sábado, 2 de junho de 2012

quarta-feira, 25 de abril de 2012

My best friends!

They're always there for me! Uol Babylon and Free Online Dictionary are two great tools for finding the meaning of words or expressions we don't know. You can check on the first one for words and on the second one for expressions, as well. GREAT!

sábado, 24 de março de 2012

Why not?

Showing interest in an activity is especially important to get students attention and motivation about what they're supposed to do. Now, when I assign a project to my students in class, I do mine myself while they're doing theirs! So they don't only see our interest in the activity but they actually feel it by looking at the teacher working on a project just like they are! A simple attitude but a great result! Have a nice weekend, colleague!

domingo, 11 de março de 2012

Monica's Gang?

Yesterday I had a good surprise when I got at a newstand and found this comic book! Monica in English? Is it possible? Yes! Great for being used in class or even left in the waiting room on a nice table in order to have students curious about this new material in English! ; ) Have a great Sunday, colleague! See you soon!

domingo, 4 de março de 2012

Teaching Clock Times!

I've just found two great ways of practicing "Clock Times" with my students. If you have to teach this subject don't forget to take a look at http://www.teachingtime.co.uk/. I've just printed two of their activities: a simple board game (we all know students simply love them!), and also a very interesting activity called "My TV Guide", in which students are supposed to draw the start and finish times of their favorite programs including the day of the week those are shown on TV! Great!

terça-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2012

A giant "board" game!

Playing a "board" game on the floor is fun! We can practice the subject of the lesson and give students another chance to play in class! Teacher just needs to prepare in advance some questions, for example, and place them as a way which students are supposed to follow. Use a dice and play it just as a board game you play on a table!

segunda-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2012


Wonderful game to play in class!!! This is a really fast card game and it's pretty easy, as well. Two players compete by simply trying to math their cards according to their shape, number or color. The one who loses has to answer a question! Great way of checking your students' comprehension of the lesson you've taught! Have lots of fun, colleague!

domingo, 12 de fevereiro de 2012

My dream vacation!

Last week my teen students were back to their classes and I didn't know which activity I should use with them to start. We usually begin a new semester asking them how their vacations were, what they did or the places they went to, but I wanted to do something a little different! And then I thought: "Why not asking them to prepare a project on that? The topic should be "My dream vacation", so that they could think about what they would really love doing during that time, decorate their work with pictures from old magazines and add sentences to it, such as "My dream vacation would be fishing with my friends...", or "I dream about being in a very nice resort in...", depending on the English level of the students. Wish you a great semester, colleague!

sábado, 28 de janeiro de 2012

Ask me questions!

One thing I've been noticing in my classes is that most students have difficulties in making questions, I mean, more than answering them. They usually find it difficult to organize the structure of those questions, either by forgetting to use the auxiliary verb, or placing it in the wrong place in the sentence. I always try to emphasize questions in my lessons because we often ask students to "answer" and not to "ask". Yesterday I used one my magazines (Speak Up) in order to practice the structure of questions in different verb tenses. So right before class, I picked an interesting article from it, played the CD (yes, we can use Speak Up CDs in class!) and then it was the time for my student to look at the article and prepare five simple questions about it to ask me, and I would do the same. This way, not only we can check on their understanding but also the students themselves are able to see clearly whether they still have doubts on asking questions in English. Next time you teach consider letting your student(s) asking you questions, not only answering them. I wish you a wonderful weekend, colleague!

terça-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2012

They're looking at...

I was teaching "Present Continuos" to one of my students yesterday, and at the end of our class I thought about using this picture I got from an old magazine some time ago. Actually I didn't use it before because I realized it's impossible to see what the couple in the picture is looking at. And this is why that picture was always left aside...but in the last minutes of my lesson I decided to place it on the desk and I asked my student what that girl and that boy in the picture were doing. He told me they were looking at...something. Then I started asking him some further questions and this time he was supposed to use his imagination in order to make predictions and try to guess what they were looking at. Really funny predictions came out! Great exercise!

quinta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2012

A really special homework!

I know this word "homework" can sound kinda "boring" for most of our students but there are many ways of making it lighter for them to have something to do at home. Today I thought about one of Adele's song which is being played a lot on the radio and is the new hit of one of our soap operas. The song is "Someone like you" and I'm pretty sure you know it. Most of our students, too and I think they would be really happy to know what that song is about. As one of my adult students is already back to classes I thought about giving him this homework: we're going to listen to the mentioned song and then I'm going to ask him some questions about it (the topic of the song, the feelings of the woman, etc). As homework, he'll have to write in a form of a composition and end for that sad story and bring it to me the following class. Nice way of assigning a homework and getting a smile back. See you soon, colleague!

terça-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2012

Topics, topics, topics!

An easy and nice way of getting your students speaking again after this long summer vacation is simply choosing some different topics before class, such as: money, music, family, jobs, etc. Before re-starting your lessons just say one of the topics and get your student(s) talking about it for some time. Great as a warm up!