Pre-intermediate ELT Lesson Plans

The Green Card – A Guest Lesson by Neil McMillan

March 10, 2012 by

Neil McMillan is a TESOL teacher and teacher trainer from  Perth, Scotland. He can often be found in the staffroom surrounded by trainee teachers furiously scribbling in notebooks, faces awestruck, pencils shortening. When he’s not teaching you’ll find him DJ-ing or talking to his cat.… [Read more…]

5 Activities For A Floor plan. Part Two – Terrible Housemates.

January 16, 2012 by

Interviewing housemates. Teens, 14-17. Adults, mixed level. Adjectives of personality The teacher will provide a frame-work in which natural English is drawn from the students. Lesson Aims Question formation Interviews Adjectives of personality Modals for expressing preference Stage One –… [Read more…]

This Is Your Life: student centred, natural English, dogme.

January 3, 2012 by

This is a very easy lesson to prepare, there’s no technology involved and it genuinely makes the students think. It’s good for generating discussion and the natural use of conditionals in conversation in adult GE or business classes. You won’t know where this is going… [Read more…]

Viral Video Predictions

January 2, 2012 by

Here’s a selection of four viral videos – taken directly from Youtube. It’s a simple prediction exercise, leading on to description using the narrative present simple and  fun to try out with pre-intermediate to intermediate teenagers. Each video needs to be paused at some point,… [Read more…]

You’re Beautiful – Literal Music Video Describing Actions, People, Prepositions, Movement and James Blunt.

December 10, 2011 by

This is a fun descriptive video lesson that can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. I’m not sure where I found it, but I’m sure the idea was given to me by one of the teachers in the staffroom. Wherever it came… [Read more…]

Unplugged ESL: Passing disagreeable notes

December 9, 2011 by

Passing disagreeable notes – Pre-intermediate – advanced. A three stage, zero-preparation unplugged lesson. Lesson aims: To practise giving opinions To help speaking fluency Class grammar review Writing opinions Stage One: – Each student must write an opinion on a slip of paper. As a guide, this opinion must be something that can be argued: “Barcelona… [Read more…]

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