Level: Pre-intermediate plus Skills: Listening, Vocabulary Topic area: Christmas in Australia Required resources: Projector with internet connection Time:30-45 mins Number of students: 2 + Growing up in country NSW, Christmas for me meant the rellos coming over for a barbie by the pool in the scorching heat. Christmas in Australia […]

Song: Aussie Jingle Bells

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I just want to share some insights about teaching reading I heard from John Macalister at the University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium on Saturday. Macalister’s topic was “Teaching L2 reading: What’s hot, what’s not,” and he spoke about intensive and extensive reading, and reading fluency development. Intensive Reading […]

What’s hot in reading according to John Macalister

For those of you who love TED, or enjoy using YouTube videos in the classroom, TED-Ed will be pretty exciting. It takes TED’s philosophy of ideas worth spreading and moves that into the classroom with “lessons worth sharing.” TED-Ed takes TED talks or any video posted on YouTube and allows […]

Share and design video-based lessons with TED-Ed

It’s been around for a while, but I only recently came across Storybird – a really beautiful site with ready-to-use graphics to create your own short stories. It’s a great way to get students engaged in writing their own stories and sharing them with the rest of the class. This […]

Writing narratives with Storybird

Level: Upper Intermediate / Advanced / FCE / CAE Topic area: Globalisation Skills: Reading, Speaking, Writing, Vocabulary This is a fun lesson I’ve done a couple of times while teaching in Byron Bay, where there’s a strong culture of buying local and organic produce. It’s actually a couple of lessons […]

Lesson Plan: Food industry globalisation and farmers’ markets

Level: Starter / Elementary Skills: Listening, Vocabulary Topic area: Relationships Required resources: Copy of “I’m a Believer” – Smashmouth version + 1 copy of student worksheet for each student. Time: 45-60 mins Number of students: 2 + This is a fun song and great to sing along to. Some students […]

Song: “I’m a Believer” from Shrek

Here’s an extremely interesting Radiolab episode I just came across which deals with the power of language and language acquisition to influence our ability to think: http://www.radiolab.org/2010/aug/09/ The Radiolab guys talk to Susan Schaller, who taught a 27 year old man his first words, Ann Senghas, who witnessed the birth […]

Language acquisition and thought – from Radiolab

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Level: Starter / Elementary Skills: Vocabulary, Speaking Topic area: Geography Required resources: One copy of students book for each student. Time: 50-60 mins Number of students: 2-12 Here’s a starter / elementary lesson to introduce some common country names and nationalities, as well as the names of the continents. The […]

Lesson Plan: Countries, Nationalities & Continents

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Level: Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate Skills: Speaking, Listening Topic area: Travel Required resources: One copy of Australia map A & B for each pair of students (see links to download below) Time: 40-50 mins Number of students: 2-12 What do your students know about Australia? Do they know which places are […]

Lesson Plan: Around Australia Map (Cardinal points & prepositions to ...