Friday, 31 January 2014

A formal letter of complaint

What's the difference between formal and informal language? What kind do you use when you are writing a letter of complaint? 


Recommended by Jo.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Get that job

Finding a job can be hard work, you need to have the right skills and use the right words.

The site below is full of activities and quizzes to build on your knowledge of career-related vocabulary and offer some tips on things like how to put together a good CV or come across well in an interview. 

Click below to get started.


Source: BBC Learning English

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

My home town: past and present

What is London famous for?

Have you ever been? If so, what did you like about it? If not, what would you like to see and do there?

How do you think it has changed from 1927 to the present?

The following video shows how London has stayed the same and how it has changed from past to present.  

Write down the things that are now different and compare your notes with your classmates.


 

Now think about your own home town:

  • How has it changed from 1927 to the present day?
  • What has changed for the better?
  • What has changed for the worse?
  • What would you change about it to make it a better place to live in? 

Find some pictures or footage of your home town in the past and make a short presentation comparing past and present.
Source: Film English, by Kieran Donaghy

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

I Have a Dream

When do we use reported speech? Here are some words we want to remember.




 
source: Jo

Monday, 9 December 2013

A 'for and against' essay

Writing an essay is different from arguing with a friend. You should write a balanced and rational argument and take opposing views into account.

Look at the example below:

Write a letter to your Local Education Authority arguing for or against compulsory school uniforms for all pupils.


It helps to sketch out a table like the one below.


Click on the sample answer to read a letter arguing against school uniforms.

Spot all the expressions that could be useful in the essay you have been assigned.

Source: BBC Bitesize

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Who do you think you are?

Find an interesting story about one of your grandparents.

Compare your childhood with present day. In what ways do the differences reflect the changes in society in terms of upbringing, education, job opportunities or lifestyle?

Illustrate your presentation with some pictures.


Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Supermarket Story. Missing my son.

Has anyone ever pulled your leg? This is what happened to Tom, yesterday, in the supermarket.


Afer you listen to the story, you can read the script here.

Make a summary of it, using reported speech.

Next, write your composition about a time when someone tried to pull your leg. 

source: Jamie Keddie.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Gerunds and infinitives

Sometimes in a sentence one verb follows another. Look at the glogster below to revise verb patterns. Get into groups and make your own poster to revise a language point learnt recently.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Class notes to go

To learn new vocabulary it's essential to keep a well organized record. Do you make a clean copy when you're going over your class notes? 

Look at this power point presentation to remember prepositional verbs. Prepare your own to revise a language point you have recently learnt.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

What makes a good friend?

Take the survey about friends. Next, get into pairs and create your own survey on Survey Monkey. Ask about qualities in teachers, parents or classmates.
Finally, write a report or present your findings to the class.


Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Passive Quiz

Can you answer these questions? Do so using the passive voice.You will find clues in the word cloud below the presentation.
View more presentations from iccic.

Wordle: passivequiz 

Next, create your own quiz and test your classmates on their general knowledge. Try to use the passive voice in the questions and / or answers. You can illustrate your work on power point or wordle.

Adapted from Lessonstream, by Jamie Keddie

Thursday, 7 July 2011

A film review

       

Monday, 4 April 2011

Mysteries

What is this fat monkey made out of? Try to guess before getting to the last picture.








Now find out how it was made:

                    

source: Jacqui

Friday, 3 December 2010

I need a hero

Explore Hyperhistory to find information about outstanding people.

Click above to access Hyperhistory

Next, follow the steps suggested in The Biography Maker to make a presentation about your hero or heroine.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

In an ideal world...

Consider these questions:

  • What would the Earth look like if it had rings like Saturn?
  • What would the rings look like to us? 
  • Would they appear across the sky from East to West or from North to South? 
  • How would they appear near the equator? 
  • How would they appear far from the equator? 
  • How would they appear at night?

Make your guesses and compare them with the video.


source: Jamie Keddie: http://lessonstream.org/2010/02/10/if-the-earth-had-rings/