To be successful at university, students in Preparatory Year Programmes need to improve their language skills in a fairly short amount of time. At a minimum, PYP programmes will prepare students to be able to read the course books, listen to lectures, and take exams in English in their chosen field. They may also need…
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Using Conjunctions – Free Worksheets
Improve your grammar skills in English with our helpful FREE printable worksheets (with answers) on the topic of using conjunctions.
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Reading the Bible – Discussion Questions
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Discuss the following questions with a partner or small group:
- What is your favourite: a) book of the Bible (Old and New Testaments), b) verse in the Bible, c) story in the Bible, d) psalm, e) proverb, f) parable of Jesus, g) letter in the New Testament? Say why.
- Which person in the Bible do you relate to the most? Why? Compare two characters from the Bible – one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. What features make the Old and New Testaments different? What do they have in common? Which do you prefer to read? Why?
- When do you read the Bible? What is the best time of day? How long do you spend reading the Bible? Where do you usually read the Bible? Do you have a favourite place to go? Do you like to read the Bible with others or alone? Why? Have you ever attended a Bible study group?
- Which version of the Bible do you prefer? Why do you like it more than other versions? Have you ever tried to understand the Bible in its original languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek? How did you get on?
- Describe your Bible. What does it look like? How old is it? How long have you had it? Where did you get it from? Are you thinking about replacing it? Have you ever used a Bible app or an eBible online?
- Do you use any tools to help you understand the Bible, e.g. concordances, reading notes and plans, websites, etc.? How do they help you? Do you enjoy hearing the Bible read aloud? Do you listen to readings from the Bible online or on Bible apps?
- How important is the Bible to you personally? Why do you read it? Have you ever been encouraged or helped by reading the Bible? Tell me about it. How do you apply the message of the Bible in your life? Do you think you could function as a Christian without reading the Bible? Are you ever reluctant to read the Bible? Why? How do you start reading again?
- What would you do if you couldn’t read the Bible anymore? What about if the Bible was outlawed in your country? Do you ever take your access to the Bible for granted? Have you ever been bullied for reading the Bible or being a Christian? How did you respond? Have you ever distributed Bibles?
- Did anyone teach you to read the Bible? How did you first hear about the Bible? Have you read the whole Bible? If not, what is stopping you? Would you consider trying to read the whole Bible in a year with a special plan or app? What do you think would be the difficulties? What would be the rewards?
- How do you know that you can trust the Bible? Do you believe that everything in the Bible can be taken completely literally? If not, which parts cannot? How do you know?
- Do you like to memorise verses of Scripture? How many do you know? Can you tell me some of them now? Why do you do it? How do you memorise verses?
- Is the Bible relevant to non-Christians? How? How often do you talk to your non-Christian friends or colleagues about the Bible? What is their response?
Storytelling in ELT is often seen as the preserve of the young learner teacher. Tell a story with lots of repetition, noises, and action is considered far too childish for teen and adult learners. But stories are in our soul, we grew up with them, remember them fondly and can learn a lot from them,…
Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game
This is a fun ESOL game inspired by the recent Twitter hashtag: #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words
- SS (students) work in pairs or small groups. They access the hashtag on Twitter and select ten (or more, or fewer) tweets. T (teacher) monitors and helps.
- They write the four-word phrases onto a sheet of paper, then delete one of the words from each phrase. SS could focus on deleting words from a particular word class, e.g. verbs, adjectives, or prepositions, etc.
- Next, SS exchange their paper with another pair or group, who have to complete each gap with one word only – or more than one word, if you want the game to be easier. Then both pairs of groups come together and compare their answers with the original tweets.
- Twist: SS have to suggest more than one word that could possibly fit, e.g. five words – the funnier the better!
- The whole class come together and different groups present their work to the class.
- Final quick-fire round #1: T (or a student) collects all of the four-word phrases and reads them to SS going round the whole class in a circle. The reader omits the final word and the student has to say the first thing that comes to mind, e.g. “I would buy…” “Sausages.” / “Bread.” / “A pizza.” – and so on. You could make it competitive by putting a five-second timer on each student – if they can’t think of anything, they sit out, and the game continues until there is one student as the winner!
- Final quick-fire round #2: T (or SS) collect a number of four-word phrases from the hashtag on Twitter. Play the quick-fire round, as above, but this time SS must come up with the real final word from the tweets. You could play it competitively too, as above.
Example (with tweets below):
Education gives children __________. e.g. headaches
Pledge to go __________! e.g. green
Learn to love __________. e.g. homework
__________, then laugh more. e.g. eat
Laugh whenever it’s __________. e.g. raining
Think about others __________. e.g. sometimes
Go to bed __________. e.g. late
Watch the Penguin __________. e.g. film
A Weekend In __________. e.g. Grimsby
Read more, sing __________! e.g. less
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— Edinburgh Zoo (@EdinburghZoo) February 13, 2019
— Visit York (@VisitYork) February 13, 2019
— Bookbug (@Bookbug_SBT) February 13, 2019
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In this article, Lucy Passmore, co-author of the MINDSET for IELTS series, looks at how teachers can encourage self-study by flipping the classroom. Why students find self-study for IELTS difficult Self-study is an essential ingredient for success in IELTS. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the test format, different parts of the test and……
Valentine’s Day Action Game
Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in the classroom with our fun action game for English students!
How to do it:
- Clear a big empty space in the middle of the classroom.
- All SS (students) stand in the space.
- Designate three corners of the space: TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN means that we do not know the answer: it could be true or false, e.g. “Saint Valentine was terrible at maths”.
- T (teacher) or a student reads out a statement from the list below. SS run to the corner which represents their chosen answer: TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN.
- The person reading gives the answer. If SS are correct, they go back to the middle. If they are wrong they have to sit down.
- The game continues, with the group in the middle getting smaller, until there is a winner, or you run out of questions, in which case all the remaining SS are winners.
- If there is a winner after, say, a handful of statements, you could start a new game with the remaining statements.
TIP: you could give a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to the winning student(s)!
- Saint Valentine lived in Rome under Emperor Claudius, who banned young people from getting married.
- He had green eyes.
- In general, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
- He was killed on 18th February 269.
- He had black curly hair.
- He is celebrated on 14th February every year.
- He always had three eggs for breakfast.
- Every year, more than 1 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the USA alone.
- He lived in the fourth century AD.
- He enjoyed classical music.
- There are fourteen churches in England dedicated to him.
- He is the Patron Saint of happy marriages – and also beekeepers.
- His favourite colour was red.
- He tried to stop Christian couples getting married in secret.
- He had a housekeeper called Martha.
- He helped persecuted Christians in Rome.
- He performed a miracle when his judge’s foster-daughter was healed of blindness.
- More than 9 million people buy a special gift for their pet to show them they are loved on Valentine’s Day.
- February 14th was officially named as St Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Queen Elizabeth I.
- Valentine’s Day is a special day dedicated to getting married.
- False. He was killed on 14th February 269.
- False. It is more than 36 million boxes.
- False. He lived in the third century AD.
- False. There are no churches in England dedicated to him.
- False. He helped Christian couples to get married in secret.
- False. It was officially named by King Henry VIII.
- False. It is a special day dedicated to love and romance.
We often talk about the teaching-learning process as if it was just one thing, but we know that even though they are closely related, they are two different processes. Assessment is a third process that is intimately related to these two, so I’d like to say just a bit about learning and teaching first, and…