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Showing posts from January, 2016

"Dumb Ways to Die": Song Worksheets

Dumb Ways to Die is one of those songs that you cannot get rid of easily. Apart from its catchy tune, it comes with an equally enjoyable video, making it one of the most popular videos in YouTube.

It was originally designed as a public service announcement campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, to promote rail safety. The video went viral through sharing and social media starting in November 2012. Since then it has spawned more songs, a considerable number of parodies, video games and, believe it or not, a couple of ESL lesson plans!

The following lesson plan is a combination of what circulates on the Internet (a version that works best with my classes). Ideal for older children and young teens. Level B1, mainly due to its vocabulary (although it becomes self explanatory through the video)

If you decide to use it in your class, leave me a comment and tell me how it went!

Whiteboard Organisation

Having an organised and reader-friendly whiteboard is vital when you are working with good, old-fashioned whiteboards. Whiteboard organisation can be quite challenging though for teachers who, like me, struggle to keep things under control in classroom environments that are increasingly getting more restless and more difficult to handle (for reasons we, in Greek State Schools, are all aware of ).

When I attended the RSA Certificate in TEFL (now CELTA) 25 years ago in International House Hastings, we were given some basic guidelines for keeping our whiteboard, or should I say blackboard, neat. I had forgotten all about them, when I came across the same basic advice, together with some new tips in As a way to keep them in mind I made a simple outline, which I hope you will find helpful.

Set the goals of the lesson at the beginning and keep them up untill the end.
Make sure everything you write is big enough and clear enough even for the ones at the back. Take a s…

Internet & email Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered what these symbols are called in English? Have you ever tried to read a website address and had no idea how to do it? Well now you know ...