Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Giving directions - part 2

Last week I wrote a post about asking for and giving directions. While I was preparing a lesson for my 6th-graders, I realized that I can use familiar road signs to teach them some useful expressions. Of course, I used Polish road signs. I added two green signs, which are not road signs.
I had to get to all types of learners, so I combined looking at the signs, listening to the phrases being spoken by the teacher and acting out the phrases.

Here's a simple crossword:

And if you need the signs for your lesson, you can download and print these:

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Visual grammar

I teach mostly young learners. My students need a lot of visual aids while learning English. I usually explain different grammar structures using simple and familiar concepts, such as building blocks or toy trains. It works even with my 5th- or 6th-graders.

Here's a very simplified model of sentence structures with the past simple forms of the verb "to be".

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Ba Ba Dum

I have to admit that Poles are very creative. Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy created a collection of five free browser games to practise 1500 words in 9 different languages. The collection is called Ba Ba Dum and you will find it here:

If you sing in, you can keep statistics. The games are available on computers, phones and tablets.
It's the best vocabulary game I've played so far, as it's very engaging. Why is it better than any others? The website is multilingual. You can practise words in 9 languages (including Russian and Japanese). But what is more important, you can listen to the pronunciation of the words (very good quality of sound).
The games are designed professionally. Mizielińscy drew all the pictures and they even created a special typeface: Mr Dum Dum. Here you can read more about the project:

Friday, 14 February 2014

All you need is love

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Can you tell me the way to... ?

It's good to know how to ask for and give directions. I've prepared three printable pictures with helpful expressions. When you are asking for the way, you can say, e.g. "How can I get to...?" or "Can you tell me the way to... ?" Please, remember to be polite :) To get somebody's attention, you can use the phrase: "Excuse me."

Now it's time to practice. Here's a listening game I've found on by Todd Beuckens:

Instructions are simple. Just listen to Todd giving directions to three different places. Each time the audio stops, choose the correct place. If you need to read the directions as well, click "Text" at the top of the page.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Inviting people

Maybe you want to ask somebody out. Or you just want to go to a football match with a friend. How to ask people to come with you to different places, e.g. a cinema or a restaurant? How to agree to such invitations or refuse politely? 
Here's a short handout.