This lesson is based on a recent post in which I discussed seven ways to get maximum mileage out of video-based listening activities. Before you go any further, please take five minutes to read the original article.
The lesson is suitable for both teenagers and adults at B1 / B2. Feel free to use it as you see fit. By the way, the activities have never been formally tested, so any feedback is most appreciated. Have fun!
Continue reading Awkwardness: a video-based listening lesson
Internet memes are all around us these days. Whether you like them or not, you are bombarded with them 24/7 through social media. And so are your learners – kids, teens and adults who sometimes find learning about grammar difficult… or just dead boring! So how can you take advantage of internet memes to help your learners understand grammar? In other words, how can you use internet memes for checking key grammar concepts? Read on and find out. Continue reading Internet memes & concept checking, by Marcelo de Cristo
It has long bothered me that the use of inversions in speaking is largely seen as unnatural. Time and time again I would go to a training session or overhear other teachers speaking and inversions would come up in a mocking tone, as if using this particular structure in speaking is hilarious in itself. In my experience, inversions (and to be more specific, inversions after negative adverbials) are commonly presented in advanced course books (CEFR C1) as a formal structure that should only be used in writing. Continue reading teaching inversion – guest post by Ricardo Barros
This post contains a very short excerpt from Big Bang Theory with a classic “second conditional” example and on-screen activities.
Continue reading 2-minute “second conditional” video presentation