Countdown to Christmas

This is an article I came across on facebook. It’s an easy-to-follow idea to create an advent calendar with random acts of kindness. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

This blog presents a calendar full of ideas we can follow, and it also includes a blank copy we can use for our students to fill in. Isn’t it awesome?

As a plus, we can practise vocabulary and the imperative forms, provoke a debate and create a mood for Christmas.

You can read the article here. 

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You can download the blank copy here.

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Embarrassing situations

Again twitter served as inspiration for a lesson. I read this article on facebook and I thought, why not? So I captured some of the tweets I found more interesting for my B2 students and designed the activity. To summarize, this blogger posted an anecdote about an embarrassing situation she had lived that day, and her followers started filling her timeline with similar anecdotes, and the result was hilarious.

 

First I told them the story that you can read here, and then I showed them the answers that people posted on twitter. Then we shared some similar anecdotes with the whole class, just to see that they had understood what they had to do.

After explaining what they had to do, they posted their anecdotes on the secret facebook group we have, and they did it using their mobile devices in class. At the same time, I displayed the group using the projector, so that those without internet access could see what was happening. This tiny group of students without internet access also posted their anecdotes using the device of a mate or the class pc.

The final step was commenting on their mates’ anecdotes, asking questions, etc.

Emotional Interview

This is a fun activity, ideal to practise intonation and to discover that not only our words can be used to convey meaning. And it includes Jimmy Fallon and Amy Schumer, what else can you ask for?

I think this activity can be used from B1 onwards and the only materials you need are the slides and the video below. I didn’t use the whole video, I decided to omit the part of the birthday and being horny and scared.

STEP 1

Show your students the first slides before watching the video and make sure they understand all the words. If they don’t, help them with mimic.

STEP 2

Play the video and ask them to pay attention to how they change their pitch, their intonation, their speed when talking, etc.

STEP 3

Now it’s their turn, ask them to do the same, starting a conversation with a topic they choose, and using the same tools they characters on the video use.

STEP 4

Now that they are finished you can select different couples to repeat what they did. I recommend you walk around them to monitor their performance during the activity so that you can choose different couples for this last part of the activity.

I did this in class 2 weeks ago and it was hilarious, they could’t stop laughing and they really involved themselves in the activity.

Eating processed meat

A couple of weeks ago the WHO surprised us saying that eating processed meat increases the risk of suffering bowel cancer and placed these products in their list of unrecommended foods.

When I came across this piece of news I decided to use it in class. It’s a short video and it provides lots of interesting information. Before watching it we can ask students some questions about this issue to see what they already know. At the end we can discuss if we think they’re right, or if we are following their advice.

EATING PROCESSED MEAT.