Cut to the Chase

 

Chase Scene

Chase Scene by Alan Levine is licensed under CCBY2.0

 

MAIN ACTIVITIES making predictions, vocabulary to talk about car chases in movies

SUITABLE FOR adults, advanced (C1) and above

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Ice Skating Penguins

David Cook Adelie Penguin

Adelie Penguin by David Cook is licensed under CCBY2.0

MAIN ACTIVITIES talking about learning how to do something new, collocations and pronunciation
SUITABLE FOR teens and adults, upper-intermediate (B2) and above

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Foot Talc – a Christmas lesson plan

Christmas present

Every year we like to produce one or two Christmas posts based on a seasonal advert and our first one for this year stars a famous Hollywood actor trying to solve a classic Christmas problem.

MAIN ACTIVITIES predicting/ listening for specific information/ talking about Christmas / using vocabulary featured in the text

SUITABLE FOR teens and adults, upper-intermediate (B2) and above

Click here for the Teacher’s Notes.

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

 


A five-step lesson plan for (almost) any cooking video

Photos taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @ij64, @SerraRoseli, @ij64 and @purple_steph used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Photos taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @ij64, @SerraRoseli, @ij64 and @purple_steph used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

MAIN AIMS using food and cooking vocabulary, preparing a short presentation

SUITABLE FOR teens and adults, pre-intermediate (A2) and above

Click here for the Teacher’s Notes


Harvey and Harmony

MAIN AIMS  

Lower levels describing a photo, storytelling and writing

Higher levels speculating, pronunciation, report writing

SUITABLE FOR teens and adults, pre-intermediate (A2) and above.

Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes


Monty the Penguin – a Christmas lesson plan

MAIN AIMS Talking about the past and present, storytelling, vocabulary acquisition

SUITABLE FOR Teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above

This lesson plan is inspired by Jamie Keddie’s videotelling idea.

Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes.

 

 

 

Video 1

Video 2

If you want lesson plans based on John Lewis adverts from other years, check these out:

The Hare and the Bear (2013)

The Snowmen (2012)

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (2011)

 


Fruit and Nut Problem Solving

fruit

MAIN AIMS Speaking to describe processes, noticing and looking up vocabulary, improving group dynamics and motivation

SUITABLE FOR Younger learners, teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above

TEACHER’S NOTES (Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes)

1.  Ask your learners to form small groups. They tell each other whether they think they are good at solving problems. They can interpret problems however they want e.g at home, at work, practical, mathematical etc.

2.  Elicit some examples and reasons from people who said yes.

3.  Show them this screenshot and present them with the problem: they have to get the peanut out of the long test tube without using any tools, turning it upside-down or breaking it. Tell them that the test tube is attached to the base and the base is attached to the table. Give them three minutes to come up with suggestions while you circulate and help with vocabulary.

4.  Elicit suggestions from the groups.

5.  Play this video so that they can compare their suggestions with the solution.

6.  Now tell them that they’re going to have a small creativity competition. Display these pictures of fruit and elicit the name of each one.

7.  Divide the class into two halves, A and B, and then subdivide each half into smaller groups of three or four. Group A gets kiwi, mango and watermelon and group B gets pomegranate, orange and strawberry.

8.  Tell them that they have to describe the best way to eat the fruit with minimum waste and maximum ease. They can use tools. Let them use mobiles or dictionaries to look up vocabulary while you circulate helping them to express what they want to say.

9.  Now have all the A groups compare their suggestions with each other on one side of the room while all the B groups do the same on the other side.

10.  Put individual As and Bs together in pairs and ask them to explain the techniques for their three fruits to each other.

11.  Now play this video. Did anyone come up with something similar? Which one surprised them the most?

12. As a follow-up, tell them to eat one of the six types of fruit using the method suggested and either video or photograph the result to show in the following class.

 


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