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Where’s that video I saw the other day? I need it for my lesson.

Do you ever spend ages looking for the right picture, video or text for your lesson? I can only imagine the hours in my teaching career I’ve devoted to this!

Other times, seemingly out of nowhere, the right text, video or picture comes, and creating a lesson around it is a smooth, enjoyable process.

One thing I’ve learnt is to be always on the lookout for pictures, videos and texts that can later be used for teaching. When I find them I save them in my profile on diigo.com, which is a bit like an online ‘favourites’ toolbar, and it allows me to tag the site. In this case I tag it as ‘make a lesson with this’. That way, whenever I go back to the tag I have all the sites, videos and pictures that at some point I though would make a good basis for a lesson. This has had a tremendously positive effect.

An example of how I’ve used this is when my brother sent me a fantastic video by WhatsApp, I saved it with that tag, and came back later and built a lesson around it.

At first sight the video appears to be a car advert, but appearances can be deceptive! What’s more, this advert was banned most unfairly. It’s edgy, visual and had a great twist. Perfect for a lesson on a transport theme and puts the climate crisis centre stage.

Would you like to see the lesson? I’d love to show you so just click below to access it.

What about you? Have you found a method of finding, during and retrieving materials for lesson plans that come up? I’d love to hear your ideas so please post a comment!

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11 November transport

November 20th: Universal Children’s Day

Why not bring Universal Children’s Day into your classes this November?

In this lesson for teen or adult learners B1 level upwards, learners will:

  • discuss childhood
  • discuss their impressions of two photographs
  • watch a video about Universal Children’s Day
  • imagine an event to mark the occasion at their school or workplace

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02 February adults B1 C1 Social life solutions transport Winter Cycling Day

February 14th: Winter Bike to School and Work Day

Is it a cold February with you? Perhaps you are thinking about Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you are lucky enough to live in a hot country where it is warm and sunny. Did you know that February 14th is Winter Bike to Work Day? Perhaps you still walk or cycle to school or work, or maybe you opt for a car or the bus. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere hot, then hopefully your bicycle is ready to go! In recognition of everyone who keeps cycling or walking to work or school this winter, why not teach this lesson based around a video from Sustrans, a UK organisation that promotes non-motorised eco-friendly transport?

In this lesson learners will:

  • Discuss how they travel and the benefits of certain kinds of transport
  • watch a video and do comprehension tasks
  • explore collocations from the video
  • do a roleplay based on a situation related to the video.

Level: B1 upwards

Materials: a projector and these slides. You can download them before class if connection is an issue.

Just click on the slides below at the bottom right and follow the steps.

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