TOEFL 3-in-1 lesson material: essay + editing + vocabulary

Flaming cocktailsAt first I simply wanted to publish my recent TOEFL lesson pack devoted to teaching a toefl essay. Then I thought the material is in fact a 3-in-one lesson, and tried to describe he approach behind it – which resulted in a BIG post about all-in-one approach… having little to to with this particular material :). So I ended up with 2 posts instead of one. ­čÖé

This one is all about a TOEFL essay, in particular:

  • reading a sample essay (high-level, but imperfect)
  • I took the essay from here and hope the author doesn’t mind ­čÖé

  • evaluation,┬ánoticing, editing skills development
  • academic ┬ávocabulary focus – for upper internediate+ students
  • paraphrasing skills.

DOWNLOAD the lesson materials here.


If I were writing a coursebook…

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I keep wondering about why so many coursebooks still  work on listening in one lesson and reading in another one.

I love the many-in-one approach. Not only is it economical in terms of time spent on lesson preparation – it is also a lot more effective than ┬áthe “one task – one skill” one.

Here you can download a TOEFL essay + vocabulary + noticing/editing lesson, which is not 100% related to this post ­čÖé – but is one example of multiple benefits extracted from one text.
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This is my blog to date :)

I think I’ll ┬ámake this a sticky. Created it as a response to David Dodgson’s challenge here :). The challenge is also to reflect on these keywords… Well – let me think … I’ll post it soon!

This is where you can make your own:

Another club… couldn’t stop talking.


This club was devoted to national character and the melting pot issue, and we liked it really.
I posted the club plan at the club’s site here – there you’ll find a detailed description of what we did + a set of accompanying materials.

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 ┬áuse it ┬ánext year – or this year, may be – why not?

The┬áFriday of ┬áMarch 18th was ┬ádevoted to┬áSaint Patrick’s day – yet, you can’t imagine the variety of topics we touched upon!┬á┬áHere’s what we did (including the links to┬ásongs 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). ┬á 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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