Website Review: learningchocolate.com
In short: This site will really help students get better vocabulary. You can practice almost 100 different groups of words. Some groups are for beginners (numbers, colors, etc.) and some are for intermediate or even advanced students (internal organs, beef, etc.). There are five different ways to practice each group of words.
Also, you can find a nice links to other helpful sites.
For students: The pictures and the sounds are very useful for your memory. This site is easy to use. Why not do one set every night before you go to bed?
For teachers: Before doing a lesson on one of these topics, send your students to learn the vocabulary here. Then, when you start the lesson, you’ll start the lesson with a review and they’ll learn it that much better.
This is another one-hour conversation activity. For an introduction to the series, click here. Enjoy.
Name: Love Stories
Prep Time: None
Materials: Clear white paper
Primary Objective: Discuss dating
Other Benefits: Improve sequential storytelling skills (First, then, after that, finally)
Pre-Speaking (20 minutes)
On the board draw a big box with nine square in it. Like this:
In the first square, draw stick figures of a boy and a girl meeting. Ask the students to describe what is happening.
Now, have a student come to the board and draw what happens next in the next square. Again have the students describe what is happening.
Repeat the process until all nine squares are filled.
As appropriate, write key dating vocabulary and expressions on another part of the board. For example, you might end up writing words such as: boyfriend, girlfriend, going dutch, to dump, to cheat, to get married, etc. It depends on the story.
When telling the story, emphasize words like “first”, “second” “after that”, “next” and “finally”.
Now, pass out a piece of paper to each student. Tell them they should create a box with nine squares and a place to write important vocabulary and expressions.
Speaking (30 minutes)
Have each student draw a picture in their first square. They should then show it to a partner. The partner should describe what’s happening. They should write any key vocabulary and expressions.
Then, they should pass their paper to their left. That person should draw the next frame and show it to their partner again. The partner should, again, describe what’s happening. They should, again, write any key vocabulary and expressions on the page.
Pass the papers around until all nine squares are filled in.
Post-Speaking (10 minutes)
Have the students come to the front and present whole stories to the class.
Give the students new sheets of paper. Repeat the process, but this time, instead of doing things chronologically, have the students fill in random squares.
Have the students discuss these questions:
Is it important for your boyfriend/girlfriend to have a lot of money?
Is it important for your boyfriend/girlfriend to be sexy?
Is it important for your boyfriend/girlfriend to be funny?
Is it important for your boyfriend/girlfriend to be smart?
What is the most important thing for your boyfriend/girlfriend to be?
Where is the best place to go on a date? Why?
What is the best age to get married? Why?
Ideas for Homework: Have the students visit www.comics.com They should search until they find a comic about dating, print it, and bring it to the next class.
Modification for Lower Levels: At the beginning, ask the students for things that can happen when dating. On the board, write: You meet. You go to a restaurant. You see a movie. Ask them for more suggestions. Then have each student write ten more things on their own. Then, ask for more suggestions and write them on the board. They can use these when deciding what to draw and how to describe it.
Modification for Higher Levels: Bring in some dating comics at the beginning. You can find them by browsing www.comics.com. Discuss their meanings and why they’re funny.
Modification for Small Groups: The post-speaking won’t really work because everyone will have seen everything. Just be ready to do the extensions.
Modification for Private Lesson: Before the class, make a complete comic on your own as an example. With your student, create two comics, trading squares back and forth.
Modification for Different Themes: Just make sure you can tell a story around your theme. It’s easier to do this if the students can draw easy things (like stick figures). Themes like dating work best. But, travel could also work well. Anything is possible, but something like nature might be tricky.