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Introduction to functions and chunks
List of functions + some examples of 'chunks' for particular functions
 
 

 

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Informal phrases matching
Walk around matching supplement to Speaking & Listening Advanced, unit 16
 
 

 

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Informal phrases dominoes game
Dominoes game of informal phrases
 
 

 

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Chav nativity
Version of the Christmas story in modern London / SE British slang circulated on the Internet c.2005
 
 

 

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Informal phrases dominoes game
Dominoes game 16 matches
 
 

 

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Sharon's bikkies
Informal language: jigsaw dialogue between two colleagues involving an argument over biscuits
 
 

 

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Natural and unnatural conversations
Students order lines in two conversations. The situations are identical (making an arrangement to meet for dinner), but one is full of unnatural written vocabulary, the other uses informal spoken language.
 
 

 

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Written and spoken words
Thirty common words for students to sort into 'more often written' and 'more often spoken' lists + 14 sentences that use words that would normally be found in written English. Ss change them so they sound more natural in spoken English.
 
 

 

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Common phrases: pubs and restuarants 2
(1) Grid of 36 common spoken phrases and expressions useful for a pub or restaurant (various functions including informal offers, requests and situation-specific functions - asking for food preferences etc. These can be cut up, divided between students who have to try to use them in a simple pub / restaurant role-play. (2) The same phrases + others arrranged in a table of functions
 
 

 

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)
 

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
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