Use prepared cards to revise functional expressions. These activities are good for Meetings, Telephoning etc.
Monthly Archives: October 2010
This is an idea for keeping pre-experience students focussed and speaking in English when working in groups. I hope it is the first of many posts on this very important topic.
If you only ever read one book on methodology/teacher development, then this should be the one.
This is basic. You really do need a voice recorder if you teach 1:1. No excuses.
Predicting the content of a text before reading it is a timeless activity very familiar from General English. Here are some variations on that theme suitable for any authentic business text.
You have a great text but you don’t know quite what to do with it and have zero time to prepare your class. No problem. Just read this.
Here are a number of ideas that use phrases written on cards to help students practice fixed expressions. They are particularly suitable for Meetings role-plays, but could be used for other RPs as well.
This is a favourite activity of mine that involves using a coursebook audio + script but not the exercises in the book that go with them. In fact if you photocopy the audio script you don’t need the book at all.
Generate quick A/B mini-dialogues in class. Ideal for on-the-spot language feedback and ROLO practice. You’ll be amazed at the language developments/alternatives that come to your mind with the prompt of simple phrases offered by the students.
Here’s something for the grammar fans: present perfect continuous and ‘going to’ are in the spotlight, with some teaching tips.