This is a perfect resource for teachers to do with their individual students, adult or professional classes, or to brush up for ourselves.
This article titled How To Answer 31 Most Common Interview Questions by The Muse is a resource I always recommend to people preparing for a job interview. It gives professional advice for job interview training in written and video form.
This is a perfect resource for teachers to do with their individual students, adult or professional classes, or to brush up for ourselves.
For this lesson, we are going to study Endangered Species just in time for Earth Day. In our summer camp, we're working on the topic of REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE, so we've collected a ton of plastic bottles, toilet paper rolls, milk cartons, egg cartons, and bottle caps.
We are going to ultimately ask the students choose an endangered animal and create one using the given objects. (you can give the students any material you want, and see what their minds create).
If you have a whiteboard with a projector, show the following exercise on the whiteboard, and ask students to write their answers in the spaces.
With a partner, discuss the following questions and write your answers. You can research the answers for questions 1 and 2 if you need to and write the answers IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
1. What makes a species endangered?
2. How many endangered animals can you list?
3. What are some reasons animals have gone extinct?
4. Is it our responsibility to responsibility to save endangered animals? Why?
Expressions to AGREE or DISAGREE.
Use these expressions to have a discussion about questions 3 and 4. Have a conversation with a partner or group sharing your opinion.
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Relax and Troubleshoot
Before we get into how to mentally handle these situations to turn a bad situation into a good situation, always remember your basic troubleshooting steps for an unstable connection.
With this being said, let's get into the three tips for you to remember next time this happens to you.
1. Connection Issues Are Like A Fart
Don't play the blame game. Nobody likes to be blamed for either one. Even if you're positive the problem isn't on your end, it isn't in good taste to say something like, "Well, I just had a class and it went fine, so the problem must be on your end." It's always good to search for a solution. Even though the situation stinks, we just have to deal with it and move on and look for some fresh air.
2. Turn A Negative Into A Positive
Relax, these things happen. This isn't the first time you or your student has dealt with technological problems and connection issues, and it won't be the last. Since you can't control the technology gods, worry about what you CAN control. You can do your best to help the student have a good memory and good experience with your lesson. A few things you can do to create the best experience possible are:
These kinds of gestures will go a long way to grow your relationship and the trust between you and your student.
3. Turn It Into A Language Lesson
After you get your connection issue worked through, you can use this authentic material as a language lesson teaching a whole list of new vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and expressions from this real context situation. Some of the vocabulary and expressions that could come up:
If all else fails, try your phone
If you are still having trouble, you can always switch to your phone to finish the class.
I've found most students are understanding of this situation. However, some people might not be very understanding, in which case, you'll just have to deal with that and let them go. People are people after all.
In this teaching series...
Jesse is speaking to the deeper level beyond just lesson plans and activities. The goal is to identify and teach to The Thing Under The Thing.
In today's video, you will hear how to reach students and classes on a different level. This is based on successful classes, but more unsuccessful classes. With this series, you can learn from Jesse's mistakes and lessons he has learned in his experience.
... that make a difference.
Your focus- reach a student on a particular day. In most school years, you have nine months of opportunities to reach students.
Contact us and share some stories.
If you need more personal support, let us know!
Survey the students and open a discussion with the following questions:
How often do you use a smart phone?
How many hours in a day would you say you're on your smart phone?
What do you typically use your phone for?
Pre-teach certain vocabulary from the text. Along with the Vocabulary Match from the PDF, there are plenty of vocabulary words to review that will show up on the Kahoot!
To bend (our necks)
To hunch (over)
An unnatural angle
If you've never used Kahoot before:
1. Go here to play the Kahoot! with your students!
2. Have your kids take out their phones or classroom computers and go to Kahoot.it
3. Enter the game ID
4. Create a Name
An Extra Touch
Bring a scale.
Put things on the scale and review numbers and weights.
Choose something in the class or bring something in that weighs 4.5 kg to show how much the head weighs.
Time our how long some students can hold that in an unnatural position.
(Ex. Hold a heavy book out to the side.)
This will give a didactic touch to the article.
Raise the Stakes
Let's face it, sometimes our classes can see a Kahoot lesson as a free class. (Especially teens)
To keep your students honest and giving effort PLUS an extra reward for the winners, give a small assignment to everybody except the top three teams.
Extra Material and Lessons
If you're interested in other classes like this or getting worksheets and PDFs to take to your classes, support Jesse on Patreon, and he will help you in the classroom.
To print out the article, go to BreakingNewsEnglish.com or go here to print it out. Thanks!
What is Task-Based Learning?
Simply put, task-based learning is a teaching strategy where the students learn the necessary language skills to perform a given task assigned by the teacher. The point of TBL is to mimic a real life situation where the students would need to communicate in an authentic way.
This lesson would be useful for entire classes, summer camps, or 1-on-1 students. You will ask your students to describe to you a step-by-step process or tutorial about how to do something simple. Follow the tutorial below for ideas as well as Jesse's example tutorial.
In Jesse's tutorial, he teaches you how to spin a pen around your thumb. This is a simple action that nearly anybody can learn how to do, and it can be given by using clear step-by-step instruction.
LESSON: Create a Tutorial (video)
OBJECTIVES:a. To give accurate instruction to do something b. Build useful vocabulary and fluency expressions c. Learn how to make better photographs
LEVEL:Teens or Adults (Blue Belt or Above)
ACTIVITY: Class Structure
· Choose if you want this project to be group or individual
· Introduce the topic and your tutorial (or Jesse’s from the video lesson)
· Work through the worksheet and have students assess their Instagram or Gallery photos using the vocabulary.
· Teach the expressions for giving instruction and have students use the worksheet when they prepare their tutorial.
· Keep the intended audience in mind. If the intended audience is IG (vertical), less than a minute. If it’s YouTube or Facebook, 2-4 (horizontal) minutes.
· Give students time to work through the language.
· Students can write a script or an outline with target sentences.
· Less is more. The idea is for students to work through how to explain these with little instruction or input from the teacher.
Good luck! Let me know how it works for you and if you have any special touches that I can try in my classes:
I. Shooting Video: Vocabulary
Shot (n)/ To shoot –
The frame (n) –
To draw the eye –
Right third (n) –
Left third (n) –
Top third (n) –
Bottom third (n) –
The center (n) –
Use the “rule of thirds”
Discuss the questions below
What does the “rule of thirds” mean? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Where is the eye drawn in photo (a) (b)? _______________________________________
Which direction is the person in picture (b) facing? ____________________________
Why is it important for that person to face that way in the photo? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
II. Expressions and Vocabulary from Jesse’s tutorial on “How To Flip Your Pen Around Your Thumb.” Write a sentence from your presentation for the expressions that you use
(Ex. First, take the pencil in your normal writing hand.)
Your writing hand (n)
(Ex. Hold the pen in your writing hand.)
Be sure to…
(Ex. Be sure to hold the pen near the back so it has enough room to spin.)
(Ex. Hold the pen loosely with three fingers.)
You don’t want to… because…
(Ex. You don’t want to hold it in the middle because you won’t have enough room.)
Write8 additional words or expressions that are important for your tutorial.
(Ex. Your writing hand, to hold something loosely, do the same motion, etc.)
How to tie your shoes
How to make a paper airplane
How to do a card trick
How to read
How to repair something
How to build something
How to cook something
How to draw something
How to do a move in a sport
FLUENCY (Am I communicating clearly and coherently?) /10
VOCABULARY (Am I using proper and appropriate vocabulary?) /10
PRESENTATION (Is the video look and sound presentable?) /10
Copy-paste the activity above for a worksheet
If you're working with business or professional English, this interview is fantastic to work through in a series of lessons.
I would probably go over a bit of who Chris Voss is and his background. This would interesting to learn about and make the interview more meaningful.
Who and Why?
This would be perfect for adults or students looking for professional or business English.
This could be used to learn many lessons that are more than just English. For example:
We learn best with things that are interesting to us.
Pre-Teach and Background
Background information about Chris Voss. Here is a link to his bio in his company's website The Black Swan Group. Knowing information about the author/speaker will give more meaning to the video to the students.
Information and Vocabulary to highlight and/or pre-teach:
Split the difference -
High-stakes negotiations -
The lead (adj) -
Prior to... -
... on such cases as... -
Hostage (n) -
Tenure (n) -
Listen and Discuss
Listen and discuss what you heard in the video. I suggest you break it up in 3 or 4 different classes (or parts).
VIDEO PART ONE: 0:00-11:44
I. Comprehension Questions: Watch the video and then answer the following questions based on what you hear.
II. Vocabulary:Match the words with the meanings and then fill in the blanks for the sentences from the video.
____ 1. A follow-up a. a strong reaction based on emotion
____ 2. Jump into b. a specific warning before information
____ 3. Caveat c. instinctual
____ 4. Predicated d. founded or based on something
____ 5. To tap into something e. to reach something on a deeper level
____ 6. Innately f. to start something immediately
____ 7. Visceral g. something that comes after a thing
ANSWERS I:Comprehension Questions
ANSWERS II: Vocabulary
1.G 2.F 3. B 4.D 5.E 6.C 7.A
a.tap into itb. a follow up of c. caveat d.innately e.jump intof. predicated on g.visceral
If you'd like a worksheet to bring to your students, I'll see you on Patreon. If not, feel free to copy and paste the information above onto a document.
Begin with a hangman game or another vocabulary game to see what airplane vocabulary they know. Pre-teach words you want to focus on in the lesson. This will vary depending on the level of your classes and the language focus you want to have for each lesson.
Design and Build.
Give the students a set time to design and build their airplanes. 4-6 minutes is usually plenty unless the students are young and learning how to make paper airplanes. This will take a lot longer with a class of 9 or 10 year-olds.
Give students a set time to design and build. Time them with a stopwatch they can see to give them a sense of urgency.
When everybody has their airplane, start the competition. Have a starting point and measure the flights.
Have students record the distances of each player or group. We will use this later in the class.
After Flying the Planes
Come back to their seats and make sure they have all of the flight records. Fill in the worksheet attached below and write comparative and superlative sentences based on the competition. Get creative as you want!
Have Fun With It
Enjoy teaching the younger ones the important skill of building the perfect paper airplane, and watch them drive other teachers crazy!
Let me know how it works for you and if you added any tricks to the lesson!
I've Never Seen An Elephant Fly
How to teach the lesson
Do Whatever Works For The Student
As the students fill out the worksheet before and after watching the video, encourage them to use whatever works best for them to learn the vocabulary.
Extra Cultural Lesson
For more advanced or mature learners, you can include a cultural lesson about this crows scene. Share with them that the crows were supposed to represent people hanging out "the hood" as demonstrated by their accents and style. They were essentially stereotypes (good word to write on the board) of black people in the United States.
(Conversation starter options:)
Download the Worksheet
How it works
1. Introduce the lesson by writing a question on the board. (Take one from the rrrather.com or make up your own)
2. Ask students to take out their phones and go to rrrather.com.
3. Do a could as a class. Explain the language, make corrections, demonstrate what you want them to do.
4. Choose 5 questions to ask to a partner.
5. Ask a partner and write down his/her answers.
6. Present partner's answers to the class.
Enjoy creative, dynamic lesson ideas for the English classroom.