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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!

Image[image: http://doocab.com/shooting-stars.html]

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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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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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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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Englishman in New York

This is a fantastic song that I really like to use in class, especially with pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate students.

It provides a lot of debate material, whether you’re dealing with cultural stereotypes, discrimination, racism, or just a bit of geography of English speaking countries.

You’ll find a pdf file with two pages: the first one is the copy for the student, and the other has the full lyrics for you, just in case.

  • Start the activity with a pre-listening introduction about the artist: try not to lecture them, ask questions instead, just to check if they know the artist or not. If not, provide them with a little information.
  • Listen once for the general meaning of the song. Elicit ideas.
  • Give out copies of the handout, have the students give a look at the photos and describe them.
  • Listen again, this time they’ll have to try and fill in the gaps (lower levels may have to listen twice, but that depends on how much time you have).
  • Finally, check their answers, ask them if they liked the song or not and why, and start the debate.

[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.]

EnglishmanNY

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ON THE PHONE – roleplay

In this downloadable activity, you can find an easy way to practice useful vocabulary that we need when talking on the phone.

It’s a role-playing game, where two students are given a character card, and then have to engage in a conversation, trying to stick to their character, but also reacting to what the other person tells them.

From take-away pizza, to arranging a meeting… the situations are made up, but the fun is real!

phone_roleplays

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DO vs MAKE

In this exercise, students will have to choose whether to use the verb do or the verb make, and also conjugate the verb using the appropriate tense.

  1. My neighbours are always ___________ a lot of noise.
  2. After dinner, my sister usually ___________ the washing up.
  3. Excuse me, could you please ___________ me a favour?
  4. Don’t forget to ___________ your homework before going to bed.
  5. Sheila has ___________ a great effort to pass the exam.
  6. In her free time, Daniel usually ___________ crosswords.
  7.  ___________ your best and try to work harder next time.
  8. After ___________ the bed, Francis had breakfast.
  9. It won’t ___________ you any harm to tidy up your room.
  10. You have just finished ___________ this exercise!

 

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