Month: January 2013

27 Jan, 2013

Grass Skirts

Grass skirts is a great activity to get the class up and out of their seats while still learning and revising their vocabulary. This activity is easy to set up and a great way to make revision fun. This game can be used with all levels. I have used this  game with FCE exam classes […]

The 25th of January is Burns Night in Scotland. As such, I thought I would put together a simple lesson plan for teens and adults to practice English and also to teach about Scotland. I hope you enjoy the lesson plan. Don’t forget to leave any comments or suggestions. Happy Burns Night to all in Scotland.

Activity Time:  30 + Minutes (In total)
Materials required: Lesson plan notes ,Student printable handout
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and Vocabulary.
Level: Intermediate +

1. Introduction (5 – 10 minutes)

Tell the class they are going to watch a video. Ask them to watch the video and
answer what the significance of the 25th of January is.

Answer: Burns night is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. It is held on or near the poet’s birthday, 25 January.

2. Robert Burns Poetry. (10 + minutes)
Write or project the Robert Burns quotes on the white board one at a time. Remind them that the poetry was written in the 1700’s. Tell them that you want them to explain what they think each sentence means. Tell them that there are no wrong answers.

Original Version                                                      Idiomatic Translation                     

“Oh my love is like a red red rose that is newly sprung in June”

“Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,    Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what panic’s in thy breastie!”                              O, what a panic is in your little breast!“The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,             The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.”                               The man’s the gold for all that.“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,                        Nice seeing your honest, chubby face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding race!”                      Great chieftain of the sausage race!

3. Watch the video again. (5 minutes)

Tell the students that they are going to watch the video again. This time they have to listen and fill in the missing words. Explain that there are between one and two words missing. They don’t have all the text so they must listen carefully.

Hand out the text.

Before they watch again, ask the students in pairs to predict the missing words.
4. Brainstorm (5 Minutes)
Write Scotland on the board and ask the class to brainstorm what they know about
Scotland. Ask them if they know of any inventions that have come from Scotland.5. 10 Things Invented In Scotland.http://youtu.be/So4mlHiFxec

Tell the class they are going to watch another short video. Tell them it’s about some of the things invented in Scotland. They must watch and complete the following activity.

 

10. ___________________ – Robert William Thompson & John Boyd Dunlop

9. ____________________ – J. M Barrie
8. ____________________ – James Braid
7. ____________________ – Robert Watson-Watt
6. ____________________ – Alexander Cummings
5. ____________________ – Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
4. Telephone                            – ____________________
3. Bicycle                                 – ____________________
2. ___________________   – ____________________
1. _________________     – __________________

 

20 Jan, 2013

Robert Burns Night

The 25th of January is Burns Night in Scotland. As such, I thought I would put together a simple lesson plan for teens and adults to practice English and also to teach about Scotland. I hope you enjoy the lesson plan. Don’t forget to leave any comments or suggestions. Happy Burns Night to all in […]

13 Jan, 2013

5 Drawing Games

Games like Pictionary are popular games in the classroom. They are simple and easy ways to revise vocabulary and are usually a welcomed break away from the text books. This post will look at some other ways to bring drawing into the classroom in order to practice grammar and vocabulary.  1. Pictionary  Activity Time:  5 minutes […]

7 Jan, 2013

Wordle In The Class

A very happy New Year and a welcome back to you all. 2013 is a new year and I have many fresh ideas to start the term anew. So, what is a Wordle? A Wordle is simply a word cloud that can be great resource to teachers. This post will look at a number of […]