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Common Collocations

A collocation is a two or more words that often go together. As many collocations you use your English will sound more natural.

Start the lesson writing some hot verbs on the board such as: make, get, do, have, and take. Get students try and complete them with other words and make collocations.

Afterwards, explain that students are going to play a game in which they mime collocations for other students to guess.

Divide students into groups of four to five students. Give each group a set of triangles with collocations. Each student in each group choose a collocation and mime to other groups to guess the meaning. This way the game will continue until all the tringles have been used. The group that will collect the most correct answers will be the winners.

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In the end, I ask students to choose five collocations they like most and use them in sentences leaving gaps and ask their pairs to fill in the gaps. This way they practice and learn more collocations.

Past Continuous tense

How much can you remember?

The aim of the lesson is to revise Past Continuous while students study a picture for two minutes then write the answer to the questions about it. They practice writing and speaking skills as well.

Quickly check students’ use of Past Continuous by asking some questions like: What were you doing at 8 o’clock last night? What were you doing at 3 p.m.? What were you doing in the morning? etc.

Check the third person singular if they can remember what each person was doing.

Go on and explain that students are going to look at a picture and then answer questions about it.

Divide students in pairs and give each pair a copy of the worksheet.

Students look at the picture for two minutes then turn the worksheet over. Tell them that you are going to ask them teb questions related to the picture and they should write the answers in a separate piece of paper.

Read the first question, give them 30 seconds (depending on the level of students) to discuss and write the answer. They should write their answers in full sentences, using the Past Continuous. Thus way continue till the last question.

Afterwards, students exchange their answers with a neighbouring pair for marking. Write up the sentences on board. Students get a point for every correct sentence.

Questions

  1. There was a young woman sitting on her own. What was she doing?
  2. There was someone on the sea. What was he doing?
  3. There was a boy with his girlfriend? Where were they sitting?
  4. What was the girl doing?
  5. There was a family sitting at a table? What was the mother doing?
  6. What was the father eating?
  7. What were the children eating?
  8. How many people were wearing baseball caps?
  9. How many bottles was the waiter carrying?
  10. What was a man selling on the beach?

Finally end the class discussing the following questions:

What do you find easy to remeber?

What do you find difficult to remember?

What techniques do you use to remember things?

Some ideas are taken from New Headway Pre-Intermediate book, Teacher’ Resource book.

A Vacation WebQuest

Formal cooperative learning method is used to accomplish this vacation Webquest task. Students work together for one class period to several weeks, to achieve shared learning goals and complete their assignment about organisation of a summer vacation.

Introduction

Summer is too close and the high school is nearing the end. After the exit or mature examination and after celebrating it, you are going on a ten days vacation with your teacher. So, you are going to be the planners of the vacation. Your options are: Egypt, California, China and France. It is up to you to choose the country where you are going to spend your vacation.

Good luck and enjoy your activity!

 

Task

Do you remember your days in school, team work? Whenever you had to do and difficult or interesting task you worked in groups in order to be more successful.

Now you are going to work in groups again to find out important information and attractive places to visit in order to have the best vacation ever. There will be four groups of three students where each group will look and collect information for one country. To be more specific, one group will gather information about Egypt, one will look for China, the third group will find information about California and the last group will be engaged looking for important information to France. Your job is very exciting and interesting indeed.

You will experience your vacation as soon as you sit in front of your computers and begin searching for the most important, interesting, attractive and beautiful sightseeing places, hotels, restaurants and beaches of above mentioned countries.

Think about all teammates interests.

Process

Before getting started your planning vacation you will decide first who do you want to be in the group with? Doing so the group work will be more effective and enjoyable as well. In this way you will avoid disagreements or any possible trouble. Then you will start gathering information and planning your vacation. But, since you do not know much about those countries, work together as a group and find a map of your vacation country which will help you to find a location and after you have chosen the place you would like to visit, you can follow the steps below to perform all your duties of your assigned team role. You can visit the credits page websites to find your wanted map and useful information about your vacation.

Afterwards, each student will do the following task to complete the vacation plan.

Group 1- Country Egypt

Student 1 – will look for good and manageable hotels, and airplane tickets.

Student 2 – will look for restaurants and beaches.

Student 3 – will look for sightseeing places and shopping centers.

Group 2 – Country China

Student 1 – will look for good and manageable hotels and airplane tickets.

Student 2 – will look for restaurants and beaches.

Student 3 – will look for sightseeing places and shopping centers.

Group 3- Country California

Student 1- will search and gather information about good and manageable hotels and airplane tickets.

Student 2- will look for restaurants and beaches.

Student 3- will collect information about sightseeing places and shopping centers.

Group 4- Country France

Student 1- will search for good and reasonable hotels and airplane tickets.

Student 2- will look for restaurants and beaches.

Student 3- will be engaged looking for sightseeing places and shopping centers.

After you have gathered all the information you needed and wanted, each group will have a meeting with their teammates where you will choose the most important and appropriate information and prepare presentation for the class.

Think about all teammates interests.

Conclusion

Your vacation is ready, so you just have to book your plane tickets.

During these activities, planning your vacation, you have learned many things about the four optional vacation countries and you can now guide people for making a decision where to go on a vacation. You have learned how to search on the Internet in order to find important and reasonable information for a good vacation. You have also learned new vocabulary while searching on the Internet, cooperate with your friends and taking into consideration your responsibilities.

Credits

Home page images websites:

http://www.friedmanarchives.com/California/index.htm

www3.nationalgeographic.com/places/gallery/egypt_camel-sunset.htm/

http://www.vacationtofrance.com/

http://www.crystalinks.com/chinawall.html

 

Introduction image website:

http://www.acclaimimages.com/search_terms/vacation.html

 

Task image website:

http://www.palmstravel.com/DisneyPhotos.html

 

Process images websites:

http://www.travel-to-egypt.net/pyramid-pictures.html

http://www.impactlab.com/2006/02/07/amazing-photos-of-china/

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/california/

http://www.bugbog.com/european_countries/france_travel_guide/france_beaches_guide.html

 

Maps websites:

http://www.wordtravel.com/Travelguide/Countries/Egypt/Map

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/asia/china

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/california

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/europe/france

Other websites:

http://www.directrooms.com

http://www.travel.yahoo.com/

http://www.egypttravelhub.com

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-flights/

http://www.californiahotels.com

http://www.pntours.com/Egypt/Places_to_Visit.php

http://www.californiaweekend.com

http://www.haikouhostel.com/index.php?/Hainan-Island/Places-to-visit/

http://www.antibes.co.uk/beaches/garoupe.htm

http://www.chinatour.net

http://www.beachcalifornia.com/shopmall.html

http://www.egyptianparadise.com/shopping.html

 

Amazing board game activity

The aim of the lesson is to practice speaking skills, as well as verb patterns and future forms.

Pre-activity (5 minutes)

  • Start the lesson by revising some verb patterns writing some promts on the board and asking students to complete the sentences:

I want…, I’d like…, I’m thinking of…, I’m looking forward…, I hope…, I enjoy…, I love…, Next weekend I…, I’d love… .

Procedure (25 minutes)

  • Explain to students that they are going to play a board game, in which they are supposed to speak about a topic for 30 seconds. To be clearer and easier for students, you can demonstrate the activity by chosing one of the topics on the board game and speak about it for 30 seconds.
  • Divide students into groups of four and give each group a copy of printed board game, counters and a dice. Be sure that each group has a watch to time the speakers.
  • Students start playing the game. They take it in turns to move around the board. When they land on a square, they speak for 30 seconds about that topic, as mentioned at the beginning.
  • As students are talking I go around listening and checking if they are using verb patterns and future forms properly.
  • The first student to get to the END is the winner of the game.

Post activity (10 minutes)

  • At the end, in the last ten minutes, students write a paragraph about one of the topics that they didn’t talk about during the board game play.

Teaching conditionals with illustrations

Teaching conditionals is worth the investment of effort because students while learning conditionals develop their pragmatic abilities in expressing possibility, politeness and regret as well as academic writing ability.

Zero conditional is used to talk about the results of an action or situation that are always true.

First conditional is used to talk about the results of an action or situation that will probably happen now or in the near future.

Second conditional is used to talk about the results of an action or situation that probably won’t happen.

Third conditional is used to talk about events or situations in the past that could have happened but didn’t.

After explaining in details the form and use of conditionals, I spread out the exercise worksheets to the students.