Monday, 26 December 2016

TEDx Oral Presentations Listening and Speaking Skills Lesson

A listening activity on a TEDx speech to practise oral presentation skills and learn useful expressions.

TEDx conferences are a great way for students to hear authentic (often American or Canadian) English. They touch upon a variety of different topics. 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Web quest: Native Americans in North Dakota

Teaching General English : webquest. Activité de recherche sur internet pour enseigner le vocabulaire et apprendre à connaitre les Indiens d'Amérique et l'actualité du Dakota du Nord et du Sud.

This summer I found out about this both surprising and dramatic conflict going on between Native Americans (particularly the Sioux) and an oil pipeline company.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Farmer Interview - Teaching Farm Vocabulary: Writing and Speaking Skills Practice Lesson

As a final task and after they wrote their own "farming parody", I got the students to make up the profile of farmers, who became famous making videos about their farm. 

Learning General Farming Vocabulary through Songs

Teaching general farming vocabulary through parody songs. Students listen to a Peterson Brothers parody and then create their own parody.

One of my students recently asked me:'why don't we study a song?'. He is a student in land-based enineering, which is the study of farm machinery, and so I told him it would probably be difficult to find a song that would have anything to do with this field (no pun intended). Well it turns out, I was wrong!!