Mind Mapping Conversations

MInd Mapping

The tip of the tongue phenomena is a killer. The words just seem to freeze in the brain and refuse to come out. It is a sudden reminder to us all that speaking is quite a complex process which involves constructing thoughts, grammar, and vocalizations, and fitting it all into the social context of the […]

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Three people walk into a doctor’s office. The first person has a headache. The doctor hands him two aspirin and a glass of water. The second person has a splinter in his hand. The doctor hands him two aspirin and a glass of water. The third has a broken arm and again the doctor hands him […]

Everyone Needs An Imaginary Friend

Everybody Needs An Imaginary Friend

Most beginner level books in English language teaching start with some form of basic introductions and then move on to everyday concrete expressions. This is in line with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels A1 and A2.

Gamifying Grammar Drills

Gamifying Grammar Drills

Perhaps it’s the word ‘drill’ that fuels my dislike of grammar drills,  as it conjures up in my mind visits to the dentist. Often painful, repetitive and while good for us, definitely not fun.  In many regards, this also describes grammar drills in language acquisition. In psychological terms it is using a brute force method […]

Countable Vs Uncountable

I used to struggle with explaining the difference between these for a long time till I realized a very simple truth. Countable things are easy to count and clear to see Uncountable are difficult to count/separate into individual elements. Next time you have class on this try bringing a glass of water and demonstrate how […]

Crazy Recipes

This is one of my favorites. Students are put into pairs or teams in which they brainstorm vocabulary for food, filling out the first page. Students are then told that they are going to use those ingredients to make a menu for a new restaurant. They can use any ingredient more than once, but they […]

Phonetic journey

I missed yesterdays update which has made me more determined to get the other ones done. This exercise is based on minimum pairs (words which only have one sound difference). The teacher put some minimum pairs on the board. the students then can copy them into the spaces to tell them to turn left or right. […]

Email Conversations

There are many ways to use this activity you can give students an email to read and then ask them to supply the replies or the conversations. You can ask the students to fold the page in half write an email inviting someone to a party. The students hand the sheet to the person on […]

Teacher orginisation poster

This one isn’t so much an activity for students as a method of signposting what everyone is supposed to be doing. The idea is you cut out the arrow and use a paper pin to stick it to the clock face so that you can turn it. Whenever the teacher moves to a new activity […]

Like, love, dislike and hate

In this activity students use an info gap exercise to fill out a chart. The teacher should ellicit or give one example of like with the verb plus ING ending before the exercise starts and then monitor to ensure that the students are using full sentences. [gview file=”http://peadarcallaghan.com/teacher/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/likes-and-dislikes-info-gap.pdf”] This is activity 19—only 11 more to go […]