Starbucks Manners: a video-based listening lesson

This is a ready-made, video-based lesson you can use with your intermediate / upper-intermediate students. It’s suitable for both teens and adults. Copy and paste whatever you want and use it to your heart’s content. If you want to know more about the principles underlying the activities, please read my article on the richmondshare blog. […]

“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 […]

Awkwardness: a video-based listening lesson

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 […]

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 […]