{July 31, 2009}   FYI

The next 72 hours will be dreadful for me.

Not only winter holidays are ending; I also have to prepare my lesson plans, preparing materials, check modules and tests students handed in before holidays…

I wish I were an organized person 😦

{July 29, 2009}   Nice images

When working with kids, I love to prepare nice colourful material. I’ve came across all these abcs, which I found lovely to prepare dominoes and memory games.
Hope you also enjoy them!

{July 29, 2009}  

I don’t know why, but I’m preparing my classes for next week and I can’t stop looking at my kitty – she is sleeping next to me, and from time to time… she snores!

{July 27, 2009}   Heal the World

A very nice song by Michael Jackson, Heal the World, and different activities to foster students’ creativity*:
– write a biography
– write an essay on facial surgery
– discuss the pros and cons of being famous
– make a poster showing the meaning of the song
– draw a picture depicting what “Heal the World” means to you

Then, you can widen your topic and add some vocabulary on space and ecology! Students round the age of 12 love working on this topics!

Can you think of any other creative activity?

*I must admit I’m kind of tired of fill in the gaps activities, not only they are repetitive and not original, but also students know the songs we choose most of times – or they can easily predict the missing words. Creative activities do not only allow students to focus on a topic but they also help students develop their creative thinking abilities.

{July 27, 2009}   Why…

is it that Winter Holidays are almost over?

{July 6, 2009}   Teens and English

Now that I started talking about my private students, one of the things that surprises me most is the progress made by teen students when activities fit their interests.

I have 2 teen students, coming to private classes twice a week. Each of them has particular interests and hobbies, and their interest in learning English is different, too. One of them is finishing her high school studies, the other one, started university this year. Their 2 years’ difference make them really different students.

The first one, loves working orally, specially on topics she chooses (fashion, make up, nightlife, etc). She finds really difficult to concentrate on written activities and she gets distracted every 5 minutes. The second one is the exact opposite. She loves written activities and does them with no effort, but finds really difficult to produce oral pieces of discourse.

They both like working on their computers, so I selected a few links they – and you too –  may find useful:


HowJSay -> a very useful tool when you don’t know how to pronounce a certain word.

The Visual Dictionary -> a picture dictionary for everyone!

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

One Look Reverse Dictionary -> provide the definition… it will give you the word!


English Club

English the Easy Way

OM Grammar


{July 6, 2009}   Social Issues at School

How do you deal with social aspects of life with your kids? I started thinking of working with something about “Swine Flu” with my teen students.

We had worked with illnesses in general some weeks ago, and they were pretty anxious when I presented the topic of our last class (classes have been suspended here due to Swine Flu)

I’ve provided transcripts of  a podcast on Swine Flu and students scanned the text for familiar words related to health and medicine. Then, we brainstormed words on the topic, and I taught some new vocabulary items.

Students then created a big poster to share their knowledge on the topic with the rest of the school.

Where I got material on the topic:

Challenges 3 – Module 3: Health. Longman

Lesson Planet



Swine Flu

et cetera