Liar Liar is a simple activity that I have used recently while teaching the topic of crime. It’s a simple activity and a great way to introduce the unit of crime. This activity uses authentic material and is a great way to challenge students while engaging them with interesting material. I have used this activity […]
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”
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!
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.
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
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 […]
Magazine Personalities is a great way to get to know your class in your first lesson and also to get them speaking about themselves and their interests. I use this activity with my teen and adult classes and have found that it’s a great way to get them talking. It also gives you a great […]
Where to find it Photo by NS Newsflash This activity is a great way to use authentic materials in the classroom. I have used this activity in summer schools where I could get free English newspapers. However anyone living in a major city should have no problem sourcing newspapers. Remember newspapers can be […]
Describe and Draw in the classroom. Describe and draw is yet another activity/game that I have had great success with. This allows students to practice listening and speaking skills alongside practice of prepositions and giving as much detail as they can in English. I have used this with all levels and all ages from […]