Writing | exams | task | useful language

PLASTIC SLEEVES … have been known to save lessons 🙂 Put a copy of a writing sample in a plastic sleeve. Get a permanent marker.   Are your students familiar with this type of task? YES If your students are familiar with the structure, but you’d like to make sure they are – hide the important language and leave the rest visible – students are … Continue reading Writing | exams | task | useful language

Drawings | lexis 2

A slightly different way to tackle drawings and new language than the one that you can find here. Introduce lexis with accompanying pictures. Put the cards with pictures around the room. Encourage students to retrieve the whole phrase. Leave the picture cards as clues for writing/speaking task later on. You can create a handout with the same pictures – it may become an exit ticket, … Continue reading Drawings | lexis 2

Notetaking | lexis | functional language

Let’s say you’re teaching likes&dislikes today. Ask your students to draw a simple table in their notebooks (see above). On the left, the students write all the ways of expressing likes&dislikes they can think of. During the lesson, they add new phrases in the middle column. The third column is for them to add to later on when they come across another phrase that serves … Continue reading Notetaking | lexis | functional language

Notetaking | grammar

An idea inspired by Cornell’s notetaking method. Aim: To help students personalise the target structure & revise it after some time.   On the left – icons/pics that represent: – student’s own sentence (using the target structure) – a pic that will represent their sentence – form (how the target structure is built) – when to use the target structure – a substitution table   … Continue reading Notetaking | grammar

Whiteboard | instructions | writing

Guiding your students through steps of a writing task via instructions on the board? Why not?   Who? A group of 12 B2 adult students. What? A lexis-rich lesson on challenges, taking risks and undergoing change, that had lots of vocab & speaking practice but was leading to a writing task. Why? The lesson was unusually long (120mins) and I knew that by the time … Continue reading Whiteboard | instructions | writing