Saturday, 22 March 2014

Alternative Blogger Page

I am sorry to advise that I have been experiencing problems connecting fully to Google recently.  Unfortunately, I cannot install Google Chrome either. 

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Examination Resources Update

I am currently updating the examination page of this blog.  I will be posting general information about how the examinations are organised with links to useful tips and practice material. I will keep you posted.


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



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

Saturday, 9 March 2013

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

A collection of films on amazing women from around the world.  Plenty to read, listen to and watch with an opportunity to write if you know of a heroine who has done amazing work in your community.  Simply, click on the blog title and go to

Honour these women's sacrifices and celebrate their achievements.

Friday, 8 March 2013



A lovely lesson from the British Council focusing and developing listening and writing skills. Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 28 November, 2011. 

The lesson gives B2 Intermediate students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary and describe paintings. Inclusive in the resource are some really good examples of vocabulary and phrases that allow students to develop language skills in the field of Art Appreciation and History.

Students can list and present their top five paintings as part of the exercises.


Sunday, 3 March 2013



A Short Story about a Wedding

This resource is a British Council resource and can be found in their BritLit section. It was submitted by the TE Editor on 19 January, 2012 and is a lovely story resource set in a Sri-Lankan setting.

  • The resource will help you develop new vocabulary, an awareness of when the modal verbs 'could' and 'would' are used and an understanding of how the past tense is used in narratives or stories. 
  • This fantastic resource pack gives you plenty of practise with reading and listening skills and there are fantastic recipes to work with after. You could even try them out yourselves. 

I love working with narrative resources.  Often good social issues arise from them; mainly from the setting in which they are placed (the issues maybe historical, cultural or geographically based). 

This resource is no exception; the main issue in the story is the question around 'arranged marriages'. 

Do you agree with 'arranged marriages'? 

You can express your opinion by speaking it to friends or family in English or writing a response to this blog. 

What type of a wedding do you dream of? 

Perhaps a simple one, a fairy tale one, a royal one, a religious/faith based one or a special/cultural one based on the traditions of your own community. Try to describe it in your own words.

Follow Up Work
  • What type of marriages are there in your culture? Do you have 'arranged marriages'?  How do you feel about them?  
  • What advice would you give to a confused person having to make the choice between a 'love marriage' or an 'arranged marriage'? 
  • Do you have any special recipes or food that you serve at weddings? Write out the recipe yourself of describe the food that is served in your own words.

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.