Frozen Planet

This activity is based on Frozen Planet, the BBC/Discovery series which charts life at the furthest reaches of the globe. It’s so full of jaw-dropping visuals you’ll be hard pressed to pick out just one clip. We ended up choosing a world first – this is apparently the first ever complete filming of killer whales “wave washing” a seal.
The activities for this clip are a collaborative memory task before and while viewing. After viewing, pronunciation practice with the script to work on chunking, rhythm and stress. If you can get hold of the DVD, students can try to sound like David Attenborough, and if you’re using the American version on YouTube, Alec Baldwin is the model to copy.

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The Bear and the Hare – a Christmas lesson plan

Take an occasionally controversial singer out of a short, self-imposed retirement, give her a Keane song to cover, add a bear, a hare and a beautifully crafted Christmas cartoon, mix with some activities focussing on listening, speaking and vocabulary development, and you have our Christmas lesson plan for this year.

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Tea on TV

For our final tea-themed post this month, we’re looking to exploit the artistic and creative talents of our students. They’ll be storyboarding an ad using some of the the same elements that appear in this actual commercial from Japan, which they don’t get to see until the end. Hopefully, it’ll be as surprising as it is funny…

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The Tea Song

For our second tea-themed post this month, we have another break-up, but this time all is well as there’s a cuppa at hand for the spurned lover. It’s a catchy song from a very funny ad that was filmed in just one take. Watch out for the zombie ending…

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Tea Leaves

Our drink of choice at allatc is definitely tea  - and not just because it rhymes with the name of the blog! So we’ve decided to dedicate our posts this month to the king of hot drinks, starting with this classic ad. Feel free to do them all as a thematically-linked set, or to dip in and out as the mood takes you. But always with a drop of milk and a biscuit…

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Suckablood

On dark stormy nights, the Suckablood comes……….Just in time for Halloween, this lesson is based on a wonderfully atmospheric Gothic fairy tale about a girl whose habit of sucking her thumb angers her stepmother so much that she summons a monster to come for her. In class, our students’ challenge is to copy the creepy narrator’s telling of the tale as a poem.

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Hong Kong Honey

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In this lesson students watch a beautifully-filmed video about Hong Kong’s first urban beekeeper. The accompanying activities include a CAE-style multiple choice cloze, work on pronunciation, and discussion about food provenance. Click here for the Teacher’s Notes.

You can find out more about Hong Kong Honey here.


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