Monday, 22 June 2015

T.V Commercials Lesson plan B2 +

Advertising - Are T.V adverts on their way out?

Listening and speaking
What’s your most memorable television advertisement?

What do you think of these? What makes them successful do you think?


Compare the

Top 10 British adverts

Talk about the adverts Levis and Compare the Market; What makes them successful?

What do you normally do when an advertisement comes on in the middle of your favourite T.V programme?

Reading and speaking - This is part of an article from The Guardian… read and discuss.

The 30-second television commercial, once a cultural touchpoint, has lost its relevance in today’s world. It’s doomed to be relegated to the dustbin of 20th-century artefacts, right up there with cassette players and dial telephones.
TV commercials had their heyday in the 1960s when people had a surplus of time, particularly in the evenings after work. There were no emails, text messages or social networks to keep up with. Work and life had distinct boundaries, and TV was limited to a handful of stations that only broadcast during certain times of day.
Commercials were a part of the TV experience, a window onto the new world of packaged goods, automobiles and airline travel. They were an efficient way to learn about these products without having to get up from the couch.
Commercials were a part of the TV experience, a window onto the new world of packaged goods, automobiles and airline travel. They were an efficient way to learn about these products without having to get up from the couch.

Discuss modern advertising - smartphones, tablets, etc.

TV commercials won’t disappear overnight – they’re still far too effective – and they won’t disappear for all the usual ”TV is dead, the internet is king” reasons. They’ll disappear because the modern consumer no longer has the patience to sit through a four-minute pod of eight 30-second sales pitches. As a result, their effectiveness will slowly wither away, leaving them as artefacts for historians as they study the latter half of the 20th century.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Diets B2 +

Extreme lives - B2 / C1

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Let’s talk about diets…

What kind of diets do you already know about?

Atkins diet - High protein low carbohydrates
Weight watchers - Points system
Green day Red day - Eating certain combinations of food to increase metabolism.

Have you ever met anyone that has lost weight on one of these diets? And if so,  do you know anyone who has successfully lost weight by following these diets?

Now, let’s take a look at the following video:

1. Listen to the video and list the advantages and disadvantages to becoming a fruitarian.

2. What are the 5 steps you should take to become a Fruitarian?

3. Would you like to become a Fruitarian? Why? Why not?


Could you live like this? Do you know anyone who would want to live this way? What personality traits would you need to have in order to take on this kind of lifestyle?

Play Devil’s advocate (debate)

Convince the other person that this is the best diet in the world! This diet could save the human race and our planet...

Vocabulary: (make a list of vocabulary you have learnt from this class)
You can practice new vocabulary, by using it as often as you can, also by using these words in sentences.  Write down a few sentences with your new vocabulary to help you remember.

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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Recover your Confidence - C1

Class 1: Summer classes on Skype

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C1 Reading & Speaking

Main article:

Want to look smart? Don’t say this.

Read the article out loud, underline the words you are not sure of.
Your teacher will make a note of the words you are mispronouncing, then practise these words with you.

Vocabulary builder: 
(make a note of the words you have learnt).

(make a list of words you need to practise).

Recycle the vocabulary you have learnt in the above text, by discussing the text with your teacher.
Your teacher will lead the discussion, by asking some questions.

Further reading:

A list of words we all get confused with:

Three different steps to build confidence:


Write about an event which has taken place recently, where you or someone you know have had their confidence knocked. Where the embarrassing situation take place? How did you or your friend overcome the embarrassment? Do you or your friend still think about it?

175 - 200 words.
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I teach in two places! I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, story telling, playing games, etc.  When you work for just any school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak. Mega English & Fantasia give me the freedom to be creative in class, whilst preparing students for Cambridge  exams & work interviews, as ultimately this is the most improtant aspect of my work as an ESL Teacher.

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