Activity of the week

18/08/16

LEVEL:  A1   TIMING:  10 mins

AIM:  To practise “What is your name?”,  “My name is…”, “How do you spell that?”

INSTRUCTIONS:    This is a good activity for students who do not know each other in the first class.  Write the following model on the board:  “What is your name?”,  “My name is…”, “How do you spell that?” Ask the students to sit in a circle.  Sit with them in the circle and ask the student on your left “What is your name?” He/She should reply “My name is (their name)”.  Then ask “How do you spell that?”.  The student should spell his/her name.  While he/she is spelling it, ask the other students to write the name on a piece of paper.  The activity continues around the circle until everyone has had a chance to practise the questions and answers.  At the end, ask the students the names of all the people in the class.

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Check out my blog post at Disal Blog:

Critical thinking: Helping our students dig a little deeper – Jane Godwin Coury

 

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

04/09/16

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

LEVEL:  B2   TIMING:  30 mins

AIM:  To understand, practise and use 10 phrasal verbs in context.

INSTRUCTIONS: Give a copy of the worksheet below to each of your students to do.  

1)  Read the phrasal verbs in the table to understand them better.

Phrasal Verb Meaning
HANG OUT Spend time relaxing (informal)
CATCH UP WITH Meet someone after a period of time and find out what they have been doing
CUT DOWN ON Reduce
GIVE (SOMETHING) UP Quit/stop doing it
CUT OUT Stop eating something (permanently or for a long time)
FIND OUT Discover
GET ALONG/ON Like each other
FALL OUT Argue and be on bad terms with someone
CLEAN UP Tidy/Clean
COME ACROSS Find something unexpectedly

2)  Now read the phrasal verbs in the following sentences and fill in the gaps.  Ask your partner the following questions and vice versa.  Try to use the phrasal verbs.

  • What do you normally do at the weekends?

I usually just h _ ng out with my friends. We go to the cinema or a bar. Unfortunately I don’t get the chance to cat _ h up with them often as we are all so busy with work.

  • Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

I don’t think I really do.  Something I definitely need to do is c _ t down on the amount I smoke, or even gi _ e it up completely. I would also like to cut o _ t red meat from my diet.   I fo _ nd out that both of those are unhealthy.

  • Do you like the place where you live?

Yes, I live with some college friends. There are several of us in the house so it is crowded, but we get _ long well so we have not had any serious problems. I f _ ll out with one guy who lived there because he played his music too loud, but he has moved out now.

  • Do you like to collect things?

Not anymore, but the other day I was cle _ ning up my room when I came _ cross an old album of football stickers. I used to collect them when I was younger.

Answers: hang; catch; cut; give; out; found; along; fell; cleaning; across.

3)  Fill in the gaps with one of the phrasal verbs from the box.

 

cut down on          hanging out           get on          clean up      

 

found out      gave up       came across              catch up

 

fell out          cut out

 

  1. I _______________ ______________ with Jenny really well.  We are best friends.
  2. I have a heart problem so I have to __________________ _________    ________ my cholesterol intake.
  3. I like ________________ __________________ with my friends at weekends.  We often go to the cinema.
  4. I hope to ________________ ___________________ with my brother this weekend. I haven´t seen him for ages.
  5. I had an argument with my colleague at work. I _____________ ______________________ with him. We haven´t talked to each other for a month now.
  6. The kitchen is in such a mess. I will have to _____________________ it __________ before we go out.
  7. I ____________________ ________________________ last week that I am getting a promotion at work.
  8. I _________________________ ______________________________ an old photo of my father yesterday. I hadn´t seen it for years.
  9. I´ve completely __________________ ________________________ meat from my diet.  I´m now a vegetarian.
  10. I __________________________ ___________________ the crossword in the end.  It was too difficult for me.

Answers:  1.  get on  2.  cut down on 3.  hanging out  4.  catch up  5.  fell out  6.  clean it up  7.   found out  8.  came across  9.  cut out  10.  gave up.

4)  Write about experiences in your life using the ten phrasal verbs.

 For example:  I am going home at Christmas.  I will catch up with lots of people there…

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

27/08/16

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

LEVEL:  B2   TIMING:  40 mins

AIM:  To discuss the benefits of eating healthy food.  To understand a song related to this topic.

INSTRUCTIONS:  Write “HEALTHY FOOD” on the board.  Elicit some vocabulary related to healthy food from the students and write the words on the board.  E.g.  vegetables, fruit, fresh food, fish, etc.  Ask students what they think the benefits are of eating healthy food.  Show a picture of Jamie Oliver and ask the students if they know who he is (British chef and TV celebrity).

Give the following letter written by Jamie to the students to read.  Ask them to guess what numbers should be in the gaps.

Answers:  1.  forty two  2.  five  3.  two

Hi guys, Jamie here.

I urgently need your help to make a real difference. We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 1.__________ million children under the age of 2.___________ either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.

 So I’m asking that you do 3._________ simple things – first, please sign this petition to show your support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, then, most importantly, share it via your social networks.

 It’s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. I passionately believe this is every child’s human right and I hope you agree.

 If you can help me get millions of people to sign this petition, we can create a movement powerful enough to force all G20 governments to take action. Food education will make a difference to the lives of the next generations, so please help. I can’t do it without you.

 Sign it, share it and let’s inspire governments to do the right thing.

 Big love

 Jamie Oliver x

Ask the students to discuss in pairs what the reasons were for Jamie writing this letter.  Answers:  to make people aware of the current situation of overweight/obese children; to ask people to sign a petition to show their support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world and share this via their social networks.

Tell the students that Ed Sheeran wrote a song to make people aware of this food revolution that Jamie is passionate about.  Give each student a copy of the lyrics and ask them to fill in the gaps with the words they hear.  The song is at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpqM0WPjgt4

Ask the students to discuss their answers with a partner.  Play the song a second time so they can check. Finally, elicit the answers from the students and write them on the board.

FOOD REVOLUTION DAY SONG – JAMIE OLIVER. Featuring Hugh Jackman, Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, George The Poet, Paul McCartney, Jamie Cullum, Alesha Dixon & Jazzie B

My name is Jamie Oliver, I’m here to say

I wanna talk about Food Revolution Day

Half the world is starving with too little to eat

And the other half die from being obese

How people live the longest is they grow and they cook

Learn recipes from your parents or 1._____________

If you haven’t got a clue about the mess that we’re in

The answer lies here in the words that we sing

Revolution

Feed the kids right through their stomach and minds

Revolution

They deserve a better future but some people are 2._____________

It’s a revolution

Educate the nation with a song and a vision

Revolution

Come on everybody, do the right thing, sign the petition

People in charge aren’t getting it right

Politicians don’t know and now they need to shed light

Don’t rely on the government to fix this plight

No country in the world has ever won this 3._________________

We’re the only ones who can save our lives

Click the link below for the petition to sign

It doesn’t take time so you need to just bear it

Do the right thing, sign it, share it

Revolution

Feed the kids right through their stomach and minds

Revolution

They deserve a better future but some people are 4._____________________

It’s a revolution

Educate the nation with a song and a vision

Revolution

Come on everybody, do the right thing, sign the petition

Yeah, we all have a friend

Someone who’s there from the start to the end

Someone who’s there through the good times and the worse of it too

And guess what? That person is 5._________________

So from now on when you wake up, first thing you do

Make yourself a promise that you’ll eat better food

We better do what we can, this better reach somebody

Why? Cause you only get one 6._____________________

Don’t give up your day job, Jamie

I’m only joking, mate

It’s all for a good cause

We need a revolution, not devolution

Think of bad nutrition

This is a 6._____________________

People, can you see? Come on now

[Chorus]

Revolution

Feed the kids right through their stomach and minds

Revolution

They deserve a better future but some people are 7._____________

It’s a revolution

Educate the nation with a song and a vision

Revolution

Come on everybody, do the right thing, sign the petition

ANSWERS:

1.       books

2.       blind

3.       fight

4.       blind

5.       you

6.       body

7.       revolution

8.       blind

Activity of the week

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

Level:  B2  Timing: 30 mins

Aim:  to talk about customs in Japan and Brazil

Instructions:  Ask the students to read the text individually and do the vocabulary exercise afterwards.  They should then compare their answers with a partner before you go through the answers.

Tell the students they have been asked to write 10 customs Brazilians have for foreigners visiting Brazil.  Ask them to write the customs.  They can include pictures, if they want.  Put them on the wall and ask everyone to read them.

10 CUSTOMS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO JAPAN

  1. THE NUMBER 4 IS AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS

In Japan, the number “four” is avoided because it sounds very similar to the word for death.  The number 4 is extremely unlucky and is used as little as possible. You must always avoid giving anyone something in fours because it can be seen as a very ominous gift.

Elevator labels will often be missing a fourth floor — and in extreme cases, they will not have floors 40 to 49.   The practice of avoiding the number 4 is called “Tetraphobia,” and it is common in many East Asian and Southeast Asian regions.

  1. BLOWING YOUR NOSE IN PUBLIC IS CONSIDERED RUDE

Blowing your nose in public is seen as not only rude, but simply disgusting. Instead people will generally sniffle until they find somewhere private. If you simply must blow your nose, it is recommended that you do so as discreetly as possible.

The Japanese are also repelled by the idea of a handkerchief.

  1. TIPPING CAN BE SEEN AS INSULTING

Tipping is considered rude — and can even be seen as degrading. Tipping will often cause confusion, and many people will chase after you to give you back your money.

If someone has been particularly helpful and you feel absolutely compelled to leave a tip, guidebooks suggest leaving a small present instead.

  1. THERE ARE DESIGNATED PEOPLE WHO WILL PUSH YOU INTO A CROWDED SUBWAY CAR

Oshiya, or “pushers,” wear uniforms, white gloves, and hats and literally push people into crowded subway cars during rush hour.

They are paid to make sure everybody gets in and doesn’t get caught in the doors.

  1. PEOPLE WILL SLEEP ON THE TRAINS WITH THEIR HEAD ON YOUR SHOULDER

If someone in Japan falls asleep with his or her head on your shoulder, it is common practice to just tolerate it. People have very long commutes and work dreadfully long hours, so many will often fall asleep on the train.

  1. THERE ARE TOILET SLIPPERS FOR THE BATHROOMS

It is customary to change into slippers when entering a Japanese home, a traditional restaurant, temples, and sometimes museums and art galleries.. Basically any time you come across of row of slippers in Japan, you should just put them on.

  1. YOU MUST ALWAYS BRING A HOST A GIFT

It is an honor in Japan to be invited to someone’s home, and if this happens, you must always bring a gift. The gift should also be wrapped in the most elaborate way possible, and lots of fancy ribbons are suggested.

You should also never refuse a gift once offered — but it is good practice to strongly protest the gift at first.

  1. POURING YOUR OWN GLASS IS CONSIDERED RUDE

It is customary in the US (and many other countries in the world) to serve others before you serve yourself, but in Japan you are never supposed to pour yourself a drink. If you have poured for others, another guest will hopefully see that your drink is empty and pour for you.

You must also always wait for someone to say “Kanpai” (cheers) before drinking.

  1. SLURPING NOODLES IS NOT ONLY SEEN AS POLITE — BUT IT ALSO MEANS YOU HAVE ENJOYED YOUR MEAL.

Slurping is considered polite in Japan because it shows that you are enjoying your delicious noodles — in fact, if you don’t eat loudly enough, it can be mistaken as you not enjoying your food.

Slurping noodles is not entirely for the sake of politeness, but also to avoid having a burnt tongue. Japanese soup and noodles are generally served steaming hot — hot enough to burn — and slurping helps to cool down the food.

  1. SLEEPING IN CAPSULE HOTELS IN ROOMS BARELY BIGGER THAN A COFFIN IS VERY COMMON

Capsule hotels are used as cheap accommodation for guests who purely want a place to sleep. They are used most often by businessmen working or by those who have partied too late and have missed the last train home.

The sleeping quarters are small capsules that are not much bigger than a coffin, and the beds are stacked side by side and on top of one another.

VOCABULARY

Match the underlined words in bold to their meanings.

OMINOUS Eat or drink with a loud noise.
SNIFFLE A long, narrow strip of fabric, used especially for decoration.
REPELLED Giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.
CHASE A long box in which a corpse is buried.
SLIPPERS Sniff slightly or repeatedly, typically because of a cold.
RIBBONS Disgusted. nauseated.
SLURPING To follow.
COFFIN Soft shoes you wear indoors.

 

Answers: 

OMINOUS Giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.
SNIFFLE Sniff slightly or repeatedly, typically because of a cold.
REPELLED Disgusted. nauseated.
CHASE To follow.
SLIPPERS Soft shoes you wear indoors.
RIBBONS A long, narrow strip of fabric, used especially for decoration
SLURPING Eat or drink with a loud noise.
COFFIN A long box in which a corpse is buried.

Based on:  http://www.businessinsider.com/japanese-customs-that-are-shocking-to-foreign-travelers-2015-2

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