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Draw a story

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:06:01 +0000

Create a picture story with your young learners using this lesson plan and a story from LearnEnglish Kids.IntroductionThis lesson uses a wonderful idea from Chris Riddell, currently the 'children's laureate', of turning children into illustrators.Learners will listen to a story and imagine each scene. Then they will work in groups, making colourful illustrations of key points from the story. When they finish they will put their pictures together to form a picture book version of the story. Finally they will use the picture book to retell the story in groups.Note: If you choose to play the audio of the story at LearnEnglish Kids, you will have to become a member. Follow the instructions at http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ before the lesson.This activity works with most stories and can be adapted to use with other ages and levels. If you have a mobile device, why not film the groups retelling the story. Then send the recording to parents - make sure you have parental permission to do this.TopicStories, picture booksLevelA1+Time50-60 minutesMaterialsTeacher notes (download below)Ali and the magic carpet story text (download below or visit http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/ali-and-the-magic-carpet)Author: Katherine Bilsborough Lesson plan Ali and the magic carpet - story Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 4.2 (18 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A1 Log in or register to post comments [...]



My holiday English book

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:05:29 +0000

This lesson plan for teachers of primary students looks at several creative ideas for making an English activity book in the summer holidays.IntroductionIn this lesson, your students will plan and create their own Holiday English Activity Book for the summer holidays. First they will do two reading activities in pairs. The first text will explain why it is more fun to make an activity book than to buy one. The second text gives instructions for making the book.The learners will then look at some ideas for pages they can include in their own books. They will work in small groups, sharing their ideas and planning their books, deciding how many pages to have and which activities to include. Finally they will create their books and show them to the teacher and the rest of the class.TopicMaking activity booksLevelA1 and aboveTime50-60 minutesAimsTo encourage learners to use English in a creative wayTo encourage learner autonomyTo recycle, revise and practise English in the school holidays MaterialsAll the materials for this lesson plan can be downloaded belowAuthor: Katherine Bilsborough Lesson plan Student worksheet Ideas for pages in the activity book Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3 (35 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A1 Log in or register to post comments [...]



The Rugby World Cup

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:59:36 +0000

This is a topical lesson for September around the topic of the Rugby World Cup, which begins on 18th September.IntroductionIn this integrated skills lesson, students will work in three groups to read and take notes on different texts describing three different aspects of the World Cup: how it is organized, celebrations and players to watch. They will then share their information, speaking from their notes. Finally they will work together to discuss some questions on the topic.TopicRugbyLevelB1/B2Time40-50 minutesAimsTo develop integrated skills: reading, speaking and note-taking around the topic of rugby.To practise note-taking and speaking from notes.MaterialsThe teacher notes and worksheets can be downloaded below.Author: Jill Hadfield Teacher notes Student worksheets (three texts) Student worksheets (information sharing and discussion Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 4 (3 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: B1 Log in or register to post comments [...]



Mandela Day

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:06:10 +0000

Mandela Day is celebrated every year on 18 July. This integrated skills lesson plan for upper-secondary students looks at Nelson Mandela's life and explores some of themes surrounding South Africa during apartheid.IntroductionThis lesson is topical for July as Mandela Day is celebrated on July 18th. On Mandela Day, people aim to give 67 minutes of their time to helping others (to celebrate the 67 years of service of Mandela’s life. Students will learn about Mandela and then discuss ideas for projects to help others. You could take this forward with your class so that they actually choose one project and do it, then write about it later.TopicNelson Mandela, Mandela DayLevelB1+Time60 minutesAimsTo develop integrated skills: speaking and reading around the topic of Nelson Mandela and Mandela DayMaterialsAll the materials can be downloaded belowAuthor: Jill Hadfield Lesson plan Student worksheets Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.5 (11 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: B1 Log in or register to post comments [...]



Festivals

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:58:55 +0000

This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers at level B1 explores the theme of festivals. Students will read about different festivals and invent an exciting new one.IntroductionThis is an integrated skills lesson, in which students will discuss festivals in their countries/ their favourite festivals. They will then work in groups of 3-4 to read and complete comprehension questions on different texts describing the reasons behind and the customs practised in four different festivals from different parts of the world. They will then share the information about their festival and discuss which one they would like to attend and why. Finally they will work together to invent and describe an imaginary festival to celebrate a calendar event such as the middle of winter, the first day of autumn, etc.TopicFestivalsLevelB1 (plus some above-level vocabulary necessary for particular festivals)Time50-60 minutesAimsTo develop integrated skills: reading, speaking and writing around the topic of festivalsTo learn and practice vocabulary for describing festivalsMaterialsAll the materials for this lesson plan can be downloaded belowAuthor: Jill Hadfield Lesson plan Text A - Snake festival Text B - Land diving festival Text C - Hong Kong bun festival Text D - May Day Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.5 (22 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: B1 Log in or register to post comments [...]



World Book Day

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:39:20 +0000

This is an this integrated skills lesson, aimed at young learners with an English level of A2 and above to help them learn about World Book Day.IntroductionStudents work in pairs, reading and writing to complete a text about World Book Day. Then they read clues and complete a book-themed crossword (and find a mystery word). The learners will then use a simple model to write about their own favourite book and add an illustration, using some of the vocabulary they have practised. Finally they will read their texts in class or record themselves reading the texts. There is an optional activity of making a display with the final texts.TopicWorld Book DayLevelA2 and aboveTime50-60 minutesAims:To build awareness about World book DayTo practise vocabulary related to booksTo practise the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)MaterialsAll the materials for this lesson plan can be downloaded below.Author: Katherine Bilsborough Lesson plan Student A worksheet Student B worksheet Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.7 (25 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A2 Log in or register to post comments [...]



Drawing dictation

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:12:09 +0000

This lesson is for teenagers or young adults with a language level of A2-B2 and focuses on using prepositions of place to describe and draw a picture.IntroductionIn this lesson students will learn how to use prepositions of place correctly when they are describing a picture. Firstly, the students give the teacher a drawing dictation as a whole class. Then they work in small groups to give drawing dictations to each other. Teachers can adapt the level of this activity by making the language more or less complex. The core language from this lesson will be useful for oral exams in which students have to describe or compare pictures.TopicDrawing dictationsLevelA2-B2Time50-60 minutesAimsTo learn how to use prepositions of place correctly when describing a picture.To practise giving instructions.To work in a group, sharing information to complete a drawing task.Materials:All the materials are available to download below. Your students will also need a pencil and paper.Author: Katherine Bilsborough Lesson plan Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.2 (57 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A2 Log in or register to post comments [...]



Love poems

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:49:58 +0000

This lesson is aimed at teenagers and young adults with an English level of A2-B2. Students will work together to practise their creative writing skills.IntroductionIn this lesson students will collaborate in a creative writing task. First they will listen to a song and write down words and phrases they hear. Then they will work in groups to write a poem, following some simple guidelines and using their collective words and phrases as a starting point. The learners will write a love poem that is ‘corny' (overly sentimental) on purpose. This technique removes common reservations that some learners have about writing poetry. Learners will read their poems at the end of the lesson.TopicLove poemsLevelA2-B2Time50-60 minutesAimsTo encourage students to collaborate in a group projectTo develop students’ creative writing skillsTo show students that creative writing can be funMaterialsAll the materials are available to download below. You will also need an audio recording of a love songAuthor: Katherine Bilsborough Lesson plan Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.5 (59 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A2 Log in or register to post comments [...]



Film reviews

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:07:09 +0000

This lesson is for teenagers or young adults with a language level of A2-B2 and focuses on discussing and writing film reviews. Introduction: In this lesson learners will revise some film review vocabulary through pair-work discussions. They they will write their own film review after analysing a model. Then they will read each other’s reviews and have a class vote about which film looks most interesting.Topic: Films Aims: To encourage students to join in a discussion To develop students’ writing skills To train learners to spend time planning before they write. Age group: Teenagers and young adultsLevel: A2 - B2Time: 60 minutes +Materials: Teacher's notes Film review work sheet By Katherine BilsboroughThe plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.Copyright - please readAll the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place these materials on any other web site without written permission from the BBC and British Council. If you have any questions about the use of these materials please email us at:teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org Lesson Plan Student worksheet Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.6 (83 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A2 Log in or register to post comments [...]



2014 World events quiz

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:07:09 +0000

This lesson is for teenagers or young adults with a language level of A2+ and focuses on world events in 2014. Introduction:In our monthly lesson plan for December, students think back on world events in 2014. They join in a team quiz with 12 questions about each month in 2014 and then research and create a new 2014 quiz for their peers.Topic: World events in 2014Aims:To encourage students to discuss world eventsTo motivate students in a team quizTo encourage students to look for world events from 2014To encourage students to work together on a collaborative task. Age group: Teenagers and young adultsLevel: A2+Time: 45-60 minsMaterials:2014 World Events Quiz sheet2014 Quiz Key By Katherine BilsboroughThe plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.Copyright - please readAll the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place these materials on any other web site without written permission from the BBC and British Council. If you have any questions about the use of these materials please email us at:teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org Lesson plan World events quiz Quiz answers Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 Average: 3.5 (93 votes) Lesson plansLanguage Level: A2 Log in or register to post comments [...]