Listening

The Life of a Tree

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This activity is based on one of the lessons in our book Pen Pictures 3 (Oxford University Press). In this version, the picture story has been made into a video to help insipire the students before they do the writing task.

Internet Debate

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In this activity, students read an article in favour of internet censorship. Then they prepare for a class debate for and against this kind of censorship. The activity is inpired by the debates in For and Against by L G Alexander (Longman 1969).

Under the Water

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This is a short mystery story in two parts. The questions challenge students to imagine or deduce what happened. The story was inspired by the Roald Dahl tale The Landlady, and I first wrote it for New Ways to Go 4 (CUP).

Body in the Gym

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This is a short murder story, with a note taking activity. The story is rich in past simple passive, and there is an extension activity to focus on this language point. There are audio downloads in case you want to make this into a listening activity rather than reading.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
BRAZ-TESOL 2012
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Handouts and downloads
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In this workshop, we’ll analyse some of the challenges language learners face when listening to authentic texts. Then we’ll take a walk through a listening lesson, trying out and discussing the different types of tasks which ‘teach’ listening, and help learners aspiring to B2 level become more effective, confident and autonomous listeners.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
Extra info: 
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There is a video of this lecture recorded at TESOL Spain, Bilbao below. Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will see how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we will look at features of connected speech, intonation, and accent.

Singing Grammar

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There are 18 units in the book, each concerning a different aspect of grammar. For each unit, there are photocopiable pages - one for the song, one of practice exercises and one which is a game.

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