Monday, 3 September 2012

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:

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.  
  • 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.


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.

Buenos Aires

Famous Argentinian People, Places and Events

A TEFL Global Resource which allows you to find out about famous Argentinian people. 

Study events and places in Buenos Aires from videos, slideshows, photographs and web pages. Present what you have learnt in a short descriptive piece of writing.

Finally, test your knowledge in a quiz to see how much you have learnt.

TEFL Global Resources - Communicative Page