Monday, December 11, 2017

Such, such a/an, so Scrambled Sentences

(TESOL Worksheets--adjectives, adverbs, nouns)
Google: drive, docs, pub
[There are numerous ways this could be used.  Students could arrange the sentences in groups.  Or you could do it as a whole class "find your partner" activity (in which the students have to find 2 partners instead of 1 to make a group of 3).
In my class I did this as a "Falling Leaves" game.  I used colored paper, and had 5 teams--white, pink. blue, green, yellow.  I cut up the cards, put them all together, and then threw them into the air.  As the cards floated down, the students grabbed the cards for their color.  Then, once they had collected all the cards for their color group, in their groups they assembled the sentences.
In my classes, I used this for English World 5 unit 6, Grammar in Conversation.]


He is
such a
good teacher
They are
such
smart students
The dog is
so
fat
The movie is
so
interesting
They are
such
beautiful trees
It is
such a
lovely painting


From the Phnom Penh Post:
Big trouble in little China? Exploring Chinese investment in Sihanoukville

It's been a couple years since I last visited Sihanoukville, but it used to be a popular vacation spot when I lived in Phnom Penh

On one trip we stayed at a small Bungalow right on the beach, owned by a family from Northern England.
In the course of chatting one day, the father told us how Sihanoukville was in the process of changing.  10 years ago, it used to be all little bungalow's and huts and hammocks that catered to Western packbackers.  Now Sihanoukville was developing into big hotels on the beach to cater to the Chinese and Koreans and Japanese.

He said that the Chinese, Koreans and Japanese preferred the big nice hotels as opposed to the small huts by the beach that Westerners like.  (Although thinking about  it now, it may be less a cultural thing, and more a generational thing.  Backpackers are all in their 20s.  The tourists now being attracted from other Asian countries are usually older).

Anyways, point being, he told us the beach was in the process of being transformed.  Small little bungalows like his were being forced out, new big hotels were being brought in to occupy all the beach land.

The last time I was in Sihanoukville, I could see from all the construction that this change was indeed taking place.
StartedTechniques and Principles in Language Teaching by Diane Larsen-Freeman [Second Edition]--I've actually read this book before (review here), but I'm re-reading it for book club.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Finished: Thank You, Jeeves by P.J. Wodehouse--Review Coming Soon (Hopefully)

English World 6 Unit 2 Reading p.30-32

(Supplementary Materials for Specific Textbooks--English World 6)


Google Drive Folder HERE
Scrambled Reading: drive, docs, pub
Reading Vocabulary PowerPoint: drive, slides, pub
Vocabulary matching (find your partner): drive, docs, pub
True or False Questions: drive, docs, pub
True or False PowerPoint: drive, slides, pub
Crossword Puzzle: drive
Crossword puzzle answers: drive
Crossword puzzle questions (cut up and post around the room): drive, docs, pub
Crossword Puzzle answers PowerPoint: drive, slides, pub
Alternative Crossword Puzzle: drive

Saturday, December 09, 2017

English World 6 Unit 1 Class Composition p.28

(Supplementary Materials for Specific Textbooks--English World 6)


Google Drive Folder HERE
Sample Writing: drive, docs, pub



Sample Writing

Fill in the missing words:
boots, falling, freezing, guide, horse, loud, near, riding, warm, wet


Friday 25th June
Today we went to a lake.  Ari was our ____________ again.  We went on horseback and I rode my ____________, Gunnar.  I enjoyed ____________  to the lake.  There was a huge glacier at the end of it.  Enormous pieces of ice were floating ____________  the glacier.  I put my hand in the water but I quickly took it out again.  It was ____________!  There were some birds swimming on the lake.  Their feathers keep them ____________.

Saturday 26th June
We went to an amazing waterfall.  We went by bus.  When we got there we were astonished.  The water was ____________  straight down the mountain.  It looked like a wall of water.  It was really exciting.  The sound it made was so ____________  that we couldn’t hear each other.  The water splashed onto us and we soon got very ____________ but we were wearing waterproof clothes and ____________.
Answers:

Friday 25th June
Today we went to a lake.  Ari was our guide again.  We went on horseback and I rode my horse, Gunnar.  I enjoyed riding to the lake.  There was a huge glacier at the end of it.  Enormous pieces of ice were floating near the glacier.  I put my hand in the water but I quickly took it out again.  It was freezing!  There were some birds swimming on the lake.  Their feathers keep them warm.

Saturday 26th June
We went to an amazing waterfall.  We went by bus.  When we got there we were astonished.  The water was falling straight down the mountain.  It looked like a wall of water.  It was really exciting.  The sound it made was so loud that we couldn’t hear each other.  The water splashed onto us and we soon got very wet but we were wearing waterproof clothes and boots.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Hurricane: Relative Clauses

(TESOL Worksheets--Relative Clauses)
Google: docs, pub
[I've previously posted the Hurricane Game as one of my time-killer activities.  But it can also be adapted to review specific grammar points.  Here is an example of Hurricane being used to review relative clauses.]

Teacher’s Key (The students cannot see this.  The students only see a blank grid drawn on the whiteboard).

A
B
C
D
E
1
ARROW
Change points with another team
A doctor is a person.  A doctor helps sick people.

(Answer: A doctor is a person who helps sick people)
A giraffe is an animal.  A giraffe has a long neck.

(Answer: A giraffe is an animal which has a long neck.)
+200
A supermarket is a place. You can buy food there.

(Answer: A supermarket is a place where you can by food).
2
A school is a place. You learn there.

(Answer: A school is a place where you learn)
+200
The woman lives next door.  The woman is a doctor.

(Answer: The woman who lives next door is a doctor).
You found the keys.  I lost the keys.

(Answer: You found the keys that I lost).
A coward is a person.  A coward is not brave.

(Answer: A coward is a person who is not brave).
3
A customer is a person. A customer buys things from a shop.

(Answer: A customer is someone who buys things from a shop.)
New York is a city. You can do anything there.

(Answer: New York is a city where you can do anything.)
ARROW
Change points with another team
I’ve never spoken to the woman.  The woman lives next door.

(Answer: I’ve never spoken to the woman who lives next door).
ROCKET
Steal all the points from another team.
4
We know a lot of people.  They live in America.

(Answer: We know a lot of people who live in America)
HURRICANE
Lose all your points
ARROW
Change points with another team
Barbara works for a company.  The company makes furniture.

(Answer: Barbara works for a company that makes furniture.)
A mystery is something.  A mystery can’t be explained.

(Answer: A mystery is something that can’t be explained).
5
Dan said some things about me.  The things were not true.

(Answer: Dan said some things about me that were not true.
The driver caused the accident.  The driver was fined $500.

(Answer: The driver who caused the accident was fined $500.)
A dictionary is a book.  A dictionary gives you the meaning of words.

(Answer: A dictionary is a book which gives you the meaning of words.)
+200
The police have caught the men.  The men stole my car.

(Answer: The police have caught the men who stole my car.)

Teacher: Okay, team 1, your turn.  
Um… B3.
Teacher: Okay, how many points do you want to bet.  You have 100 points now, so you can bet up to 100.
50 points.
Teacher: Okay, New York is a city. You can do anything there.
New York is a city where you can do anything.
Teacher: That’s right.  You get 50 points.  You’re at 150 points now.  Team 2, your turn.  
A1
Teacher: Good news.  You hit plus 200.  So you get an extra 200 points, and you’re at 300 points now.  Team 3?
E5
Teacher: And how many points do you want to bet?
75
Teacher: Okay.  The police have caught the men.  The men stole my car.
The police have caught the men where stole my car.
Teacher: Sorry.  You lose 75 points.  That brings you down to 25.  Team 4, you can steal the 75 points.  Same question.  The police have caught the men.  The men stole my car.
The police have caught the men who stole my car.
Teacher: Excellent.  That’s 75 points to you.  And, you get your turn now.  Which box do you choose?

Finished: Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition by Stephen D Krashen--Review coming soon (hopefully)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

This Is The House That Jack Built Nursery Rhyme | Nursery Rhyme With Lyrics | English Nursery Rhymes



In my classes, I used this video as an introduction to relative clauses.  First, the students watched the video.  Then, I put on the board two sentences: "This is the house. Jack built the house" and the students had to combine the sentences into "This is the house that jack built".
We also did "This is the cat" "The cat killed the rat", "This is the cat that killed the rat".  This way we had one relative clause with "that" as the subject, and one relative clause with "that" as an object.
TESOL Ideas--Relative Clauses--English World 5

Frankenstein: Radical Alienation - Extra Sci Fi - #6



The last Extra Credits video on Frankenstein.  I've - been digging these as an interesting supplement to our book club discussion.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

English World 2 Review Units 9-12

 (Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)




Google drive folder HERE
Quizlet: drive, docs, pub



Review for End of Term Test
https://quizlet.com/_1tx0jg


Review for End of Term Test
https://quizlet.com/_1tx0jg


Review for End of Term Test

https://quizlet.com/_1tx0jg

Monday, December 04, 2017

Relative Clauses Scrambled Sentences 2

(TESOL Worksheets--Relative Clauses)
Google: drive, docs, pub
[I already have one worksheet for relative clause scrambled sentences, but I wanted to create a new one for relative clauses inside the main sentence. 
There are numerous ways this could be used.  Students could arrange the sentences in groups.  Or you could do it as a whole class "find your partner" activity (in which the students have to find 2 partners instead of 1 to make a group of 3).
In my class I did this as a "Falling Leaves" game.  I used colored paper, and had 5 teams--white, pink. blue, green, yellow.  I cut up the cards, put them all together, and then threw them into the air.  As the cards floated down, the students grabbed the cards for their color.  Then, once they had collected all the cards for their color group, in their groups they assembled the sentences.
In my classes, I used this for English World 5 unit 6.]


The dog
which bit me
had sharp teeth
The girl
who I love
has long hair
The school
where I study
has many teachers
The pizza
that I ate
was very delicious
The man
who teaches me
is very fat
The shirt
that I am wearing
is purple


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Interesting Random Facts--Herostratus
Herostratus burned down the Temple of Artemis in the 4th Century B.C.  He did it because he didn't want to be forgotten when he died.
It was such a stupid reason to burn down a temple....but the irony is that it worked.  We still remember Herostratus's name today (unlike 99.99% of the people in 4th Century B.C.).  So he wins, I guess.
Today, his name has become a metonym for someone who commits a criminal act in order to become noted.
(Via Wikipedia)

English World 2 Project 4 p.127

 (Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)




Google drive folder HERE
Worksheet: drive, docs, pub

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Grass Skirts

(TESOL Worksheets--Any Grammar PointQuestions, Question Tags)
Google: docspub

[I'm in the process of updating my workshop for Activities that Can Be Used for Any Grammar Point.  So I thought I'd include "Grass Skirts" despite the fact that I personally have rarely used it.  But it's a very popular activity at my school, so in the interest of being thorough, I wanted to include it in the workshop.  I asked a colleague to share an example with me, and he did.  The example being shown here is not my work, but comes from my colleague.  I think it is meant to practice the present continuous, although it could easily be adapted to several other verb tenses.]

Grass Skirts (Materials: One worksheet per team--cut into strips) (Preparation: create worksheet with various sentences on it.  Cut it into loosely connected strips--20 minutes)
Several sentences are put on a piece of paper.  The paper is cut cut into strips.  The teacher doesn’t actually cut the strips all the way, but each strip is loosely connected to the top of the paper.  (The paper is connected at the top, with strips loosely hanging down--just like a Hawaiian grass skirt.)
Each team has a grass skirt posted at the front of the room.  (If possible, use different colored paper for each team.)  One person from each team runs up and grabs a strip from their grass skirt (tearing it off at the top).  They take it back to their team, where they complete the exercise.  (There is some sort of controlled practice exercise on each strip--e.g. fill in the blank, unscramble the sentence, etc).  After the team completes the exercise, they show it to the teacher.  If it is correct, then they can go and rip off the next strip from their grass skirt.

The first team to finish their grass skirt is the winner.

Cut the paper along the line, but not all the way (leave a little bit connected at the side).  Each team gets a different sheet.  The sheet is posted at the front of the room.  One person from each team runs up, tears off a strip, runs back to their group, and the team completes the sentence.  The teacher checks, and if the sentence is correct, then the team can run to the front and tear off the next sentence.
So your cousins came to the party after all, _____________ they?


He’d rather eat than sleep, he __________.


I am correct, _________ I not?


He really enjoys his sweets, Peter __________.


Everybody’s had some cake _____________ they?


Those boys need to cut down on junk food, they _______________.