Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Father X Daddy

It was father's day in Brazil last Sunday. I am crazy about my daddy but I know some people hold a grudge when it comes to their own dad. This lesson plan is for low intermediate students who need some extra practice on simple past

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Lesson plan


Monday, August 7, 2017

Hot dog competition - simple present

Well, I know this is a blog that intends to promote deeper conversation and discussion but I really wanted to talk about tis famous eating competition once it is such a cultural event. I used this lesson with some basic students, and it worked pretty well.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

friendship - simple past

People in Brazil celebrate "friendship day" on July 20th, I know that it is different in other parts of the world. But it is always nice to talk about friends. This is a lesson that has 2 nice videos and 1 famous song and some simple past activities.
have fun

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stop this train

Every time I think about a class it starts differently. It is sometimes a topic I want to work on or it is a grammar subject I need to find attractive ways to involve my students. This one started because I have a lovely student who likes to have songs in her class, but then I found this great animation film and I wanted to use it with her as well. How would I bring a song with this video together? This film is about fate, so I looked up songs about fate, then I realized I'd better go after the singers my students like and I like as well and try to find something related to this issue there. John Mayer is deliciously interesting, he has bunch of cool songs, till I came across this one- stop this train, it is abt the inevitability of death. It may sound like a sad topic but I hope it brings more joy than sadness.
Have fun

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Life choices - simple past

It is hard to fight to be happy everyday. There are days that I feel really blue, it has to do with health issues I face. But a heartbreak can also make you fight for your happiness. This lesson is again about simple past, some students struggle to use it well.
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who knew lyrics
LESSON PLAN


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Disabled people - simple past - touching

A woman got deaf at the age of 18 and learned how to sing without being able o listen to any musical instrument and her own voice.
She got the golden buzzer at america's got talent.
Grab some tissue and share it with your students!
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celebrities
lesson plan

Monday, June 26, 2017

Instagram depression - simple past

Have you ever felt like you cannot succeed at things that people seem to be nailing easily?
Have you ever felt disappointed at yourself for not having that perfect body/hair/make up?
How often do you compare yourself to internet celebrities?

This is a lesson plan based on instagram lies and it is meant to help students to critically talk about what they believe online and it also has simple past activities. It is appropriate for an intermediate student who still struggles on  the use of simple past.
Some reading
The lies
My so called instagram life
Depression
The video to be used:
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Lesson Plan