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Can you teach an old dog new ELT tricks? FREE podcast

FREE Podcast! Can You Teach an Old Dog New ELT Tricks?

Free podcast featuring new ideas for teaching English as a Foreign Language for summer 2017!

Can you teach an old dog new ELT tricks?

Yes, you can in my case! Here are some of the new lesson ideas that I tried out while working at a language school in the UK this summer. Feel free to try them yourselves – they worked really well for me! If you need any further information about the activities, please contact me here or via Twitter @purlandtraining

Free image courtesy of Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/en/jenga-wooden-blocks-game-play-2558356/

Here is the full list of activities mentioned in the podcast:

Causative Verbs in English - Have and Get (FREE Worksheets!)

Free Podcast and Worksheets – Causative Verbs in English – Have and Get

Download our latest English grammar podcast for intermediate and advanced level students – along with the two accompanying FREE pdf worksheets!

Discover causative verbs in English! This is a great podcast lesson for intermediate and advanced level students of English. Download the two useful pdf worksheets that accompany this podcast below:

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Fast Food and the Environment - Discussion Questions

Fast Food and the Environment – Discussion Questions (Part 2)

Discuss these questions with a partner or small group, or write down your answers:

1. Which option do you prefer and why?

a. restaurant food vs. home-cooked food?
b. supermarket vs. farmers’ market?
c. farmers’ market vs. home-grown food?
d. thermos flask vs. plastic drink cup?
e. new fast food place opening in your town vs. new library / school?
f. to do something yourself vs. to have it done for you?
g. to cook for yourself vs. to have food cooked for you

2. What does the phrase carbon neutral mean? What is the cost of recycling? Is it carbon neutral?

3. What is a carbon footprint? Do you know yours? If yes, how did you found out? If not, why not? Do you think it is necessary to know? Why do some businesses have bigger carbon footprints?

4. Which companies consume the most resources in the world? Why do they do it? Do we need them to do so?

5. What is the connection between fast food and deforestation? What is the solution?

6. In the future, will we be able to grow meat in a lab? Will this solve the problem of cutting down trees in order to make farmland for animals that are destined to be eaten as fast food?

7. Why are some people apathetic when it comes to the environment?

8. Are wind turbines effective in generating enough green power – or are they rather a blot on the landscape?

9. What effect does fast food have on… a) our societies, b) our town centres, c) our waistlines, d) our health, e) our wallets, f) the weather?

10. Is fast food harmful? Why is it legal to buy products that are bad for you? Should it be illegal to sell harmful products? Why do fast food companies target children in particular?

11. Does fast food need to be the same (uniform) all over the world? Is it?

12. What’s the point of eating a healthy meal / salad at a fast food chain? Do you do that? Why?

13. Does fast food tell us anything about the decline in Western culture in the 21st century? What?

14. What would happen if half of the fast food restaurants in the world closed down voluntarily?

15. Agree or disagree? ‘Why should I separate my rubbish at a fast food restaurant? I don’t want to feel like a member of staff. That’s their job! They should do it. I paid for my food.’

16. Why do people leave their used fast food wrappers in places of natural beauty, e.g. forests?

17. What are the dangers of consuming too much… a) salt, b) sugar, c) fat, d) meat, e) caffeine?

18. Agree or disagree? ‘You should never take more than you give.’ – Tim Rice, ‘Circle of Life’.

19. Agree or disagree? ‘When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realise that one cannot eat money.’ – Native American saying.

100 Adjective + Preposition Collocations (Ordered by Preposition)

100 Adjective + Preposition Collocations – 4 Free Worksheets and Podcast

Listen to the podcast and download the four brand new free printable adjective and preposition worksheets:

100 Adjective + Preposition Collocations (Ordered by Preposition):

100 Adjective + Preposition Collocations (A-Z List):

100 Adjective + Preposition Collocations (A-Z List – Gap-Fill):

100 Adjective + Preposition Collocations – Patterns:

Slither.io

FREE Podcast! Episode 24 – Using Mobile Games to Practise Present Continuous Tense

It’s really fun using mobile games to teach grammar! 🙂

Download the games for free here:

Slither.io –
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.hypah.io.slither&hl=en
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slither-io/id1091944550?mt=8

High Risers –
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kumobius.android.highrisers&hl=en
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/high-risers/id1158640510?mt=8

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Thank you!

Big Grammar Book 2

FREE Podcast! Complete the Sentences (Listening Practice)

Let’s practise our listening skills with this fun activity – Complete the Sentences – which is adapted from the free Big Grammar Book 2. Download it for free now from: http://purlandtraining.com/free-books/free-big-grammar-book-2-by-matt-purland/

FREE Podcast! Advice for New Teachers of English

In this episode I was lucky enough to chat with the wonderful Daria Storozhilova from http://stordar.com.

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I asked her what advice she would give to new teachers of English. Below are some of the tips that we discussed in this special podcast.

Advice for new teachers of English:

– Listen to advice from more experienced teachers. Don’t assume you know it all after a CELTA or Cert. TESOL course!

– Collaborate with your colleagues; learn from them; observe them; team teach. Don’t be an island!

– Use a wide range of materials – and no materials!

– Don’t just present the course book – this leads to a downward spiral.

– Brush up on your grammar; learn something before you teach it.

– Take students on trips to build relationships and your confidence; go the extra mile.

– Enjoy what you do. If you don’t enjoy teaching day-in day-out, you should consider another profession.

– Check the wage – what will it get you? What accommodation? What will be your costs. Be aware that language school teachers may want what is best for them, not for you!

– We don’t become teachers to become rich and famous! Or for the holidays! It’s a labour of love.

– Get further qualifications. CPD – continuous professional development will keep your teaching fresh.

– Go to training courses and conferences; get connected – use Twitter and social networks; get up to speed; keep reading and learning; learn by doing, e.g. by creating your own material.

– Teaching is about building relationships with people, not just imparting knowledge.

Daria Storozhilova is an English teacher who specialises in communication and student confidence. She currently teaches online and develops online courses. You can find our more about her courses here: https://stordar.teachable.com/ Don’t forget to follow Daria on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/stordarlearn

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