Easter Eggs

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 00.26.06 In our second slightly egg-themed post this month, we take a look at some traditional foods that are eaten at Easter. First, we focus on collocation and explore words that can combine with chocolate, Easter and lamb. We then move on to watch a couple of videos stuffed with a mouth-watering mixture of Easter edibles. To finish off, students put all the vocabulary into practice before going off to do some food photography at home.

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How to Boil an Egg

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As egg lovers, we were delighted to read recently that eggs have been taken off the nutritional blacklist. So we’ve come up with this egg-themed lesson to pay tribute to one of the most nourishing foods you can eat. We begin by looking at vocabulary related to describing and preparing eggs. We then go back to cooking basics and watch Britain’s bestselling cookery writer, Delia Smith, making soft and hard-boiled eggs. Throughout the lesson, there are lots of opportunities for students to talk about their experiences of eggs, or should we say eggsperiences?

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A Paper Swan

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Sticking to the theme of paper, while at the same time using the fantastic website at Videojug, this latest lesson is a chance for the origami enthusiasts to show off.  There will be planes and swans and a close look at the language of instruction, both written and oral.

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A Piece of Paper

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The first post of March is taken from The Guardian’s monthly review “Ad Break” – a brilliant video resource for classes. In this ad from Russia, a simple piece of paper can be a powerful force for good or bad. If you can speak the local language, you’re at a slight advantage here but the possibilities for interpretation for the rest of us made for imaginative suggestions in our classes.

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Multiple Choice – an Urban Legend

What do you do if oversleep and miss the start of an exam? If you’re anything like the three hapless characters in this short film, you come up with an excuse and hope your teacher falls for it. Based on a short film, which in turn is inspired by an urban legend that many of you will have heard, this lesson starts off with discussion about the topic of exams. Students then watch the film, which should provide them with lots of opportunities to increase their range of vocabulary, both exam and non-exam related.

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Choice

Like last week, we’ve chosen another beautifully crafted video with spectacular images. Filmed by the production company Gnarly BayChoice is a visual poem which documents the filmmaker’s thoughts and emotions on a four-week holiday travelling around South Africa and Mozambique.

In class, students look at some collocations with the word choice, put them into practice in a speaking activity, and then work with the visuals before seeing the poem. Finally, we pull all the strands together when we watch the whole video and find out how the film got its name.

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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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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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You can see more by Bloody Cuts here.


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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