Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!



"Generally, Thanksgiving is a bad day to be a turkey", said President Obama. On Wednesday, November 27th, he pardoned not one, but two turkeys: Caramel and Popcorn, as a part of the White House Thanksgiving tradition.
I like the names, they're tasty ;) Fortunately, both turkeys are safe :)
Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays in the USA. If you want to know it better, you can watch this short video:






Happy Thanksgiving to my cousin, Andrew!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

At the moment



I've drawn another grammar mind map. This time it's about Present Continuous Tense. We use this tense when the time we are thinking of includes the present moment and is limited (temporary).





I hope you'll enjoy it :)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Every now and then

Students often complain that there are too many tenses in English. In fact, there are only two different forms of the verb we call tense: Present Tense and Past Tense. Tense expresses the difference between present and past time. Present and Past Tense can combine with Perfect and Progressive forms of the verb.

Here's a Present Simple mind map:


I hope not only my 6th-graders will enjoy it.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

What to wear?



How often do you wonder what to wear? For some of us this question is a tough one, but there are lots of people who love fashion and clothes. Here are six pictionaries with clothes and accessories.

Clothes by kakitis


And for my 3rd-graders a small handout on how to describe people:

Thursday, 14 November 2013

How to count the uncountable?

What are countable and uncountable nouns? It is easier to explain it in relation to food and drink.
Every food item that you can count (that has both the singular and the plural form) is countable, e.g. apple - I can eat one apple or I can eat ten apples. Every substance, such as water, meat or cheese is uncountable (it can't be made plural). Although there are some ways to "count" the uncountable nouns. We can measure the amount of a substance or put it in a container,  e.g. a slice of cheese or a bottle of mineral water.
Here is a little handout:
1) countable and uncountable nouns: some, any, how many, how much;
2) how to count food and drink;
3) quantities and containers pictionary.



 


All pictures come from: http://pixabay.com/

Monday, 11 November 2013

More than words


In my free time I like playing word games. They are the easiest way to practice vocabulary. If you Google "word games", you will find many results, but not all of them are worth your time. These are my personal favourites:


WORDSHAKE


http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/fun-games/wordshake

You have 3 minutes to make as many words as possible (3 to 7 letters long) from 16 random letters. Use your keyboard or click on the letters and then press Enter or click Submit.

SUSHISPELL


http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/games/sushi-spell


You have 2 minutes to make as many words as possible (3 to 7 letters long) from the moving sushi plates. Different letters score different points. You can only click on letters and click Submit.

POP WORDS


http://www.abcya.com/must_pop_words.htm


You have to type as many words as possible using the letters that drop into the game. Do not let more than 50 letters drop into the game or it is game over!

WORD REACTOR


http://www.mindgames.com/mindgame.php?mind=Word+Reactor&game=143

You have to connect falling shapes with letters to form words. Use the mouse to connect the words. Grab shapes to move them around.

What are your favourite word games? Please, write in the comments.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Listen, just listen to me

Listening is one of the most important and difficult skills. When we listen to various recordings in the classroom, my students usually complain that the speakers are talking too fast and it's difficult to understand them. And I always say that they have to practice more.  Nowadays, we've got plenty of opportunities to listen to English speakers outside a classroom.

One of my favourite websites with listening online activites is ELLLO.ORG, which stands for English Listening Lesson Library Online. It was created by Todd Beuckens, an English teacher based in Japan.


http://elllo.org/

Elllo offers a variety of free activities, such as Games, Scenes, Views, Videos and Mixers on different levels of difficulty. Each audio is accompanied by the audio script (which you can hide). 
For beginners I recommend Games (SixPix) - just listen to the audio and choose the correct picture :) It's a good exercise to practice listening for the main idea and key words.

And those who loves music and singing should try:
 http://lyricstraining.com/

How well do you know lyrics? Pick up a song, choose the level of difficulty, listen to the song and type the missing words.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Thirst for knowledge




I love teaching about food and drink. Most of my students also like this topic.
Here's a pictionary, a wordsearch and a crossword.


It's a basic selection of vocabulary items, so if you want to learn and pracitse much more, you can visit: http://www.languageguide.org/english-uk/vocabulary/
There are five sections about food: 

 

fruit
vegetables
food
drinks, beverages
sweets




You can choose the level of difficulty, listen to each word and check the spelling. I hope you'll find it useful.

PS. Have you heard of Freerice? Play a game and help end hunger.

http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/2733