Wishlist: food for thoughts

As promised, here are some ideas you can use to encourage conversation after the listening activity based on a wonderful song by Pearl Jam that I posted a couple of days ago (which you can find here).

  • Make a wish! When do you make a wish in your country? Give examples (fluffy dandelions, candles on a birthday cake, shooting stars, etc.)
  • Have you ever made a wish upon a star? Has it come true (yet)?
  • What do you wish you could do better?
  • Is there anything you would change about your body?
  • Is there anything you would change about your personality?
  • Are you happy? Do you wish you were happier? What would make you happier?

If you have other ideas, please leave a comment and share them with us!

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Wishlist

Beautiful song! A masterpiece of grunge-rock music performed by Pearl Jam that will allow you to practice the structure “WISH + Simple Past“.

WISHLIST_SONG

In the pdf file you’ll find a fill-in-the-blanks activity, as well as teacher’s notes providing:

  • info about the band
  • grammar reference
  • guidelines for speaking activity
  • key to exercise

I suggest trying this speaking + listening activity with intermediate or upper-intermediate students.

Wishlist on youtube

In the next post we’ll look into the great food for thought this song has to offer.

[Note: please remember that we do not own the songs, respect the work of the artists who composed and performed the songs, rights are reserved.]

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Guess who’s back…

First of all, I’m sorry for not being here, for not posting for a year, for letting you down! I was working days and nights, had two jobs and did a couple of online courses, one of them on Positive Psychology (I am going to tell you more about that in the near future) and other super interesting stuff. I literally had no time to do anything else… and now I’m back!

I quit one of the two schools where I was teaching, and now I’ll have more time to dedicate to you, fellow teachers! Hope you’re still out there searching for nice and ready-made activities for your ESL/EFL classes.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME!

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SYNONYMS & ANTONYMS

A nice way to improve or strengthen your vocabulary knowledge: practising synonyms and antonyms.

Match the following words, specify whether they are synonyms or opposites, then practise them making a sentence with each word.

  1. brief
  2. type
  3. glance
  4. wealthy
  5. short
  6. furious
  7. plain
  8. delay
  9. simple
  10. broke
  11. quicken
  12. sort
  13. sure
  14. look
  15. stuffy
  16. airy
  17. query
  18. frantic
  19. confident
  20. doubt

Example: brief is a synonym of short.

  • I’m sorry, we are running out of time, your statement will have to be brief.
  • I would like to tell you a short anecdote.

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MIGHT

You might have to teach your students how to express probability: here is an exercise you might find useful.

You might like it… or you might not, so please let me know and leave your comment. See you soon!

 

Complete the sentences with might or might not and a suitable verb.

  1. Charles isn’t here today. He __________ ill.
  2. It ___________ much, but at least it’s something.
  3. If I were you, I wouldn’t buy that laptop: you __________ a cheaper one on the internet.
  4. I rang her up, but she didn’t answer. She ___________ at home.
  5. Take the umbrella, it ___________ .
  6. I’m coming down with flu, I ___________ to the party tonight.
  7. If Sean doesn’t study hard, he ___________ the exam.
  8. The traffic is very bad, they __________ late for work.
  9. The line you quoted ________ or ______________ in this book, honestly I don’t know.
  10. Your eyes are red, you have a temperature and your nose is congested: you _____________ flu.

 

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HAVE YOU EVER…? – part 1

It might be quite hard for some students to fully understand how to use the present perfect well.

This is why, instead of a long list of examples and a 30-minute lecture on “How to Use the Present Perfect Simple and Continuous”, you might want to try this: teaching them one function at a time in a particular context. It can turn out to be very effective… and not so boring!

Today we will focus on questions with have you ever + past participle to ask people if they have done something in their lives.

Make questions using the prompts given:

  1. have/Japanese food?
    Have you ever had Japanese food?
  2. argue/with your best friend?
  3. smoke/a cigarette?
  4. eat/raw meat?
  5. lose/your passport?
  6. meet/a celebrity?
  7. drink/whiskey?
  8. drive/a car?
  9. play/tennis?
  10. ride/a horse?
  11. get/a tattoo?
  12. cheat/on an exam?
  13. climb/a mountain?
  14. win/a competition?
  15. see/a whale?
  16. write/a poem?

Then have the students ask and answer questions, either in pairs (A asks B, B asks A) or in “chain” (A asks B, who in turn asks C, who in turn asks D, etc.).

Next time we’ll deal with have you ever and the verb go. Bye!


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PASSIVE

It was Columbus Day in the US on Monday, and here in Spain, where I live, it’s Día de la Hispanidad today. This has given me a little bit of inspiration for an activity on the passive form, but with a pinch of history.

So here you’ll find a pdf file with a grammar exercise, you can download it for free, so don’t hesitate and use it in class!

passive columbus

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