alive.  

Do you think this was a compliment or an insult?  

Watch this video and become familiar with the uses and meaning of this slang word.




Thinking about Michael Jackson, a great many respects have been paid to him and his music since his death.  With the benefit of hindsight (this means looking back in time with the benefit of what is known today), I wonder what those people would call him now?

A 'freak' or a 'legend'?


Slang in English – SUCK · engVid

Slang in English – SUCK · engVid

Another video with James from engVid similar in format to the last video posted 'blow'.  


James explains the origins of the word 'suck' and it's social history.  The word emerged in the 1920's/1930's  in Jazz Clubs in America.  Jazz instruments need the player to blow into them.  If you have a good blow you tend to be a good player.  

However if you suck the air in instead of blowing it out it doesn't work and the instrument sounds flat and awful.  And so people who are not good at doing things got the nickname 'sucker'.  

What do you think? 

True or false.



Slang & Vocabulary in English – BLOW · engVid

Slang & Vocabulary in English – BLOW · engVid


The presenter maps out and explains the different uses of the verb 'blow' in a spider diagram: a useful technique when exploring a word that has different uses and meanings.

Quick Slang – Talking About Being Excited!

Quick Slang – Talking About Being Excited!

This week the British Council's podcast introduced 'informal language phrases'.  For example - 'What do you fancy?' instead of 'What would you like?' which is more formal. 

Here is another resource that focuses on slang or informal language. There is a quiz at the bottom of the resource to do after you have watched the video. Just click on it and you can test yourself on what you have learnt.

Learning English with the News – Improve your vocabulary and comprehension

Learning English with the News – Improve your Vocabulary and Comprehension



Some very good, practical advice is incorporated in this video from EngVid.  

Reading newspapers online, listening to news reports, buying and reading an English magazine or newspaper are very good ways of expanding your vocabulary. If possible do these activities daily.

When you do this develop your comprehension skills by asking yourself the following questions:-


Who?

What?

When?

Where?

Why?

How?

Inspirational Shakespeare

Speech by King Lear


Listen to a speech from Shakespeare's King Lear and a commentary given by Andrew Marr on why he chose this extract as the piece of Shakespeare that most inspires him.
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/myshakespeare/myshakespeare_20120522-1700a.mp3

Learning English - Words in the News - Stagecoach

Learning English - Words in the News - Stagecoach

What do you think they use old trams for in Mexico City?





A BBC short video that firstly introduces 5 new words, the presenter then makes the video report explaining what the Mexicans use old trams for.  The 5 words are subtitled as they are used.  The video is then replayed with a full transcript which you can read. Finally you have the opportunity to use the 5 words learnt in a new context as a gapfill exercise.

Keep a note of the new vocabulary that you learn in your vocabulary book.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Verb + Preposition (it depends on)

TEFL Global Grammar Resource

Verb + Preposition ('it depends on') Exercise

'What does success depend on?


Grammatical exercise suitable for an Intermediate level of TEFL student.  This exercise looks purely at the verb and prepositional phrase 'it depends on'.  

Match the jumbled up questions and answers.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Sunday, 9 September 2012

modals + have

modals + have

This resource will give you further information if you need it in using a modal + have + past participle.  The last exercise in Literature is Great Part 1 used this formation.  This article explains the grammar and theory behind it!

Literature is Great - Part 2

Literature is Great - Part 2


Part 2 of the British Council's 'Literature is Great' resource looks at 'Modern Day British Literature'.  Modern children's/teenagers books from the UK tend to be mainly in the fantasy genre.

Richard, the presenter introduces you to modern day British writers: George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, J R R Tolkien, J R Rowling, Philip Pullman, Anthony Horowitz and  Cressida Cowell.


Which book title and writer do you associate with these images?





The Learn English video exercises involve summarising the main message, answering comprehension questions and completing gap fills.

Additionally, it is worth noting that all the above images come from films.  Some children in the UK have only seen the films and have not read the books.  This varies from child to child and depends on their reading ability.  Is this the same in your country?

Films make the story more accessible for children who have difficulty with reading.  On the other hand, some children could read the books but choose not to because the film is just much easier for them to watch.  This addresses the issue in the podcast this week about reading the book or watching the film. 

What do you think? 

If you wish to express an opinion I welcome you to do so in the comments box below.

Literature is Great - Part 1

Literature is Great - Part 1

Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hardy, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and 
William Wordsworth. 

Try to match these famous British writers to their photographs:



















The Learn English, British Council video resource attached to this blog post  is mainly about William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.  Other writers that are also noted such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hardy and William Wordsworth.  Do you know any of their plays, novels or poems? 

Watch the video and find out where the writers came from in the UK. Richard, the presenter also visits two other places in this video: the Globe Theatre and the Charles Dickens Museum. 

Grammatical and communicative exercises follow developing your comprehension and understanding skills, sentence composition skills and finally grammatical skills using modal verbs (must, might, can) with the present tense or the present perfect tense.  As always there is also the opportunity to contribute your thoughts to the discussion forum at the bottom of the page. 

NB The latter grammatical exercise is more suitable for a higher level of TEFL student.

Horror Films

Horror Films

Do you like horror films? An audio file with a listening comprehension which requires you to answer true/false questions after familiarising yourself with some of the vocabulary associated with this genre of film. Add a comment to the website at the end of the exercise, it will give you the opportunity to express your opinion on horror films.


Personally, I don't like them.  I hide behind cushions on the sofa, go to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee.  I do anything to get me out of watching them!

British Council Elementary Podcast - 4



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.



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:
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/sites/podcasts/files/learnenglish-podcasts-elementary-01-04-support-pack-transcript.pdf

Download and do the exercises.

Main Contents of Podcast This Week

  • How are you feeling? Enquiring about somebody's health after they have been ill.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Bob Marley
  • Vocabulary quiz - nouns and verbs
  • China - Cheung Chau Bun Festival
  • Expressing an opinion - Do you prefer to read a book or watch a film?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela on the train on her way up to 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. British money - pounds and pence vocabulary
  2. informal phrases - what do you fancy, this ones on me, stuff
  3. phrasal verbs - it depends on
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.





Saturday, 8 September 2012

BBC - Food - Occasions : Barbecue recipes

BBC - Food - Occasions : Barbecue Recipes


The summer is coming to an end in the United Kingdom.  It is warm at the moment and we are having the last weekend of sunshine that we may get for a while. So here are some ideas for barbecued food.  I love barbecued food but prefer vegetarian options. 

I have therefore chosen to share a BBC page focusing on vegetarian burgers and kebabs as well as meat and fish, and salads.  

Have a browse through the recipes and ideas.  If you live in a warmer part of the world you will be able to perhaps use these recipes for a longer period of time. You lucky people! 

This resource is probably suitable for an Intermediate/Upper Intermediate level of TEFL learner.

Vocabulary – How to Talk About the Weather in English · engVid

Vocabulary – How to Talk About the Weather in English · engVid

This video comes from Canada where there are 4 distinct seasons. It is the same in the United Kingdom except we don't quite get as much snow.  The presenter is lively and entertaining and extends the basic vocabulary.  There is also a quiz to do after the programme. This is suitable for an intermediate and upper level of student.

English Spelling – When to Double Consonants (“swimming” “stopped” etc.) · engVid

English Spelling – When to Double Consonants (“swimming” “stopped” etc.) · engVid

This is probably an Intermediate/Higher Intermediate level of resource.  Basically, consonants are doubled in some spellings of English words.  When this happens on of the consonants in the double is said to be 'silent' as we don't say the sound twice.

The rules of when consonants are doubled are covered in this video.

The consonant is doubled with comparatives (er endings), superlatives (est endings), with the past tense of verbs (ed endings)and the continuous forms (ing endings).

The rule of doubling the consonant when words end in a consonant, vowel and a consonant is also covered (the CVC rule).  For example - STOP - STOPPED.

Stress is in two syllable words is also noted, the consonant being doubled when the stress lies on the second syllable of a word.

Altogether, an extremely comprehensive resource.

Words With Silent Letters--Impediments to Spelling--Academic Support

Words With Silent Letters--Impediments to Spelling--Academic Support


Full and comprehensive information on spellings with silent letters. The words are assembled into a table and are sorted according to the position of the silent vowel within them. In some vowel digraphs have one silent vowel, some have a silent consonant sound in them and some have silent whole digraphs within them. There is also a list of words that have silent letters but when the form of the word is changed those letters then develop a sound.

Spelling & Pronunciation – Words with Silent Letters · engVid

Spelling & Pronunciation – Words with Silent Letters · engVid


This video very clearly explains silent letters and how to pronounce them.  It starts with words that begin with a silent 'k', 'p' and 'w' and moves on to look at silent letters in the middle of words 'l', 's', 'b' and 't'. An excellent video with oral cues that are reinforced on the whiteboard behind the presenter. Suitable for Intermediate learners and above.

Prepositions – Arrive AT, ON, or IN? · engVid

Prepositions – Arrive AT, ON, or IN? · engVid

This lesson is excellent.  It is clearly presented using a white board.  You can see the written structure of sentences on the board behind the presenter.  The presenter's explanations are very clear, precise and audible.  This lesson looks at the prepositions at, on or in.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Learning English - Quiznet - Weather quiz

Learning English - Quiznet - Weather quiz




As we move towards Autumn the weather is changing again.  In the United Kingdom the weather changes a lot, we have 4 distinct seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. This resource is an online weather quiz where you drag the adjective words and paste them on the correct picture.  A good quiz as the words are varied but still everyday ones.  They are a little beyond the basics probably suitable for Pre-Intermediate students.

Speaking Practice

Preparation for Speaking Examinations


Earlier in the week I posted up a board game with topics to practise speaking skills.  Here is another worksheet from the BBC World Service to help you practise further. Get yourself used to speaking for a minute with these topics without stopping or repeating yourself.

BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips

BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips


Programme 2 gives you practise on connected speech.  In English sometimes words join together.  For example - did you, could you on the Elementary Podcast this week.  If a word ends with a 't' or a 'd', the sound may completely disappear from pronunciation.  This is called elision.  This audio programme covers this as well as a linking 'r' sound and other aspects of connected speech.  It is important to learn about connected speech so that when you speak English it sounds as natural as possible allowing you to be understood.

Here is a video from you tube which helps to illustrate the elision (disappearing sounds) and liaison (joining together of sounds)-


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Wild Animal Trivia

Wild Animal Trivia

Learn some interesting and unusual facts whilst doing a reading and listening comprehension.  The resource is from the British Council Learn English website and has a gapfill activity to assess your understanding of the material you have studied.

Animal Conservation

Animal Conservation


British Council reading text on animal conservation with a gapfill exercise (insert the word that best makes sense) to assess your understanding of what you have read.  There is also an exercise on finding opposites.


Endangered Animals Powerpoint Presentation

Endangered Animals Powerpoint Presentation


A very good presentation to get you familiar with animals that are endangered and why.  The geographical vocabulary of habitats and other scientific terminology is developed well. Research other endangered speicies by all means and if you like use the template on the TEFLGlobal ResourcesCommunicativePage to present your work. 

Please note - some of the questions at the end don't really make a lot of sense so don't worry about them!

Describing Animals

Describing Animals


More detail is provided in the vocabulary of this Powerpoint Presentation.  It labels body parts and will allow you to give more informed descriptions of wild animals.

For example:- a giraffe has an extremely long neck and four long legs.  It is therefore very tall approximately the same height of a tree. It has two horns and eyes that are positioned wide apart.

What Are The Wild Animals Doing?

What Are The Wild Animals Doing?



A Powerpoint Presentation on Safari in South Africa, Tanzania or Kenya.  The resource includes sentences in the Present Continuous Tense and at the end useful vocabulary is formed using phonetic symbols to help with pronunciation.

Unusual Big Cat Fights

From the Big Cat Reserve, 

Kruger National Park, South Africa




5 short and unusual clips of lion battles in the Big Cat Reserve of the Kruger National Park.  Watch the videos they are interesting in themselves. If you like write a simple report (a few sentences) about each one or describe the scene to a friend or colleague in English.

You can then go onto do some of your own research on the internet. There is a template to use if you would like to assemble your findings in a fact sheet.

Go to TEFL Global Resources Communication Activities


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

ESL Quiz - Opposites (Noreen Artar) I-TESL-J

ESL Quiz - Opposites (Noreen Artar) I-TESL-J

An Intermediate Vocabulary Quiz on Opposites

ENGLISH PAGE - Look + Prepositions

ENGLISH PAGE - Look + Prepositions

An excellent exercise to follow directly on from the podcast.  Simply insert the preposition that makes the sentence make sense in this gapfill activity.

Verbs & Prepositions

Verbs & Prepositions

A simple exercise using prepositions such as on, of, with etc. Suitable for Pre-Intermediate students. Insert the correct preposition in the sentence.

phrasal verbs

phrasal verbs

The information in the article explain two part verbs.  They consist of a verb and a preposition or particle.  In the elementary podcast this week different prepositions were used with the verb 'look'.

For example:-
look at - keeps the meaning of look as the same
look for - changes the meaning of look to 'find' or 'search'
look after - changes the meaning to 'care'

There is an exercise to do to test your knowledge of the phrasal verbs once you have read through the information in the article.

A Video Report on a School for Deaf Students in Jordan


The Holyland Institute for the Deaf 

by Brother Andrew de Carpetier

http://explore.org/#!/videos/player/talking-hands


Consider the quote:

“Blindness separates you from things, deafness separates you from people”


Practise listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at:- 
TEFL Global Resources Communicative Page 

I would suggest this TEFL Global Resource is suitable for Upper Intermediate/Advanced TEFL students. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Parts of Clothing

Parts of Clothing


More clothing vocabulary from http://www.eslgold.com/vocabulary/parts_clothing.html 
with parts of clothes explained.  

For example - the collar of a shirt, the sleeve of a shirt

Clothing and Accessories

Clothing and Accessories

Some basic beginners/elementary clothing vocabulary to learn from 
http://www.eslgold.com/vocabulary/clothing_accessories.html


Music is Great - Part 2

Music is Great - Part 2

A trip to the Royal Albert Hall.  Most musical artists have performed here whether they are classical or popular artists.  This episode provides you with information on the famous venue in London also. A magnificent building!

Music is Great - Part 1

Music is Great - Part 1

From Learn English - the British Council website.  A video filming a visit to 'The Premises' a recording studio in London with tasks and activities to complete after viewing.

30 Seconds Talk

30 Seconds Talk

This is a board game valuable if you are starting to prepare for TEFL examinations.  It is particularly appropriate for speaking practice.  There are a number of topics that you can land on.  Simply, throw a die and depending on where you land talk about  the given topic for 30 seconds.

Musical Instruments. Rod Stewart - Mandolin wind (live).avi



What instrument is Ronnie Wood playing?  And Rod Stewart?
The clue is in the title of the song.

Musical Instruments - Blow that Vuvuzela



Of course from the British Council Elementary Podcast this week comes the Vuvuzela!

Musical Instruments. The Electric Guitar. Mark Knopfler - Brothers in arms - Lyrics



Here is a true expert on the electric guitar!

Musical Instruments - Piano Man with Lyrics




Billy Joel's  favourite instrument is the piano!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

How to ask someone where they got that

How to ask someone where they got thatt

Relating to the topic of shopping, here is some functional language to practise asking where someone purchased an item.

Clothes Matching Game

Clothes Matching Game

Get familiar with basic clothes vocabulary with these exercises.

Creative Industries

Creative Industries

This week the elementary podcast's presenters,Tess and Ravi, interviewed Martin from Glasgow.  He talked about Glasgow being the biggest (but not the capital) city in Scotland.  There are many shops there. Martin is an industrial design student and talked about the IMac and IPod and their designer Jonathan Ive.  Here is another resource that will stretch Intermediate Students further with their learning.  It is a work related resource and discusses the creative industries in the UK - photography, film, fashion etc.

British Council - Elementary Podcast 3



TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills for Beginners.



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.



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:
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/sites/podcasts/files/learnenglish-podcasts-elementary-01-03-support-pack-transcript.pdf

Download and do the exercises.

Main Contents of Podcast This Week

  • Is that a new shirt that you are wearing?
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Jonathon Ive
  • Vocabulary quiz - colours
  • South Africa - football matches and the Vuvuzuela
  • Expressing an opinion - Why don't more people watch women's football?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela at lost luggage and in the underground.
  • 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. use of 'could you' to make a request in a more polite way
  2. pronunciation - silent letters and linking of sounds
  3. friendly gestures from older people - 'love' and 'dear'
  4. phrasal verbs - to look at, to look for, to look after, to look forward to
  5. use of 'the' with the names of musical instruments
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.





Don’t Let Perfectionism Silence You!

Don’t Let Perfectionism Silence You!

Very, very good advice for students who worry about perfect pronunciation!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

60 Second Word Challenge

60 Second Word Challenge

A great way of expanding your vocabulary whilst on your way to work or college.

can or could

can or could

In the podcast last week the verb 'can' was used in two ways.  


  • as a way to express an ability.  For example - I can ride a bicycle.  
and
  • to make a request.  For example - can you tell me...?


In this exercise the uses of the verb 'can' are extended.  Read the grammar article and then try the exercise.

Evita

Music Tracks and Lyrics from the film 'Evita'


The story of Eva and Juan Domingo Peron is a huge part of Argentinian history. Here is some footage from You Tube to give you an idea:-

Evita - La Mas Grande


Her life was a huge success story later made into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and then a film starring Madonna.  

Go to TEFL Global Resources - Communicative Page to find some music tracks with lyrics from the film where Eva is played by Madonna, Juan Peron by Jonathan Pryce and Che by Antonio Banderas.  The music is fantastic - I believe a fitting tribute to a marvellous woman.