How to use a short film in the classroom

12 Ago

We are often told how useful and motivating short films/series/cartoons can be in an ESL classroom. But then, we aren’t told how to exploit this resource. Some of us even content ourselves with playing the video and maybe encouraging a bit of a discussion afterwards.

Here are some ideas for you to use and offer a livelier lesson to your students:

Silent movie: turn the volume down, so students can watch while they explain what’s happening on the screen. Excellent to work with the present continuous.

Prediction: show students the image for a particular scene and get them to suggest a storyline to go with the image. Then play the video and feedback on the similarities / differences between the predicted and real story.

Jumbled dialogue: give students the script, cut up line by line. They re-order the text and watch the scene/film to check.

Gapped dialogue: give students the text of an episode, but with one character’s lines deleted. Students try to work out what the character is saying before listening to the episode to check.

What’s behind the chair?: Put students in pairs and sit one of them with his/her back towards the screen. Turn the volume down and let the other student explain what’s happening to his/her classmate. Do this for one or two minutes for each pair, so everyone has the chance to communicate in English.

What happened next? Students write a dialogue either to extend an episode, or to create a follow-up episode.

Role-play: Each student takes the role of one character from an episode and they role-play a continuation of the episode.

Some of the ideas have been taken from the BBC Learning English website.


I say a little prayer – Present simple/continuous

12 Ago

Level: A2

Time: 20-30 min.


Here’s a song I’m sure you all know. It’s not only a beautiful classic, but also a great song to practice both the present simple and present continuous tenses.

First, let your students listen to the song for the first time and ask them what the song  is about.

Put the scraps from the first paragraph on the table, and let the students put them in the correct order while they’re listening to it. Let them listen as many times as necessary.

Then, hand out the lyrics and play the song again, so they can fill in the gaps.

Finally, correct as a group and help them translate the words.

Time to sing along!

DOWNLOAD HERE: Scraps ‘I say a little prayer’ 

Lyrics ‘I say a little prayer’



Clothing styles and adjectives

24 Jul


Level: B2

Time: 15min.

Just print, cut and mix up all the bits and pieces, so the students match the words with their correct example.  They loved words such as tacky, flashy, scruffy or hoodie.

Have fun!!

DOWNLOAD HERE:  Clothes vocabulary.


8 Jun


Today I’ve prepared a lesson on British currency and money in general.

1- Ask your students how much money they have in their pockets/purses in this very moment. Teach them how to pronounce “euro” properly.

2- Listening comprehension.

a) Listen to the conversation at Don’t let them read the script yet. What was the conversation about?

b) Listen again, following the conversation with the script. Check any new expressions (you can actually click on some of them, which will lead you to an explanation and example).

c) Do the 2 activities on the right of the script. They’ll help students remember the new expressions.

3. Match the money. Download the worksheet here: Skillswise. Just cut up the prices and let them match words with numbers.

4. Calculate the cost. Use this short worksheet as a game or competition. The first to calculate the exact cost will be the winner. There’s a higher level option, in case you find this one too easy for your students.

5. Money Quiz. Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Change Game. Great game where you’re at the till in a store and have to calculate the exact change you have to give to the customer.


Here’s a list of money games you can also use: Money Games.


Song – Why can’t we (by Asa)

1 Jun

Here’s a really summery song for my girls. I was supposed to play “Boys will be boys”, by Paulina Rubio, but… I just couldn’t do it. I really tried, I promise. But, when I was about to print the worksheet with the lyrics, I just stopped! Anyway, there was a sexual reference at the end of the song, and my students are only 13. The message it’s sending to young people is terrible, too.

So! Here’s my alternative. Simple, possitive and harmless song. Nice to try if your students already know present simple, past simple and imperatives.

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Just cut out the lyrics and let them enjoy the song while their trying to order the bits and pieces.

Hope my students like it… (I’ll let you know!).

Should (giving advice)

1 Jun


Here are some nice texts I found at They are 4 small letters from teenagers who have a problem and are asking for advice.

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I think I’m going to give each pair of students one text to read.

They should underline every word or expression they don’t understand and ask me to help them.

Once they’ve read their text, they should prepare some advice to give to him/her.

To finish with, every pair of students will read their text to the rest of the class, explain the difficult words too, and then read their response.

The class can then discuss about it, and other pairs can suggest alternatives, etc.

Hope you find it useful!


Recursos para la enseñanza de inglés en Secundaria y Adultos

28 May

Os dejo la tercera y última entrega (por el momento) de mis artículos acerca de los recursos para la PDI. No os lo perdáis, está muy interesante!

Recursos para la enseñanza de inglés en Secundaria y Adultos.



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