Monday, 29 September 2014

What should you do in a lightning storm?

You are going to 
  • listen to a short radio interview about lightning
  • look at vocabulary connected with storms, thunder and lightning and extreme weather
  • do a comprehension exercise

1) Discuss
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  • What kinds of extreme weather do you have in your country?
  • What are the most dangerous kinds of weather?
  • What is lightning?
  • Are you afraid of it?
  • Have you ever been struck by lightning?
  • Do you know anyone who has been struck by lightning?
  • What should you do in a lightning storm?
  • Should you swim in the sea?
  • Are you safe in a car?
  • What are "wellies" and is it OK to wear them in a thunderstorm?
  • What happens when lightning strikes a plane?
  • Can lightning strike twice in the same place?
  • What's a myth? Can you think of any examples?

Suggested examples of extreme / dangerous weather (students may have more).
Highlight below
tornado  hurricane  blizzard  thunderstorm  flood  hurricane  drought  lightning  ice  fog  heatwave  gales / high winds monsoon

2) Listen
Listen to lightning engineer Rhys Phillips on BBC Radio 4's PM program talking about lightning. 
How many of the questions above do you hear the answers to?

Listen again.
A) Do the vocabulary match and listen again.
Then do the comprehension exercise below.

B) Now fill in the gaps in the summary.

Download exercises here

3) Discuss
  • What other dangerous kinds of weather are there? Think of some examples. 
  • What should you do to avoid being hurt?

4) Write
Turn the information about lightning into an advice leaflet.
Make an advice or information leaflet about weather in your country.

5) Check Vocabulary
Can you explain the meaning of these words?

Weather forecast Elementary, Intermediate, Listening, Upper Intermediate, Weather 

The Truth About British Rain - The Great British W...Advanced, Describing a cycle, IELTS, Life in the UK, Listening, Upper Intermediate, Weather, Writing

Suggestions and Advice (Why don't you...? / Have you tried?) Advice, Intermediate, Modal Verbs, Suggestions

Giving Advice - should / ought to / had better / must / have to / can't. Advice, Intermediate, Modal Verbs, Pre-Intermediate 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Alphabet Quiz Game (ppt download)

You are going to
  • play a game 
  • practise pronouncing the letters of the alphabet
  • test simple vocabulary

This ppt game contains moving gifs, sound files and links to pages within the ppt so it should be downloaded as a ppt (see link below).
It is aimed at beginners and young learners and practises alphabet pronunciation and simple vocabulary.
  1. You can play as a group or with 2 teams (there are 2 team pages - "A" and "B" with links). You can either throw a dice and move from A - Z cross the square (Snakes and Ladders) or choose a letter in the left hand column and move to the right (Word Square). Choose what's best for you class.
  2. Choose a letter. Click on the sound symbol to hear the letter. You must pronounce it correctly. You get 1 point.
  3. Click on the letter to go to the page. Say what you see. Click the page again to see the answer. You get 1 point.
  4. Click on the arrow to go back to the team alphabet page and choose another letter.
  5. Who gets the most correct answers?

Download the game as a ppt file here
Feel free to adapt it.

Jump and Slide (Quiz Game - Beginners / Elem) Beginners, Elementary, Games, Jump and Slide, Present Continuous, Present Simple, Young Learners 

What's the time? (game) / The Pink Panther - "In The Pink Of The Night" Beginners, Games, Kids, Pink Panther, Present Continuous, Telling the time, Young Learners

What's this? (game) Beginners, Games, Kids, Young Learners

Sunday, 20 July 2014

"Been there. Done that" - Present Perfect / Past Simple Contrast + Game

You are going to
  • practise the present perfect to talk about things you have done in your life
  • use the past simple to give extra details about when / where / why you did it
  • play a game to practise the present perfect / past simple

1) Discuss
A) How do we make the present perfect?
Answer - highlight below
The present perfect  = Have / Has  (‘ve / ‘s ) + Participle

B) Look at these verbs.
What are the participles?

Answers - highlight below
been  broken  caught  dressed  eaten  failed  found  flown  lost  met  played  ridden  sailed  seen  sung  skied  slept  swum  visited  won 

C) Present Perfect and Past Simple. What's the difference?
  1. Which tense do we use to talk about something we have done in our lives (but when is not important)?
  2. Which tense do we use to give extra information about the action (when / where / why...)?
Answers. Highlight below
Present Perfect - I have run in a marathon.
Past Simple - I ran in the marathon last year.

2) Speak
A) Look at the presentation and make and answer the questions in the present perfect.
You can answer the follow-up questions in the past simple

B) Now do the matching exercise

4) Speak / Play a game
What have you done?
  1. Think of some things you have done in your life.
  2. Write 8 sentences in the present perfect about things you have done. Can you think of anything that (in your class) ONLY YOU have done.
For example;
I've been to New York.
I've swum 400m
I've run in a marathon

Play the  "I'm the only one" game. 
  1. Everyone says a sentence in the present perfect. You win a point if you have done something that no one else in the class has done.
  2. Win another point if you say when or where you did it in the past simple.
The person or pair with the most points is the winner.

Past Continuous / Past Simple (Revison Quiz) Elementary, gifs, Intermediate, Past Continuous, Past Simple, Pre-Intermediate, Quizzes  

Present Perfect Simple Intermediate, Present Perfect Simple

Mystery Person Game Elementary Games, Kids, Past Simple, Speaking, Young Learners
Rolling Question Game Elementary, Games, Pre-Intermediate, Kids, Speaking, Young Learners

Rolling Word Game Elementary, Games, Intermediate, Kids, Speaking, Young Learners