Monday, 17 February 2014

#HappyValentinesDay


Twitter is an appealing resource that we use in the English class to let the students enjoy while they improve their English. Uly, Undergrounding London's mascot has his own Twitter account and he usually sends about five messages every week. He always tweets about London people, organizations, places or events and about the activities that we are doing in class. He always uses new words and phrases so that his followers can learn a lot with his tweets.

The students follow him on Twitter and they each have a notebook where they copy Uly's messages. After writing them down the students must focus on the meaning of the tweets, review the vocabulary that they already know and check what is new for them. Then, on Fridays, we work with those tweets in class: we read them aloud, make sure they are all understood, focus on new words and phrases, review grammar, and find out lots of interesting facts on London. The students sometimes bring their mobile phones to class and they also tweet messages back to Uly, when he asks them questions.

Last week we worked with the conditional sentences on the lessons from Monday to Thursday. Then, on Friday, we used Twitter to put everything that we had learnt on the days before into practise. The students were really appealed and had fun while texting their tweets and reading each other's. Besides, just like every Friday, they made their English a bit better. And Uly, of course, wished us all #HappyValentinesDay and tweeted the picture above displaying the beautiful statue of Eros at London's Piccadilly Circus.

For more info on these activities follow @uly_ulondon on Twitter. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Imagine all the people ...


Last Thursday, January 30th, we celebrated the School Day of Peace in the English class. And we did it with a resource like no other, the song Imagine by John Lennon. Written in the early 1970's, at a critical time during the Cold War, the lyrics of the song portray the dreams of a whole generation of young people looking forward to living in peace.

First, the students were handed out the lyrics with a few blanks to fill in while listening to the song. Next we focused on the meanings of the different parts and the right pronunciation of words, phrases and messages. We also used the lyrics to introduce new grammar items such as the modal auxiliary may and review others like the future with will

The pupils really enjoyed the activity and loved the song: the just couldn't stop singing and humming to it. We will definitely use it again next year and will try to design new tasks to make the most of it.