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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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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.]

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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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