I found this video quite funny and entertaining and couldn’t help laughing at the speaker’s reactions to some of the dishes he describes. I’m aware that there is a lot of prejudice concerning eating habits, but what would our great-grandmothers have thought if they had seen us ordering a hamburger and chips at a fast-food restaurant? They would have been horrified and not only that, but they would have lectured us! What would you do if you were offered barbecued scorpions or fried tarantulas for dinner? I think my first reaction would be to puke. What about you?
This week my B2 groups have been talking about eating habits, so I’ve prepared this listening for them that I’m sharing with anybody that would like to learn a little about this topic. By the way, hitting the subscribe button and leaving a like would be totally awesome.
Waiter! Waiter! There’s a wasp in my cookie!
This is a really hilarious song performed by Syd Barret. It’s a sort of wierd love song where the boy is wooing a girl offering her the few things that he has and sharing stories and facts about his daily life with her. The end of the song is quite scary and I can’t help wondering if the girl didn’t actually turn out to be ‘the type of girl that fits into his world’. I’m aware that some blog visitors will think me completely bonkers for using this song and that my students may even think that I’ve knocked my head on some hard surface (well I actually did a couple of months back, so that might explain everything!). Anyway, I think this song is absolutely fab for low levels and it’s SO English!
I this beautiful Billie-Eilish-song cover by TurnOfftheSystem is amazing! I’m absolutely lost for words and so proud to share it with the world. All the voices by the same guy, working on his laptop, using his mic, shut away from the world, in his room.
Here’s a song written by David Bowie back in the 70s that became very famous again when Nirvana performed their fantastic cover. It wasn’t an easy task for me to decide which version to use; because I love both of them, but since very few people know that Bowie wrote it, I eventually decided to use this one. The aim of this activity is to become familiar with the relative pronoun ‘who’ and to practise simple past verbs. There are two versions, one with the verbs in brackets and the second one without the verbs.
Here’s another flipping card quiz, but this time with audio files so you can hear how to pronounce each word.
Two things I’d like to mention. One is that there are other ways to pronounce many of these word depending on where the English is spoken, but basically I’m sticking to my mother tongue, which is Brit English. Two, there’s a bit of white noise in some of the audios, but I don’t know how to remove this yet, because I’ve just started using the programme and it looks a bit like an aircraft control panel (all full of knobs and buttons).
Anyway, I’m really pleased about being able to upload audios and listen to them getting over the shame one feels when hearing their own voice.
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Another incredible song by David Bowie (Did he ever do anything that was not worth while?). This song is for revising vocabulary from different topics dealt with in intermediate levels. It’s also a great way to hear a good sample of ‘will’ for future use as the song deals with a posssible future situation, where two people are engaged, probably in being themselves, against all the odds. I hope you enjoy the activity.
This activity is also a homage to my brave students that come to classes despite having to almost freeze to death due to that classes must be held with all the windows open and that there will always be a risk of catching this virus that threatens to change our lives in such a drastic way.
I love this song! Gives one such a feeling of power and recharges batteries. Maybe you like it as much as I do, so you might enjoy doing this listening activity and at the same time, finding out the meaning of some idioms and synonyms. First do the pre-listening activity and after you can do the sentence completion.
This beautiful tribute to Vincent Van Gogh provides us with the opportunity to learn and practise vocabulary related to the art world and nature.