Whodunit, a unit on mysteries comprising a reading, a bit of practice with modal verbs of speculation (as they seem to be called these days) and a writing assignment. Lots of discussion should be easy to add to this unit.
This is a post that has sat in my drafts box for a while now. I can't remember now if the title comes from Penny Ur or Tessa Woodward. However, the essence of the passage was that too often when teachers pose a question, they are asking students to read their minds. That is, we ask a closed … Continue Reading ››
This is one of my go-to activities for having students compare verb tenses. It's really nice in that it allows for a lot of flexibility on which tenses you want to practice. You can limit it to the present and past simple or throw in the present perfect and continuous tenses. You could even work the … Continue Reading ››
The last TESOL Convention in Toronto seemed to be corpus-themed for me. I went to a number of sessions about using corpuses as a materials writer, as a teacher, and even having students use corpuses themselves. And I learned about some new corpus tools, new aspects of old corpus tools and lots of activity ideas.And, … Continue Reading ››
I'm sharing a fun game that I just made up. I invented it to practice "Can you/Sorry, I can't" as a way of inviting people. However it could also be used to practice a variety of structures for inviting and refusing invitations. It could be used to practice "Would you like to ...". It could … Continue Reading ››
I think it was Scott Thornbury who brought to my attention the way repetition can increase grammatical accuracy; Actually I the idea from Uncovering Grammar but the linked blog post has a nice summary of all the benefits of having students repeat, along with some ways to do it while keeping the lesson interesting. And … Continue Reading ››