With all the problems we’re having teaching during the pandemic, one has to reinvent activities and strategies that allow students to interact and do things in the classroom without putting their health at risk. Not long ago, my students shared cards, mixed and mingled with each other and spent their time interacting. Now, we can’t play board games or change partners and so on. Classes threaten to take the form of ‘the old days’ when students had to sit still and keep to themselves. I’m fighting against this, beating my brains trying to come up with new ideas or adapt old ones to the present-day situation.
For today, I’m going to try out a team quiz activity. I’ve used cards quite often, but they were facing downwards on a desk. Here the cards will be on the whiteboard and the class will be divided into two teams with a student from each team that will have the role of ‘messenger’. The messenger has to consult his or her team’s answers and write them on the blackboard (of course, each writer will have their own chalk and their half of the blackboard). Each messenger will be the only student that will be able to move around from the blackboard to where the team is sitting (in a circular form keeping safety distance).
We’ll see how it goes, I don’t think it’s perfect, but something is better than nothing and it seems to stick to the safety protocol.
” I fear those grey, old men of Mocca’s Park,” Wrote Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist. “Those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge, strange, long-armed, deformed, hunch-backed, misshapen oak men that stand waiting and watching century after century.”
When it comes to describing something or somebody, it is very usual to notice that a student is not using a wide variety of language. All too often, one constantly hears things like “nice, cool, tall, pretty and beautiful” even in the highest levels. This is normal, as a student usually focuses more on other aspects of the language such as syntax and choosing the right verb pattern. However, even when a message has been put forward efficiently and accurately, if the student failed to produce a juicy selection of collocations, adjectives, verbs and even some odd idiom, they won’t get far concerning grades.
In this activity, you can find and practise some adjectives related to weight, shape and muscles. You’ll also have a couple of tips related to adjectives that are used disapprovingly.
Here’s a flipping card vocabulary quiz that intends to cover most of the vocabulary related to arts and crafts. Read the description or look at a picture, guess the word and flip the card to see if you were right. You have a clue on each card.
We all know the one about ‘raining cats and dogs’ but what about ‘to rain on somebody’s parade’ or ‘to give something a rain check’? In the link below you’re bound to learn at least one more of the many British idioms.
Here’s a quick video I created with Bitable with some grammar on how to make yes/no questions in the past simple, when we use a verb that is not ‘be’. Remember that ‘be’ does not have an auxiliary and that to make yes/no questions, we use a subeject- verb order inversion.
Here’s an example: She was happy> Was she happy?
But other verbs like: eat, drink, buy, etc. use an auxiliary ‘did’ and for yes/no questions the word order is the same but the verb is in the infinitive.
Example: She worked yesterday > Did she work yesterday?
Watch the video and notice the examples. After, do the activities that will tell you how many correct answers you got.
Good luck and don’t forget to learn a lot of English now that we can’t leave our houses. If you do a bit every day, you will soon improve a lot.