Find out what young people in the UK think 'culture' is. Follow the title link and listen to young adults/teenagers from London (a multicultural city) express their opinions on multicultural issues, stereotyping and culture in a video. Make yourself up a mind map to summarise the video.
Then, make your own mind map up in English to develop and expand your vocabulary awareness around this topic. Explore what you think 'culture' is.
Talk to your friends and parents and define culture from their viewpoint. Are their definitions the same or different to yours?
An exercise to introduce you to two forms of the Past Tense. The exercise is a gapfill one where you convert the designated verb to it's past form (continuous or simple). This resource is suitable for A2 CEFR students. Grammar support points are on the right hand side of the web page.
The Simple Past Tense - Regular and Irregular Verbs
Grammatical information on the context, form and uses of verbs (regular and irregular) in the Simple Past Tense. There are also exercises to practise skills and a short reading and writing task in each resource.
A lovely poem by Rudyard Kipling which rhymes, has rhythm and a theme already introduced in the podcast comparing cats and dogs. Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary, read and listen to the poem and test your understanding of what you have read through the comprehension activities.
A list of approximately 60 or so irregular verbs with the base form, the past simple tense and the past participle in table format. This resource could be used as a reference tool or you could start trying to memorize the verbs as they are commonly used in English. There is also an exercise to do here. Again keep your eyes out for news of my new website where I will incorporate a lot of this type of materIal.
A B1 CEFR exercise on the Present Perfect Tense suitable for Pre- Intermediate level TEFL learners. There is a combination of questions and sentences to complete for this gapfill exercise. The Present Perfect Tense Slideshow can be found on the grammar page of this blog. Check it out as it goes into more detail on the formation, meaning and uses of the present perfect tense. It is interactive and there are exercises to do as you watch it. I would say this is for those of you who may be meeting the present perfect tense again and can understand a little bit more detail this time (Intermediate level). Keep your eyes open here as I am developing another website which will be more of a static one and will include more grammar exercises as they are proving to be popular.
TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills.
If you are a beginner (A2 CEFR level) these British Council Podcasts are excellent for getting you started. As the week progresses I will post up other related work which will be appropriate for different levels of student ability. If you are an Intermediate level of student you may want to use this resource to revise and then extend your knowledge. Advanced students may just want to dip into the additional and other resources added during the week.
If you are interested in women's fashion ModCloth uses 'vintage inspired designs from independent designers'. Susan Gregg Koger was the founder of this internet based company at 17 years of age and is totally self taught in the business. The resource is a transcribed phone interview. Read on and find out about Winston, the pug who is the company mascot!