This super catchy song is perfect for beginner ESL classes; it’s simple, fun and I warn you now it will get stuck in your head – apologies in advance…
Play the song to the class and go over the key vocabulary on the board;
hello, goodbye, high, low, yes, no, stop, go, I don’t know…
Then use this fill in the blanks lyrics worksheet and go through the song again a few times until the students are happy with their work. You can keep the key words on the board to help them.
Finally go over the answers and have a good old sing song! Students particularly like the video and often ask for it to be played as a reward at the end of a lesson – a sure sign of success for this activity.
You can also use this song to introduce simple rhymes and opposites, or just as a bit of fun. Enjoy!
An excellent activity for any classes studying within the topic Talking about other people which seems to crop up in any TEFL textbook I have had thrust on me. I have used this lesson multiple times with various classes and it has always been really successful.
Students choose their favourite celebrity and complete a worksheet with five basic sections;
What is his/her name? Where was he/she born?
What does he/she look like?
What is his/her personality like?
What are his/her likes and dislikes?
Write three sentences about your chosen celebrity.
The sixth section requires a printed photograph of the celebrity. Six sections = 1 section for each side of the biography cube you will be making!
If you have internet access this can be completed in class, but I preferred to do an example on the board and set it for homework.
Once the worksheet is completed and the students have a photograph, use the cube template and write the information from the sections on the cube (1 section = 1 side), sticking the photograph on the sixth side.
Et voilas! Biography cubes! I like to hang them from the back of the classroom (to show them off and also to stop them getting damaged).
The concept of using a 3D paper cube to display work can easily be adapted to fit within plenty of topics; it’s a nice creative way to explore an otherwise dry subject. Have a go yourself and let me know all about it in the comments below.
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