It’s a dog’s life! (A2-B1)

Hello dear students!

I am back on the blog after a little while with a lesson on dogs! It is a vlog (video blog) with loads of vocabulary and the activity sheet that goes with it!

In this lesson you will learn some basic dog anatomy, some verbs you can use and a bit more general vocabulary on man’s best friend.

1. Watch this video

 

2. Check out the activity sheet

FREE download here! Dog vocabulary

 

Dog vocabulary

That’s it for today guys. I really hope you enjoyed the lesson. Keep on learning! Xoxo

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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!

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The Synonym Race

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Hello teachers and students! This is a post that you can all benefit from.

I went to a training session with the Pearsons editors last year and they showed me this awesome ESL activity.

I have written an informal letter (similar to Cambridge PET Writing part 3) but throughout the text there is more than 1 option to choose from to complete the text. ALL the options are correct. It just shows how to diversify your vocabulary.

Here is the document:

The Synonym Race – B1 letter

How to play the activity

Each student should have their own copy. They read the text individually and choose one option each time. They should circle the ones they chose.

The students should be in pairs for the activity. Their goal is to guess and memorise their classmate´s words.

To do so student A starts reading and says the option they think student B chose. If B says it is correct, A continues reading. If it is incorrect, B starts reading and guessing from the beginning. Every time someone fails, the other student starts again form the beginning.

The students are NOT allowed to write down what their partner´s options are, they must remember them!

More Advanced

This activity can very easily be adapted to other levels. I have also created a connector race, but this one is for B2-C1 and it is in the shape of an essay on the environment.

I specifically chose that topic because my students who are preparing the Trinity ISE II examination need to study this topic. So this is three birds, one stone. They see an example of what an essay should look like, they practise varying their vocabulary and they learn more vocabulary related to a topic they have to study.

Here is the document:

The Synonym Race – B2/C1 Essay on the Environment

Alright, so if you are a student, just download the materials and practise the activity with a partner. It should help you memorise new vocabulary quickly.

If you are a teacher, download the materials and have your students practise. I strongly encourage you to create new documents like this one, but the best would be to focus them specifically on the vocabulary/register/type of writing your students need to practise.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this activity! Comment down below how you would adapt it to you own students´ needs.

Keep on learning (and teaching)!

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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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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.

Audio

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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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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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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