B2 Listening – Plastic Surgery

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And here we go with another Trinity style listening exercise. This one is for ISE II (B2) students, but feel free to challenge yourself with this exercise regardless of your level (as the listening is a bit long and on the higher spectrum of B2).

I chose the topic of plastic surgery specifically because it is a controversial topic. Which means the exercise is more focused on expressing ideas and opinion than fishing for pure facts like in the previous one (B1 Listening – Axolotls)

  • Audio clip:

 

  • Download this document for the script, the questions and the answers.

Plastic Surgery B2

You need to get 50% of the answers right. Let me know how it went in a comment below!

Keep on learning!

Xoxo

 

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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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B1 Listening – Axolotls

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Time to practise listening. This is my first full listening post. The intention behind it was to create a listening exercise that ISE I (B1) trinity students can use, but any B1 student can benefit from it.

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Download this document for the script, the questions and the answers.

B1 Listening Exercise – Axolotls

I hope you find the activity useful. If you like it, I’ll make more and include other levels as well.

Keep on learning!

Xoxo

 

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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