Today is Inauguration Day in the USA. Here's a collection of cartoons I put together for my EM Normandie students relating to Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. The cartoons provide plenty of material for discussion and language practice. You can download the original PowerPoint slides here.
Here's a slide presentation I put together for a class with my EM Normandie students featuring editorial cartoons relating to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA. You can download the original PowerPoint presentation here.
LESSON IDEA Print out hard copies of the four most interesting slides (in colour if possible) and put your students into groups of four. Get each student to prepare and deliver a mini presentation of the their slide for the others in the group. You could also get selected students to come to the front of the class and present their slide to the whole class using the videoprojector.
I often use images, cartoons and headlines relating to current news events to promote classroom discussion. Here's a PowerPoint I created recently for my EM Normandie students. You can use it in different ways. One idea is to put the students into groups, show them a picture, and award points based on how much they can tell you about the story. You can then use the headline on the following slide to reveal the story. Of course, each story can lead to a discussion about the issues involved: drug taking in sport, the rise of Donald Trump, the migrant crisis, Brexit, Apple vs FBI, etc. Why not download the PowerPoint file and add some of your own images?
How much do you know about Google, the world's most popular search engine? Test your knowledge with this quiz I created for my EM Normandie students. You can download the original PowerPoint presentation here. I'll give more details about the rest of my 'Google lesson' tomorrow.
If you're a teacher, I expect you are planning to talk about David Bowie in class, if you haven't done so already. Anyway, here's a PowerPoint presentation I made to use with my EM Normandie students that I thought I would share. Several of the images are hyperlinked - you'll just have to click on them to see where it takes you! And click here to see all my English Blog Bowie resources (including a crossword and two quizzes).
This is a presentation I made using online presentation tool emaze. If you're fed up with PowerPoint, you should check out emaze - there's a free version with lots of great templates. In fact, I didn't have to do very much to create 'Halloween Fun Facts' - just select the slides, insert the text, and add some creepy music. The result is really impressive (if I do say so myself!).
TIP Click on the arrow symbol (bottom right) to watch the presentation in full screen mode - it's much more effective.
LESSON IDEA Get your students to use emaze rather than PowerPoint next time they do a presentation in class.
Here's a presentation I did for the new intake of FC (= Continuing Education) students at the EM Normandie, some of whom will be taking the e-learning version of our Master's Degree. Click on the logos and screenshots for more information. You can download the PowerPoint version here.
On Thursday, Scotland will hold a referendum to decide whether or not to become an independent country. If the answer is 'Yes', Scotland will leave the UK. To mark this potentially momentous event, I've created a quiz to test my students' (and your) knowledge of Scotland and things Scottish. You can either use the Slideshare version below or download this PDF version(the answers are given in both cases).
NOTE FOR TEACHERS There are 25 questions in the quiz, which can be used in various ways. If you have a videoprojector in your classroom, you could use the Slideshare version with the whole class (perhaps working in teams). Alternatively, you could print off copies of the PDF version and get your students to work individually or in groups to find the answers. And why not have a prize for the team/student with the most correct answers? Something Scottish would be appropriate, such as a packet of shortbread biscuits!
Here's a slideshow I used with a new EM Normandie class of adult students this morning. The class has students at widely different levels so I wanted to begin with an activity which would allow all of them to talk about themselves, and give me an idea of their capabilities. See lesson plan below.
LESSON PLAN 1. I first handed out this activity sheetand went through the PowerPoint with the whole class. 2. I then put the students into pairs and got them to interview each other to find out the information on the activity sheet by asking the questions we'd gone through on the slides. 3. Finally, I asked each student to tell the class something interesting they'd discovered about their partner.
NOTES 1. This activity can be used at various levels and makes a good starter activity for a first lesson with a new class. 2. If you download download the PowerPoint, you can get the animated version.
Kris Jagasia recently sent me an email to tell me about a new site Off2Class. Kris co-founded the site with James Heywood, who has been teaching EFL/ESL for a number of years, most recently in Istanbul. Over the years he's developed his own lesson plans for private lessons since he felt that the existing resources available online were not suitable for conversational, private ESL lessons. Kris and James have now released the lesson plans on a "simple web platform" to "see if other private EFL teachers would find them useful".
REVIEW Kris is much too modest - Off2Class is a very professional and well-designed site. The lessons are in the form of PowerPoint-style presentations with pictures, vocabulary and quizzes - all accompanied by teaching notes. I'm sure that anyone teaching lower-level students one-to-one or in small groups would find these materials a godsend. And the really neat thing is that the student(s) can follow the lesson on their own device (computer or tablet) once the teacher has registered them. I can imagine this working very well with lessons given over the phone or Internet (using Skype for the voice, for example). At present the coverage is a bit uneven (7 lessons on the future, and none on the present perfect), but hopefully Kris and James will add more resources as time goes by. Highly recommended!
A good idea for a lesson at this time of year is to look back at what happened around the world over the previous 12 months. This slideshow forms the basis of a quiz about people and events that made the news in 2012. I created it for use in class with my EM Normandie students. The quiz is in two parts. To see the questions and answers for the first part (and get the hyperlinks to work), you'll have to download the PowerPoint version and check the Comments for each slide.
I put the class into teams of three students. For Part 1, I asked each team in turn to choose a question, and gave them a maximum of three points depending on how complete their answer was. If they couldn't answer, I threw it open to the rest of the class. In Part 2 (Who Is It?), the first team to give the correct answer got a point. The winning team won a packet of Hobnob chocolate biscuits (it is Christmas, after all).
Movember is a moustache growing charity event held during the month of November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health. This is a slide presentation I produced for a lesson about Movember with my EM Normandie students.
In the presentation, you'll find some screenshots from the Movember website, a 'moustache quiz', and some pictures of media coverage of Movember. There's also a role play activity at the end, which you can download here as a Word file. I also used the wonderfully funny Movember Song.
This is a great topic for business students since it covers topics such as public awareness campaigns, buzz marketing and word-of-mouth marketing, event marketing, merchandising, and so on.