A happy and creative February to you all. I hope we aren’t suffering from post-Xmas depression or winter blues although the weather would give us good reason, at least for the latter.
Should this be the case, here’s some stuff to cheer you up!
Alphabet songs for prejuniors! I stumbled upon it while looking for something to liven up my nursery group. They loved it! Grammar: I started teaching my bjs “much” and “many”, so I went looking for some extra practice. Vocabulary: idioms could be a pain in the neck or lower for our post-intermediate to advanced groups. They could be fun, too, with this activity that I came across the other day. Crafts: origami can be quite the challenge for those who have a go at it for the first time. Start with something easy and build upwards. No instructional language in this video, but you can introduce your own vocab. Websites: Have you got your own site? Can you afford not to? Can you deny yourself the web presence which is absolutely essential these days? Imagine all the things you can do with your own site: advertise, entertain, educate, communicate, inform. Would you like to have one created to your own specifications? Reasonably-priced, no host charges, easy to maintain and update. Contact me. And for state-of-the-art software:
A. Active Vocabulary is a thorny issue. It doesn’t have to be boring though! Our Lexisflex series provides great practice activities, and such a variety of task types that kids will never be bored doing them, as they won’t know what’s just around the corner. (You will, though, since the Syllabus is there for you to download through my site - download the levels you prefer, print them and incorporate them in your teaching. 5 minutes a week is as little as you can devote to the development of lexical competence.
B. The frenzy of exam preparation has not started yet, but there’s no reason for you to be caught unprepared. Browse through our FCE, ECCE, CPE, ECPE1, ECPE2 and ESB CD-ROMs and you will certainly find something that fits your teaching context. Priced between €25 and €30 per title, they are also available in a particularly attractive package with a price tag of €90 (instead of €160) for all 6 of them.
Educate, entertain, enjoy, innovate, share and never, ever, cease being awesome.