Where did all the free time go?!

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I just hope that I will be as busy as Kylie…fingers crossed!

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The blog updates have unintentionally become weekly for the time being while I figure out a new routine.  I used to be able to write during my free time at work but alas, the free time is no more now that I have what I have quickly started referring to as a proper job.  Not that my time teaching English wasn’t a real job – it most definitely was hard work at times – but now I have actual responsibilities and tasks to complete beyond having a book thrust in my direction and being told to plan something from nothing and to get it done by yesterday.

Ouch, I’m still pretty bitter about my old job.

I used to work a 40 hour week but only 18 of those hours were in fact face to face teaching hours.  The rest of the time was for planning, marking work and…

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Say something nice

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Fab idea…adding it to my Lesson Plans stash!

A Hive of Activities

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This warmer is appropriate for a class that already knows each other quite well. In essence, the students to greet each other, and pay each other a compliment. Getting so many compliments in such a short space of time feels good, even when the compliments are contrived. It also feels a bit silly, which allows the students to laugh and relax together – perfect for communicating in their L2. The activity comes from a great book I recently acquired by Jill Hadfield, called Classroom Dynamics (where it’s called Crazy Compliments.)

Materials required: students and post-it notes (the same number as there are students).

  • Write on each post-it note an instruction to give a compliment, eg. “say something nice about my eyes,” “say something nice about my smile,” “say something nice about my pronunciation,” etc.
  • Stick one on the back of every student and explain that they are going to mingle…

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Should You TEFL?

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I have reblogged this post; I hope that is okay?! I have reblogged this post because I feel that we all should do TEFL; improve yourself and you will improve others around you!!

An Irish Explorer

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Where I’m from, not many people have done TEFL  (Teach English As A Foreign Language). So I was going into unchartered territory when I signed up to teach English. I had no prior experience teaching anything, let alone teaching a language, which made me a little apprehensive at the whole idea of (trying) to embed knowledge into student’s minds.

So if you’re thinking of teaching English, here is a list that I compiled of why you SHOULD TEFL.

Meet new people– I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people, from all over the world. You learn so much about them and what they want to do with their life.  From the people I have met, they decided to TEFL because they wanted to experience something different.  Like me, they didn’t have a clue what they wanted to do in life, so tefling is a great way to try…

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New Horizon 1 Speaking +1- Hot Phone!

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What a fab idea…adding to my lesson plan ideas! Many thanks for sharing!!

An Easy Distance

Do you have to create a speaking activity for a basic phone conversation? Out of ideas? Tired of memorization and fill-in the blanks? Here’s a fun idea to spruce up your classes’ phone conversations. I used this activity seven times, and it was wonderful each time. Students had fun, and the fifty minutes just flew by. Plus it involves almost no preparation on your part. It is possible to adapt this activity to New Horizon 2 Speaking +2 and New Horizon 3 Speaking +1 and +4 as well.

45 to 50 minutes

Purpose: To get your kids speaking, to learn the grammar point “Hello. This is …” and to get them to have fun so they forget that speaking is scary.

Prep: Two “phones” labeled “A” and “B.” You can use two toy cell phones or do what I did, make your own cut outs from cardboard (preferably red, which…

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Describing people, appearances

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What a brilliant practical!! I better start saving photos of people!! Many thanks for posting this!!

Relax! Speak English

Grammar

Look vs look like

look+ adjective (or an age)

look like+ noun or pronoun

ex: You look so young!

You look like a film star.

Fill in the gaps!

This photo doesn’t …………. you at all. When was it taken?

You……….. very young in this photo. How old were you?

Your brother…….. a rugby player. He’s enormous.

You……. tired. Why don’t you go to bed?

Vocabulary

1. Age

mid-thirties, early seventies, about 20, late sixties, in his forties.

Note: we always say: He in his….. (age). He is in his mid-thirties/ She is in her….. (age). She is in her late sixties.

2. Height and build

tall, slim (thin in an attractive way), thin, skinny (thin in an unattractive way), short, overweight (polite word for fat), fat, medium height, well built.

3. Hair

fair, blonde, dark, grey hair (not white!), ponytail, fringe, long, short,  wavy, curly, straight, shoulder-length, bald…

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