Eating Frogs – Online Listening Exercise

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It has been a while since I last posted something on the blog (though I have about 10 articles waiting to be finished).

I have been making short videos about situations I experience and poor Arran, my boyfriend, was forced to try frog’s legs, one of my favourite French delicacies. My dad also really wanted to be in one of my videos so we decided to go full on French for this one (my Dad’s French accent, the flag on his T-shirt and frog’s legs…We just need to add a béret basically).

But this is not just a fun video to watch, I have turned it into a real listening exercise. And all you need is a piece of paper and a pen. I have used the subtitles to create an actual listening quiz. There are numbered gaps in the subtitles and your job is to find those 10 missing words. The answers are at the end of the video.

Would you eat frog’s legs if you could?

If you want the version without subtitles check out my Facebook page. (link down below)

What do you think of this new type of video exercise?
I really hope you like it!

Keep on learning!

Xoxo

 

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Trinity ISE I (B1) – Time’s up Style

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As you probably know, there’s not that much out there to prepare the students for the Trinity exams. So I’ve made this set of materials to hopefully help you out.

This activity covers the following topics:

  • Travel
  • Money
  • Fashion
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Health and Fitness
  • Learning a Foreign Language

Of course you can use it as a vocabulary activity even if your students are not preparing for the Trinity exams.

There are two links below, the first one is the PDF of the game and the second one is a blank one, allowing you to add more words as your student’s get too comfortable with the words.

Topic cards ISE I time’s up

Topic cards ISE I template

There are many ways you can use the cards. You can use them as types of flash cards or even give a few to your student and ask them to use them in their answers. But today I have decided to tell you how to play Time’s up with them.

How to play:

Divide the class in two teams. Put all the cards in a hat or a box. Have players from each team take turns pulling words from the hat. Those students have 30 seconds to make their teammate guess as many words as possible by describing them. The teacher collects the cards with the words the students didn’t know and skipped.

Once all the cards have been used, count the points and put the cards back in the hat. The teacher should explain what the skipped words meant. Now the students play another round, but slightly different. This time they are only allowed to use one word to describe each card. Once all the cards are done, add the points to the previous round. The team with the highest score wins.

Make sure to go over the words they didn’t remember one more time, it should help the students memorise them.

I hope you enjoy the materials and the activity. I would love for you to tell me if you have found different uses for the cards!

Keep on learning (or teaching I guess).

XOxo

 

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Great Cambridge PET Speaking Part 1 and 2 Activity!

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Hello everyone!

I have a fantastic activity for you today. My boyfriend told me about this activity and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

It is originally intended to help the students become more familiar with the Cambridge PET speaking parts 1 and 2 but it can be used for many other different things such as:

  • imperatives (for instructions and directions)
  • comparatives
  • topic based vocabulary (which you can choose)
  • adjective order

I will give you the instructions for this activity based on the topic I have chosen which is ‘presents’.

Instructions:

Tell your students to come up to the board. Put them in pairs. Each pair gets a section of the board and one student in each pair gets a marker for the board. The other student will give instructions on how to draw that sudent’s best present he/she has ever received. Repeat the process after swapping roles. Make sure the students do NOT erase any drawings from the board.

Then your students will explain to the class why they chose those items (this is similar to speaking part 1). Here the teacher should be taking notes of the student’s main mistakes.

Once every student has presented his present, the teacher will keep the 6 most relevant drawings to the question ‘Which of those presents is the best for Mother’s Day?’.While they debate which one is the best (part 2 of the speaking exam) the teacher circulates and takes notes of more mistakes.

Wrap up the activity by writing all the mistakes heard throughout the activity on the board. The students should try to correct the mistakes themselves. The teacher goes over the remaining mistakes on the board.

Let me know how it goes! XOxo

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Phrasal Dominos 2.0

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There are different ways you can use dominos to practice using phrasal verbs. This activity is a mix of IN, ON, AT – Preposition Dominos and Funtastic Phrasals!.

Download this document, print it and cut it!

phrasal dominos

Instructions

Tell your students to take the same amount of dominos (it will depend on how many students you have) and place 1 in the middle of the table.

In turns, students have to match the verbs and the adverbial particles to form phrasal verbs. The student who created the phrasal verb should then speak a sentence with that verb to show that he can use it properly.

The first student out of dominos wins.

 

Have fun!

XOxo

 

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IN, ON, AT – Preposition Dominos for Basic and Pre-intermediate Students

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Good day to you!

This activity is nothing new really, I have seen many teachers do this ESL activity but as I wanted to make myself a  nice printed set. I thought I’d share it with you.

The game is extremely simple yet efficient. Share the tiles betweens all your students. If they are very low put them in pairs. The purpose of the game is to be the first one without a domino left.

How to play:

Gather your students around a table. Place one domino in the middle of the table. Now a student needs to add one of his own dominos by matching the preposisition (in red) and the words (in black) correctly. There are many possible moves.

Everytime a student puts down a domino, he must form a sentence using the preposition+noun he created. If the student cannot place a domino, his turn is skipped.

Free download:

in, on, at – preposition dominos

 

Let me know how it went in your class!

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ISE II Conversation Phase Activity

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Here is a project I have been working on for a few weeks now and I am pretty happy about it!

If like me you are running out of ideas to help your students practice part 3 of the Trinity spoken examination this activity is what you need.

You don’t prepare your students for the Trinity examination? This speaking/vocabulary activity is still worth a try.

The idea is to basically play a reversed taboo. Each of the topics (Trinity ISE II) have 18 cards. Each card contains a different question that the students must answer using the 3 words/expressions provided on the cards. This way you make sure the students use more interesting vocabulary.

I play the game as it is but there are many different ways you could play it:

  • use a die (each topic is assigned a number and 6 is a free question).
  • use a board game that mayches the colours of the cards (to be then played like a Trivia).
  • use only one of the topic to renforce the vocabulary of a specific topic.
  • have your students guess what the words on their classmates’ cards are.

Just print this document double sided, cut it and it’s ready!

ise 2 topic cards

Enjoy! XOxo

 

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Valentine’s Day – ESL Lesson

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Hello everyone!

I am sorry for not being very active on the blog lately, I have been focusing a lot on making videos for Youtube (for both teachers and students of course!).

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you like that celebration or not it is always a good excuse to create an especially fun lesson.

Here are several ESL activities to teach in class. And if you are a student, there are some exercises that you can download and do at home! So let’s have a look!

Famous Couples

Teacher writes the following expressions on the board (feel free to add your own) and discusses their meanings with the students:

  • to admire
  • to look up to
  • to give back to
  • to be kind-hearted
  • to set an example
  • to overcome something
  • to go through something
  • to live up to someone’s expectations
  • to pave the way
  • to be devoted to someone/something

Ask your students to tell their partner about a famous couple they admire. Then that partner presents to the class using as many of the expressions on the board as possible. The person who uses the most wins.

Love or Hate Vocabulary

Here is a worksheet you can download.

 

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Exercise I – Tell your students to write the expressions under the correct category (love or hate). Then discuss the meaning with them.

Exercise II – Fill in the blanks with the appropriate expression from the previous exercise. More than one option is sometimes possible.

Love letter

This is the perfect occasion to review the structure of a letter.

Pair your students up. Tell them to write a list of stuctures that can be used to start and finish a letter (both formal and informal). The team that has the most wins. Teacher adds other expressions.

Then it is time for practice. Give your students a topic. Here are some options:

-A famous star has a crush on you and has sent you a love letter. Write the letter you would love to receive.

-Write a love letter to someone you love.

-Your best friend has just broken up with their partner. Write them an email to cheer them up.

-Your English pen-friend has asked you about what people do for Valentine’s Day in your country. Write him a letter in which you explain what people typically do for that occasion.

I suggest writing a 100 to 150  word long story (fewer for lower levels, or if it’s just a one hour-long lesson). Then either collect the writings to correct at home or tell them to present to the class.

I love this thing!

Tell your students to think about an item they love, why they love it, how they got it…Then they write that item on a piece of paper and the teacher collects all the pieces of paper. The teacher re-distributes the papers randomly. The students might have their own paper or a new one. No matter what the paper they must present this item to the class as if it were there’s. The other students can ask questions in order to guess whether it is the student’s loved item or not.

At the end, once everybody has presented once, the class gets to discuss which paper was whose and why.

 

Let me know how these activities go!

XOxo

How I learnt English and My Tips

Happy New Year everyone!

A few of you have asked me how I learnt English so I thought I would make a video to tell you a little bit abut my background. I have also thrown a few tips to help you improve your English (those are all things I did!)

This is a listening exercise as well (like the usual) so I write the script and made a quiz you you:

How I learnt English

How I learnt English – Quiz

 

Watch the video and fill in the blanks in the quiz at the same time.

 

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Trying British Sweets – Listening

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My last video on suprising fiacts about the UK seemed to be well received so I decided to do something a little bit cultural again and have come up with this video in which I try British sweets. This is also a listening exercise so download the following quiz as well as the answers.

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trying-british-sweets-answers

 

 

Enjoy guys and of course don’t forget to follow My Little English Page on FacebookInstagram and Youtube for regular updates!

XOxo

Listening – Things that Surprised me in the UK

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I have created a listening exercise for you on the topic of British culture. I made a video of a few things that surprised me in the UK when I was living over there.

I will upload the video shortly but if you subscribe to My Little English Page on Youtube, you will be notified as soon as the video is up.

Meanwhile…you can go ahead and download the quiz below.

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Alright, the video is finally out!

 

Enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know what you think!