“Jump”: Risk-taking vocabulary through music

This is a ready-made lesson you can use with your intermediate / upper-intermediate students. Copy and paste whatever you want to your heart’s content! You can use it to introduce / supplement those classic coursebook units on risk-taking, overcoming adversity etc. or as a stand-alone lesson.
The song is a mid-tempo ballad sung by Take That’s Gary Barlow, so it may not appeal to teens. It is filled with useful vocabulary, though, so you might want to give it a try anyway. This lesson has never been tested, so any feedback is most welcome. Continue reading “Jump”: Risk-taking vocabulary through music

Internet memes & concept checking, by Marcelo de Cristo

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

teaching inversion – guest post by Ricardo Barros

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