Monday, 22 May 2017

Talking About Ocean Conservation

I absolutely love the sea, and I care deeply about conservation, so whenever I get the chance to teach an ESL class about either of these topics, I throw my heart and soul into it. Particularly in China, there is little education about ocean conservation, and so I feel it makes a difference not just in a student's English level, but in raising awareness over a hugely important issue.

I'm going to attach my lesson as a Word document and a PowerPoint presentation. It's all pretty self-explanatory. It also follows a fairly straightforward methodology that you will have seen in my other lessons. I begin with a discussion to raise interest, and then move into a PPT that pre-teaches some blocking vocabulary from the following listening exercise. The listening exercises are different to what I usually do because I wanted my students focused on an overall idea. Thus, I look in detail at the introduction.

It's all based on this TED Talk by Brian Skerry. If you like this lesson, you'll probably get a kick out of my other website, which teaches IELTS skills by using TED Talks.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Teaching Paraphrasing Skills for ESL

Yesterday morning I gave my students a lesson on paraphrasing. Right now they're learning how to do the IELTS Writing Exam and paraphrasing is an important element. So I made this PPT, which allows for plenty of in-class practice. You could probably adapt it to be printed with more success, but my school doesn't allow printing anymore. <angryface>

Monday, 15 May 2017

Race/ Racism/ Racial - Vocabulary Lesson

Here's a PPT I made to teach your students some key vocabulary for talking about race. It can be a tricky topic to tackle, but armed with the right language points, your students will be able to speaking more freely.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Teaching Profanity to ESL Students

To swear or not to swear... that's a difficult question. I've sworn in front of my students, but only quietly to myself after dropping something. I also taught them how to *not* say "shit" when instead they intend to say "sheet."

Should you teach your students bad words? Well, that depends entirely on you, your students, and your employer. It's also a big no-no in many cultures. However, I have put together a lesson on profanity that doesn't actually teach any swear words - it just tells students when they should and shouldn't use them.

I use this PPT and then follow up with various parts of this lesson from Breaking News English, with my own discussion questions thrown in. When using material from that website, I like to do the T/F and comprehension questions, as well as sometimes the vocab material.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Leadership Lesson

I have created a speaking lesson based upon the topic of leadership, and featuring Simon Sinek's TED Talk, "How Great Leaders Inspire Action." It's intended for intermediate learners and above.

The lesson is more or less contained within the following two documents, the latter of which contains necessary blocking vocabulary to be pre-taught: