Trinity ISE II Interactive Prompts

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Hello English world!

I am back with some prompts for the Trinity examination ISE II. The last time I published materials for ISE II was more than over a year ago with the ISE II Conversation Phase Activity which was (and still is) my most popular post.

This time, I am giving you 10 prompts that you can use with your students to practice the interactive phase of the ISE II examination! Yay! Exciting!

In case you are not familiar with this activity, the examiner and the candidate role play a scenario. The candidate is the one in charge of keeping the conversation going. To do so, he/she has to ask as many questions as possible, assess the situation and try to give advice or a solution.

Let’s not waste time and get down to it!

Prompt 1

Your teacher has asked you to interview people with original hobbies. You friend’s sister is the perfect candidate. However she is very shy. Try to convince your friend to introduce you to her.

Prompt 2

Your friend has just lost her work phone but was expecting an extremely important phone call from a client. She doesn’t know what to do.

Prompt 3

You take your friend to the airport to get a flight home for Christmas but due to traffic they miss their plane. Help them find a solution.

Prompt 4

Your friend at university is having a change of heart regarding their study choice. She is considering dropping everything and having a go at a career in writing. She asks for advice.

Prompt 5

Your friend tells you that their partner is angry at them. They don’t know why nor what to do.

Prompt 6

Your friend’s sister is getting married this weekend. They have to write a speech but are terrified of speaking in public.

Prompt 7

Your friend wants to buy a new car but his wife prefers a different model.

Prompt 8

Your friend has been offered two jobs. One is boring and well paid, the other one is interesting yet badly paid.

Prompt 9

Your friend has been invited to a party by her mother-in-law but they don’t get along very well. She is not sure what to do.

Prompt 10

Your colleague has an important presentation in 30 minutes but has just spilled coffee all over their shirt.

I also recommend that you give your students prompts they can relate to. One easy way to do so, is to ask your students to actually make the prompts themselves. They can use their own experience to create the problems, which will make it easier when it comes to finding solutions to the problems and giving advice.

I hope you appreciate the prompts and feel free to write some more in the comment section!

That’s it for today guys…Keep on learning! Xoxo

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3 Valentine’s Day Activities

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so I prepared 3 activities for the occasion!

One of them requires no preparation (just little papers) and the other two just to print and cut (and maybe a die).

Now, if you want more activities, feel free to check last years post Valentine’s Day – ESL Lesson

I. Guess who / Find your partner

You need a list of famous couples, just make sure your students know them. Here is mine:

  • Michelle Obama + Barack Obama
  • Kim Kardashian West + Kanye West
  • Shakira + Gerard Pique
  • Penelope Cruz + Javier Bardem
  • Beyonce + Jay Z
  • Victoria Beckham + David Beckham

Now give each of your students a different name from the list. Their objective is to find their famous partner.

Randomly pair students up. Give them one minute each to ask their partner as many questions about their famous self as they want (the original game requires yes/no questions but feel free to use WH ones).

Change the pairs until all the students have talked to each other. Then tell your students to stand next to who they think their famous partner is.

Activity Extention

If you want the activity to be longer and add more speaking, tell them to give their reasons why they think one person is their partner. It might also make some students change their mind and create more debate.

Level Tweak

To make it more advanced you can add more rules. For instance, tell the students that if someone calls them out on who their famous self is, they are eliminated. The students will have to be more careful with the information they provide and how they form their answers.

II. Relationship Dominoes

This activity is a different version of my Phrasal Dominos 2.0 and it focuses on collocations. Download this document (FREE of course), print it and cut it.

Love Hate dominoes

I recommend that you print more than one set if you have bigger groups of students. Roughly a set for 2 to 4 students is usually comfortable.

Tell the students to put the dominoes face down on the table and to randomly take the same amount of dominoes. Then one student places one face up in the middle of the table. The next student places a domino on either side of that one as long as it recreates a correct collocation.

If a student cannot form any collocation they have to pass. The first one out of dominoes wins!

III. Love-Vocabulary Boardgame

Just print and cut the cards in the PDF document down below.

Relationship Boardgame

As you can see in the document, there are 4 categories of cards that each represent a different task to do (each one is explained in the document).

I recommend that you put the students in pairs (or groups) for the activity. Each team has to successfully complete each task in order to win. If you have a small group of students you could tell them to do 2 or 3 of each card.

Activity Extension

If you want to make it even more fun/challenging, create more cards! Just add some in each category, or have the students add some themselves (great way to check what they know). You could even create a new category or two and include dice. Basically…there´s a million things you can do with this activity.

 

Keep on learning!

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5 (other) Great ESL Activities

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Since you all seemed to enjoy 10 Great Speaking Activities I decided to write another similar post. I hope you find this one as useful as the previous one and that your students have fun with the activities.

  • Fun Scattegories

This is more like a mix of scattegories and list 5 things. Divide your class into pairs or small groups. Write one of these on the board:

-things to say while breaking up

-things you say to avoid meeting your mother-in-law

-things racist people say to show they are not racist

-excuses for not having your homework

-things to say to get out of a parking ticket

Then tell your students to write 5 options. Warn them to be original as they will only get 1 point if another team has the same options, but 2 points if nobody has the same.

This is a nice, quick and easy activity that students usually really like.

 

  • The Forced opinion game

Randomly choose half of the class to be the agree side and the other half for disagree. Have them seat according to the opinion you have assigned them. It could be a good idea to tell your students that you are of course aware that whatever they will say during the game is not their real opinion. Then write one of the following on the board (feel free to add your own, the more controversial the better):

-Women should stay at home (If your male students are very shy I suggest making sure they are are on the disagree team for this one)

-Holy Week should be banned (this one works magic here in Seville)

-Politicians should earn more money

-Real Betis is better than Sevilla

-Being famous…what a horrible life

As you can see some of those statements can be quite difficult to agree (or disagree with) so I suggest you give your students a few minutes to think of some aguments and then just let them debate. Make sure everybody participates!

 

  • The Speculation Game:

This is a nice activity to apply the use of modal verbs (possibility, certainty, impossibility, speculation…). Here are a few examples of photos you can use for this activity.

 

Pair your students up and have them tell you what happened in those photos. Make sure they use modal verbs (e.g. The monkeys must have been curious).

To extend this activity tell your students to actually write the story of how this happened. You will see how imaginative those students of yours can be.

 

  • The Wikipedia Race

This game might be better for more advanced students.

Tell your students to get their phones out (has to be a smart phone as you need internet). Tell your students to go on Wikipedia. Look for random articles (it is an option on wikipedia) and choose 2. New tell your students to all go to the same one on their phones. The more similar the two articles the easier is will be so don’t hesitate to use your teacher veto on some of the articles suggested.

The goal is to get to the other article by only clicking on the links provided by Wikipedia. It is a really good exercise to practice reading fact and scanning for information (which is something students need to do for their exams).

  • The 5-second rule game

This is one of my new favourite games.

Give your students 5-6 little papers each. Tell them to write things to list on each paper ( ex: types of soups, words starting by the lette -e-, blue objects, things you cannot buy at the supermarket…) and then gather the papers.

Now one student will take a paper and has 5 seconds to list 3 of what is asked on the paper (or more depending on how advanced your students are). If the student doesn’t manage to list what he was supposed to, the person on the left gets 5 seconds as well. BUT none of the words mentioned by the previous student can be used. Continue until one of the students manages to do it (he gets the point). If none of them manages to do it, the first student gets the point. Then another student gets a paper and the game continues until the teacher says so (or maybe the end of the class).

It is actually a real game that you can buy in shops. If you decide to buy it, instead of making it as I suggest it, keep in mind that you will have to go through the cards first (some cards require pretty advanced vocabulary or a fairly advanced knowledge of British culture). It does come with a 5 second timer and this is very convenient.

 

Let me know how these activities went and which one your students preferred! Have fun and of course…

Keep on teaching!

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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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!

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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

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.

That’s it for today guys…Keep on learning! Xoxo

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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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