Describing photos in English – with a funny difference!
Join me as we discover how to describe photos – which is a useful exam skill for English language students!
To get all the tips visit the British Council Learn English Teens site here:
We’ll use the funny collection of photos of people doing (small) rebellious acts from the BoredPanda website here:
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Free LIVE English Class on YouTube – Helpful Notices
Join us live as we talk about the topic of Englishness and look at some of the helpful – yet passive-aggressive – notices that English people so love to put up.
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Are you English? Find out with our fun podcast and worksheets!
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We discuss the free quiz worksheet ‘Are You English? – Quiz 1, which is available our new free online course using Google Classroom. You can join the course by signing into the classroom at http://classroom.google.com
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FREE CLASS TODAY! 26th September 2017 at 8.30pm London time!
Join us live as we talk about the topic of Englishness. What is Englishness? We’ll do a quiz together and try to find out whether we are in fact English! (Spoiler: I’m definitely English!)
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What does it mean to be English?
This is a lesson plan for Intermediate to Advanced level learners of English, EFL, ESL, and ESOL.
Let’s talk about the topic of Englishness. What does it mean to be English? Why are English people so… well, you know. Right? Here are the 40 vocabulary words and phrases that best describe Englishness.
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This is a guest post by Halima from BlackboardEnglish.com.
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I used to teach vocabulary differently than I do now. I taught single words and grammar. I had taught in a classroom setting before I started teaching online. My students learnt all the new words well. I even had tests to help them remember new words. They always did well when they did the tests. However, when they tried to use the vocabulary during a speaking or written activity, they would sound so unnatural. That’s when I started my collocations journey. I started researching, and reading and I found out about the Lexical approach by Michael Lewis. A new approach to teaching vocabulary and grammar. It was the most exciting thing I had read about as a teacher. I started implementing its teachings straightaway.
These are some of the points I found most useful:
- The brain stores and retrieves word chunks quickly
- Collocations are words that sound natural together to native speakers of English
- Collocations help you produce natural English
- It improves your spoken and written fluency
- It helps you to build a larger vocabulary bank
- Successful language is more important that accurate language
What should you do now that you know this information?
- Use a collocations dictionary online and if you can buy a hard-copy (watch my video to help you learn how to use a collocations dictionary)
- Start taking notes of new word chunks
- Start listening and reading more
- Learn the seven different types of collocations and examples and start noticing them (download the poster to stick on your wall)
- Don’t be afraid to start using your English!
I hope this article helps. Send me an email and let me know what you think! HS@BlackboardEnglish.com
Written by Halima from BlackboardEnglish.com.
Lewis, M. (1993). The lexical approach: The state of ELT and the way forward. Hove, England: Language Teaching Publications.
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