For several years I have used a genre approach to teaching writing, and have spoken about it at conferences and in in-house training sessions. Here is an article which explains how to use this approach, which I think is very interesting:
Given the horsemeat scandal which is flying around Europe at the moment, here is a very topical downloadable lesson.
What Are Language Learning Styles and How Can You Make Sure Your Students Have Them?
This is a video which explains how to write an essay one step at a time. Very useful for our students.
Here is a very useful article which addresses a difficult classroom situation and gives us a series of strategies to resolve it. Sometimes it can be very hard to get students, especially adolescents, to participate in speaking activities. In this article we are given concrete approaches to motivate our students to speak. I hope you find it useful.
I know it’s a little late for this year, but I thought I’d post this for anyone who wants to use it in the future. I taught the lesson to Upper Intermediate students, and it took about one hour 45 minutes.
Start off by eliciting the prepositions you need to describe a photo: at the bottom, at the top, in the middle, on the left, on the right, in the (top-left…) corner.
Put students in pairs. Give each student in the pair one of the two photos below. One student describes, the other draws. Afterwards, they compare the drawing and the original picture and try to decide what is going on, and what connects the two pictures.
(You can download it by clicking ‘slideshare’ and logging in – it’s free to create an account, and you can link via facebook if you want to.)
Put these questions on the board:
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Here’s a very interesting article revising Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital age.
Here’s an interesting idea to help your students to study vocabulary: