Paper or plastic?

Paper or plastic?  The very first post on  my very new lessonplans site.

It’s a lesson based on a nice video I came across on youtube, with student’s worksheets and teacher’s notes.

Weird jobs, funny jobs… A free downloadable and enjoyable lesson.

download the lesson handout
Teacher’s notes.

 Level: high pre-intermediate – upper intermediate

Time:  60-90+ minutes as-is (depending on the level), or it could be split into 2 lessons and some controlled practice can be added.

Skills: speaking, reading, writing.

This is a lesson that emerged out of one of our English club sessions devoted to funny jobs. Therefore, it provides scaffolding to facilitate conversation rather than overt teaching. Anyway, it will be effective as a freer practice lesson after you covered the material necessary to talk about job duties, personal qualities, describing your experience etc. – i.e., the language useful to go through an interview. Alternatively, use it as an introductory task-based lesson prior to teaching those topics. Another option is to add some presentation and controlled practice tasks to make a PPP-lesson out of it (you may wish to split the lesson into 2 then).

As for the last task – making a mock job interview – there is a great and simple free simulation at that you can easily adapt to match this lesson since it is in the doc format.

The language areas involved are:

  • Using present perfect to describe your experience.
  • Using present perfect with superlative adjectives (the funniest job I have ever heard of).
  • Patterns to describe work duties.
  • A number of action verbs to describe a job (to test, to assist, to instruct, to procure etc).
  • A model to name a job: noun + verb-er (a mule handler).
  • Adjectives to describe personality.
  • Patterns commonly used in a newspaper job ad.

Copyright note: I borrowed the list of crazy jobs from the Internet and since lots of sites have published it I guess it’s open source information now .

Hope you have a good time teaching this lesson and drop me a line about how it went.

Download the teacher’s notes

Catch a falling star…

On my club’s blog I’ve just published a free downloadable song lesson based on “Catch a Falling Star” by Perry Como. Love the song, and my students invariably fall in love with it. I’m not duplicating it here as they say it’s bad for the SEO :))). Feel free to visit the language club’s site. The current version is for classes of Russian students, but a no-Russian version will be published very soon. In any case, you can edit the doc to match your students’ L1, or simply remove all cyrillics 🙂

My English Speaking club in Moscow…

Been busy setting up a new enterprise – an English speaking club in Moscow, where I live. Almost up an running now. What do you think of  the site? 🙂 Thanx in advance for your comments – I’d greatly appreciate some feedback (although the site is in Russian, but there are quite a few pages in English in the past sessions category (Что было?) – A BUNCH OF MATERIALS TO MAKE GREAT CONVERSATION/CLUB LESSONS.

why I love speaking clubs.

What I really love about the speaking clubs is 2 things, basically:

  • you never know which way the discussion will take you, and –
  • you learn such a lot from the clubbers while they discover a great deal from you…

Last week I was mostly absent from the virtual world as I was busy starting a conversational club. Its second session received most favourable feedback from the participants, which is why I decided to share its plan and the accompanying materials – so you could  use it  next year – or this year, may be – why not?

The Friday of  March 18th was  devoted to Saint Patrick’s day – yet, you can’t imagine the variety of topics we touched upon!  Here’s what we did (including the links to songs and downloadable materials).

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Error correction: having SS do your work.

To pot the redThe best way to correct your students is, naturally, getting them to correct themselves. Moreover – I see it as THE ONLY way to really achieve the results (and it is especially true of getting rid of fossilized errors).   There are a few problems here, however (a free material shared below, click “more”):

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Grammar lesson-planning template

Radiometer 9965 NevitThis is the result of some recent reflections on lesson-planning, rule-based teaching (again) inspired by this discussion, and this challenge (I had no time to participate, unfortunately), plus the #ELTchat of  of 02.02. 2011 (summary here) on fossilized errors. So,

>lesson-planning made easier, plus

>fossilized errors (and errors as such) prevention, plus

>some up-to-date views on rules in teaching

= this grammar presentation plan template

+ a grammar_presentation_sample_plan_comparatives.

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