From pictures to words: How was your summer vacation?

My most recent YouTube lesson about summer vacation could be a springboard for different age groups at different levels of proficiency. Would you like your students to talk about their summer vacations? Do you want to share some common ways to ask how a vacation was spent? This could also include a review of question…

Highly Irregular: An activity to practice the past tense of irregular verbs

In a recent YouTube lesson on verb tenses, I decided to review the forms of the simple past. The series targets intermediate and advanced students, so one might question the depth of my review, which includes the spelling and pronunciation rules as well as practice with some irregular verbs.  However, I’ve seen and heard upper…

Lay It on the Line: An activity to practice LIE vs. LAY

Click here to listen to my introduction to the activity “Lay It on the Line”. Many students (and teachers, too!) make mistakes with the verbs lie and lay. There are some fun ways to help students discover and remember the differences. I recently came across Jean Lersch’s catchy song called Lie, Lay, Lain on Songs…

Playful Props

Do you keep a bag of props in your classroom? I’ve known teachers who used various props in their grammar and vocabulary presentations, from hand puppets to bouncing balls.  Props can also come in handy for making stories. We all know about chain stories, but consider the variations listed below. All you need is a large…