Showing posts with label vocabulary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vocabulary. Show all posts

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Che Guevera - Famous People Lessons.com

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

An excellent reading resource produced by the British Council.



What types of books do you like to read?  Do you like romantic stories? 

This is a resource based on a book called ‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry.  It is classed as a 'quick read', that means it is a shorter story making it quicker to read. It is a romantic story about a girl who lives near the sea. 



If you are interested in learning more about the story, simply click on the title link above. Once there, you have the opportunity to read an extract from the book and enjoy some interactive exercises to test your reading comprehension skills.  

Here are a list of the exercises that you can do:

Task 1               Read the text

Task 2               Vocabulary Matching Exercise

Task 3               Comprehension

Task 4               Complete the Summary with Linking Words

Task 5               Listen and read

Transcript 

Answers


There are also good discussion ideas, giving you the opportunity to respond and practise your writing skills.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Elementary Podcast Episode 9 - British Council

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: 

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/elementary-podcasts/series-01-episode-09

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 plans for the weekend.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Matt Groening, creator of the TV show and film 'The Simpsons'.
  • Vocabulary quiz - topics e.g. things that you play, things that you make.
  • Bridgit Keenan in India talks about Bollywood  films (have lots of singing and dancing in them).  They are very predictable and lively with happy endings. 
  • What would be your favourite holiday?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela preparing a special meal for her friends.  She prepares 'guasacaca'.

  • 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. The verbs 'make' and 'do'. Make is used when preparing a food dish.
  2. What is a gap year?
  3. What do you call them?  Try to describe what you want to say? (clove of garlic, plantains)
  4. 'Make yourselves at home'  phrase to make people feel comfortable.
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.





Wednesday, 24 October 2012

My Daughter, The Fox

My Daughter, The Fox

Submitted to Learn English, British Council by RachelRo
Suitable for Upper Intermediate/Advanced Students



How Does Your Culture Present Foxes in Stories?


A resource is based on a short story by Jackie Kay about a woman who gives birth to a baby that is a fox.  A beautiful little story with many wonderful activities to do with it. A great literary resource!

  • Listen to an audio file and read the story from a PDF file simultaneously.
  • Pre-reading activities include identifying who the pronouns (personal and possessive) in a piece of text are referring to and differentiating expressions that apply to young animals and babies.
  • Whilst reading there are question prompts to help you predict and anticipate the next part of the text.
  • After reading there are opportunities to:
    • summarise the story by reordering sentences, 
    • find evidence to support inferences from the text, 
    • compose your own sentences using designated vocabulary , 
    • match nouns and adjectives to form noun phrases, 
    • insert prepositions into a gap fill text, 
    • develop verbs and prepositions into phrasal verbs, 
  • Opportunities for creative writing and project work including reflecting on 'special children'. 
  • Further language work on animal metaphors, animal sounds and using idioms and idiomatic phrases. 
  • Finally, dictionary work explores the names for male and female animals and their connotations in terms of human behaviour (personification). 

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: 

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/elementary-podcasts/series-01-episode-08

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.






Monday, 15 October 2012

This Week In History

This Week In History

A resource from EnglishClub.com with a vocabulary activity (Wordchecker), an article to read, a video to watch and then a quiz to complete testing your understanding of the task.



17 October 1961

Protesting Algerians Shot Dead In Paris

French police kill up to 400 people marching in support of Algeria's independence.



Sunday, 7 October 2012

British Council Elementary Podcast Episode 6

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

  • Telling a story - 'being late'.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter
  • Vocabulary quiz - words beginning with (single consonant sounds)
  • Kazakhstan - a comparison of 'old' and 'new'.  Astana (capital city) versus traditional mountain scenery.  'Berkutchy' - a traditional eagle keeper or modern occupations.
  • Expressing an opinion - how 'green' are you?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela when she is at university deciding what societies and clubs to join.
  • 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 the word 'like' as a verb, preposition and informal conversation filler.
  2. Informal language and phrases.
  3. Giving information to others.  For example: phone numbers, addresses.
  4. Use of the phrase 'as well'
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.

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.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

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.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

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.





Sunday, 2 September 2012

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.





Saturday, 25 August 2012

British Council Elementary Podcast - TEFL Global Resources


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.






Sunday, 19 August 2012

TEFL Global Resources - Elementary Podcasts from the British Council


Introducing 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.  

Just, 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 which is 22 pages long.  Use this link:

Main Contents of Podcast

  • phrases to introduce friends
  • what famous person dead or alive would you like to meet and why?
  • vocabulary quiz - kitchen and bedroom words
  • Central Park, New York
  • is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charities- the arguments for and against
  • dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela at immigration control
  • telling/retelling a joke


There is a summary of the main language points. Try to get more practise with these language points during the week if you can:
  1. use of 'going to' and 'intend' tense to talk about future plans (informal v formal)
  2. use of the salutations 'goodnight' and 'good evening'
  3. use of the term 'dear' to name somebody (usually from an older person to a younger person)
  4. use of the phrase 'it depends'. Often followed by a preposition. For example - it depends if, it depends on etc
I will post follow up work.





Friday, 3 August 2012

TEFL Habitats of Great Britain Vocabulary Resource

Habitats of Great Britain -Vocabulary


Learn vocabulary associated with the environment at TEFL Vocabulary Resources



Resource to develop definitions of scientific vocabulary and phrases, synonyms, building words from the root, adding prefixes and suffixes. 

Further resources will follow to use the vocabulary you have learned.