Do you try three stages when reading: pre-reading, while-reading and post-reading? Try this activity to help get in the habit of approaching reading with these stages. A great text by George Monbiot the renowned journalist is featured. Open the Sway presentation below, then scroll down through the activity.
Did you also think that the IELTS reading section was easy until you attempted a task in which you match headings to the paragraphs? Now you might be feeling demotivated but fear not, help is at hand. Just follow the steps shown in this activity so that from this point onward, you’ll be saying ‘IELTS reading: bring it on!’
In this activity you will
- Look at the importance of prediction followed by gist reading the whole text.
- Learn about the ‘traffic light’ rule for unknown vocabulary in a text.
- Practice an IELTS type text in which you match headings to paragraphs.
- investigate an important issue of our times.
Enlarge the Sway presentation below and click on the buttons to do the activity.
This month is #PlasticFreeJuly
Learn about it and improve your English with this activity.
- watch a video
- look at vocabulary from the video
- read the ingredients for plastic free products you can make
- Create and share an advertising poster
Are you ready? Enlarge the Sway presentation below and scroll through to do the activity.
Ideal for exam classes and teacher-training. This lesson practices skills common in exams like FCE, IELTs, and Aptis; deducing meaning from context, and choosing the best heading for each paragraph.
Based around George Monbiot’s article ‘Rewild the Child’, which argues for a radical rethink in how we educate children by getting them out of the classroom and taking them outdoors.
The lesson consists of a lesson plan, the text, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Lesson plan: Rewild the child
PowerPoint: Rewild the child
It’s got to be one of the best infrastructure developments in cities. Turn up, pay for a bike, ride it to the next drop off point and your there! In terms of reducing pollution, getting fit, and making cities more pleasant places to live, it’s a win win win situation! So next time you do a lesson on travel, or city life, why not try this lesson. And tell me how it goes, I’d love feedback. Did you find the materials user-friendly, did the students find it interesting? Any suggestions? Here is the lesson:
This lesson is based around a jig-saw reading and looks at winners of this years Goldman prize, which honours ordinary people who have done extraordinary actions to protect nature, the environment and the human communities that live in them.
Download the lesson plan: an-eco-prize
Here is a jigsaw reading on the topic of interesting ways to generate energy, whether it is to power a ship or a disco or charge up your mobile phone!
This lesson plan can be used with B1 level students and above, and the video of the disco that generates electricity from people dancing is a great way to show that sustainable living is FUN!
Did you know that taking the train instead of flying is much more environmentally friendly? Travelling by Eurostar creates ten times less carbon emissions that flying the same route! Not to mention it’s more fun and you get to see more – it’s the journey, not just the destination, after all!
Language teaching course-books rarely focus on this great way of travelling, but here is an internet lesson lesson that does just that.
This lesson does require access to computers connected to the internet.