Expression – Treat Yourself

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What it means:

It is to spend money on something that makes you happy at that moment. It could be a piece of cake after a long day at work, or even an item of clothing that you buy yourself for your birthay.

When to treat yourself:

As often as possible of course!

 

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Exam Record Sheets for Cambridge and Trinity

 

Use these exam record sheets to keep track of your students’ progress in Reading, Use of English and Listening. They were created to follow the tests in the Succeed and Successful series (B1, B2, C1) by GlobalELT.

 

Record Sheets for B1:

 

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Record Sheet for B2:

 

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Record Sheets for C1:

 

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You could either give an exam record sheet to each of your students or keep one for each of them. I chose the second option that way I can see where they are at whenever I need to. I of course gave one to the students that asked me for one.

 

Your students will love them… well, as long as they’re improving that is!

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5 Great ESL Activities for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner so I thought I would share these activities with you. They require no, or close to no preparation and are all really fun.

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I took this photo 7 years ago  when I was studying in the US. I love the matching costumes!

I. Halloween “Would you rather”:

Ask your students to debate the following questions. Would you rather:

-ghost or zombies existed?

-be blind or deaf?

-be locked in a room full of cockroaches or spiders?

-turn into a wolf every full moon or have lunch with Donald Trump every Sunday?

-have green skin or horns?

-listen to ‘let it go’ from frozen or ‘crazy frog’ non stop for an hour everyday.

II. Creepy Story:

Give each of your students 3 pieces of paper. Tell them to write one random object on each paper and then collect them. Pair your students up and have them pick 4 papers per team. They must now create a little scary story that includes the 4 words that they picked.

Each team presents their stories and the rest of the students have to guess what the 4 papers were. Whichever pair guesses the most wins candy!

III. Memorise the Items:

This activity requires props. Display as many objects that reminds you of Halloween on a table. Gather your students around that table. Go over the name of all those objects on the table and tell them to memorise what is on it. Tell them to close their eyes for a moment and remove some of the items. Have the students work in pairs and try to figure out which are the missing items.

To make it easier, do not remove any item, just let them recreate the full list of items.

IV. Class Costume Challenge:

Have everybody write on a paper what they would love to dress up as for Halloween. Then divide the class in three or four groups. Tell each group to discuss what they think their classmates chose. Have each group say their guess and explain why. Each student will then reveal what it was. If a team guesses correctly, they get candy!

V. Costume Ranking:

This activity requires a few photos of good and bad Halloween costumes. Here are some that I found online but feel free to add your own or have your students bring their own.

Tell your students to rank them in order or by preference/weirdness/originality and make sure each student explains what he likes, or doesn’t, about the pictures.

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Advanced Vocabulary Activity – Antonyms

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If you are a student:

Download this document and look at the words in the left columns. Write, in the right columns, the words with the opposite meaning of each given word.

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Then download this answer sheet and check your answers.

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If you are a teacher:

You could have your students do it like explained above but there is a fun way of doing this activity in class.

I actually have all the words on the antonyms exercise written on different coloured papers. I stick all the papers in a random order on the board. Then I divide the class in half. Both teams get their own marker colour. Then one person from each team comes to the board and they both write what they think the opposite is (have the students write on each side of the paper, without looking at what the other is writing). Repeat until all the words have been done.

It is a lot of fun this way because it adds a little bit more competition and the students tend to remember the words they did not know better.

 

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High Basic Listening Activity – Rising Sea levels

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Hi everyone!

Here you have another listening activty. It is the same type of activity as in Intermediate listening Mental Disorders but this time on Rising Sea Levels.

Just play the clip and fill in the blanks.

You could also just listen to the clip and take notes of what you hear and then compare with the audio script. Click on the link below to listen to the clip.

I hope you find this exercise useful and let me know if you want more similar posts!

 

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Cambridge Exams – Speaking Part 1 Activity

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Here is a little board that I created to help your students practice Speaking Part 1 of the Cambridge exams. I created it because any time I say “we are now going to do some speaking like in the exam”, half of the class shuts down and starts whining. Students just panic when they know they have to practice the speaking exam and this why I love this exercise. The students don’t always realise that it is exactly what they have to do in the exam, and once they have done it, their mouths drop open when I tell them that they just practiced speaking part 1!

It could be used for PET, FCE or even CAE (you might have to make it a little more difficult for that last level by forcing them to give 3 minute answers for example).

How to play it:

Give a board to each of the students. If you have a lot of time (speaking day for example) tell them to talk to every single person in the class and write the answers to all the questions they have asked their classmates. If you have less time, tell them to only ask 3 of the 7 questions.

Then tell your students to present by saying 2-3 things (again, depending on how much time you have) that they have learnt about a student.

That is a very good exercise to get to know each other better, practice speaking of course, but also listening and writing!

So here is the board: speaking-part-1-board

I hope it comes in handy and that you can successfully trick your student into doing speaking exam tasks with it.

 

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