Beginners to Elementary
Pre-intermediate and Intermediate
- Word Prompts
- Kim's game (longer & longer lists)
- Guessing nouns via "Is it + adjective" questions
- Market trader: guess the connection (I can sell + LIST)
- Comparisons: How is XXX like YYY?
- BLIP (sometimes known as COFFEE POT) Guess the verb
- Guess the ADVERB
- The Preposition Game
- Classroom observation
- Simon says (Action verbs + Parts of the body)
- TELEGRAMS / MESSAGES / ANAGRAMS
- Find your partner (Stick self adhesive labels to Ss' backs)
- What's my nationality? Who am I?
- What's my job? (from open lists) Guessing games (closed lists)
- The Airline HELP desk - miming
- The Yes/No Game (from Michael Miles: "Take Your Pick")
- Word in edgeways (Conversation game)
- Consequences (Paper & Pencil game)
- CHARADES: book / play / song / film / musical
- 20 Questions: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral (Abstract with V connections)
Higher Intermediate and Advanced
Phonology and phonetics - / ðɪs ɪz hɒt / !!!---------Sounds and spellings
Suggested practice for higher-level learners to increase their awareness of the differences between spoken and written English:
- Phonemic transcription: learn the symbols used in English Pronouncing Dictionaries through self-correcting tests and sing-along songs
- Assimilation practice: - Some English consonant sounds, including many alveolar ones, change into (or towards) different phonemes when followed by certain other sounds. Speakers assimilate to avoid awkward sound combinations which would lead to loss of oral fluency with utterances sounding broken up and clumsy. Some native English speakers, including those who have been to top schools, are ignorant of the differences between written and spoken English and attempt to speak as they write. The remedy for this is
Assimilation Practice: - the links below provide learners with two-word phrases within which assimilation occurs.
Word lists to practise English diphthongs: introduction | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
- / t / changes to / p / before / m / / b / or / p /
- / d / changes to / b / before / m / / b / or / p /
- / n / changes to / m / before / m / / b / or / p /
- / t / changes to / k / before / k / or /g/
- / d / changes to / g / before / k / or / g /
- / n / changes to /ŋ/ before / k / or / g /
- / s / changes to /ʃ/ before /ʃ/ or / j /
- / z / changes to /ʒ/ before /ʃ/ or / j /
- /θ/ changes to / s / before / s /
Grammar and vocabulary
- English WORD + PARTICLE sequences
"Phrasal and Latinate Verbs In Vocabulary Practice" - worksheets to teach English phrasal verbs within a functional context.
- WATCH YOUR PARTICLES!
- WORDS "A" only-- - GAP FILL: Paola and her jealous boyfriend [Interactive Version]
- WORDS "B" to "C" - GAP FILL: King Richard and the youthful Cordelia [Interactive Version]
- WORDS "D" to "E" - GAP FILL: George the Veterinary Surgeon & Susan the Geologist
- WORDS "F" to "J" - GAP FILL: Diana, Princess of Wales
- WORDS "K" to "P" - GAP FILL: Jimmy Miller, playwright and folk singer
- WORDS "Q" to "S" - GAP FILL: Football Managers, Faith Healers and Psychologists
- WORDS "T" to "Z" - GAP FILL: Lola's Love for Alicante
- WORDS "A" to "F" + PARTICLES Reference List
- WORDS "G" to "Z" + PARTICLES Reference List
History of Brighton Royal Pavilion: includes practice of phrasal verbs, gerund & infinitive constructions, connectors, reported speech, passive voice [***Interactive]
The language of education: an advanced gap fill exercise [***Interactive]
Humanity's Worst Invention: an advanced gap fill exercise [***Interactive]
Speaking and listening: 28 popular discussion topics + relevant vocabulary
- "Prepare for Discussion": complete work-scheme:  odd one out  texts for dictation  dialogues  questions  crosswords, which targets the vocabulary needed for each of the 28 popular topic areas
- Ten discussion techniques - giving opinions, asking for clarification, delaying strategies etc
- Tales of The Unexpected - 122 stand-alone episodes, each running for 25 minutes. These stories with a twist in the ending are well acted, entertaining and can be obtained cheaply on DVD - excellent for listening comprehension and vocabulary development.
- BBC Radio 4's Listen Again page offers a massive selection of audio files and podcasts on every topic you can think of.
- Songs by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger to use as a stimulus for discussion and for presentation of topic-based vocabulary, with links to audio CD recordings, songbooks & sheet music.
Ewan MacColl [1915-1989] helped to bring about the British folk song revival of the 1950s, which remained strong until the early 1970s. He proceeded to build on the British tradition of ballads rather than American folk roots (e.g. spirituals, blues, hobo, skiffle) - he was to find a partner with a good knowledge of American ballads. This link provides access to Ewan's own compositions, including the songs from the radio ballads in which he captures the speech rhythms and vocabulary of British people - railway workers, road builders, miners, fishermen, gypsies, teenagers and boxers. The radio ballads were a landmark in radio drama and song composition. They also provide excellent material for language learning at higher levels.
Among Ewan's most famous song compositions are: 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' (written for his wife - Peggy Seeger), 'Dirty Old Town' (written about Salford, Manchester - an industrial surburb in the north of England) and 'The Manchester Rambler' (written for the Great Trespass - which gave walkers from the city rights of way and access to countryside). Ewan songs are mainly about love and social / political topics. Ewan's first love was the theatre - he helped to found Theatre Workshop with his first wife, Joan Littlewood. He was to have two later marriages and a total of five children. His second wife was Jean Newlove - assistant to dance movement teacher, Rudolph Laban, and mother of Hamish and (the late) Kirsty MacColl.
Peggy Seeger, born in 1935 and still writing and performing her own songs, was married to Ewan MacColl from the late 1950s until his death in 1989. They produced three children: Neill, Calum and Kitty MacColl - two talented musicians and a capable singer. Peggy herself is from a famous musical family. Her mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, was both a folk music collector and one of the foremost 20th-century female classical composers. Her father, the musicologist Charles Seeger, was also father (by an earlier marriage) to the American folk-singer Pete Seeger.
Peggy is accomplished on several instruments, notably banjo, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, English concertina and autoharp. Perhaps the best known of her early song compositions is 'Gonna be an engineer'. However, this link also provides access to Peggy's more recent song compositions: more on women's rights, some moving love songs, lyrics on a full range of social issues including anti-war and pro-environment campaigns. The link too provides a full index of Peggy's song titles and access to suppliers of her CD albums and songbook.
- History of Brighton Royal Pavilion: reading comprehension, including [***Interactive]
- Wikipedia online encylopedia: Contents page
- www.happymind.co.uk - well written articles (e.g. on philosophy, psychology, health, technology and futurology) suitable for 20s-30s age range. These texts explore the idea of using science to promote happiness and well-being. The aim of www.happymind.co.uk, edited by my niece Katherine Power, is to encourage intelligent debate, rather than promote a specific position. The articles are not written ostensibly to teach English, but contain challenging (though useful!) vocabulary input and themes which should lead naturally to class discussion.
- Advanced Reader for learners of English interested in children's education - an autobiographical account by my second cousin, Irene Ellen Power Clifford, of her work in London Primary Schools from 1919 to 1953, her attempts to mitigate the poverty of the 1930s and the disruption of World War II and to promote more modern teaching methods. Irene's account could prove very useful for teachers or teaching assistants with English as a second language, who hope to enlarge their vocabulary prior to a job placement in a British School. Teaching methods may have changed, though there is something in human-beings (and the psychology of managing them!) which remains constant. Individual chapters can be accessed from the list below:
CONTENTS: 'The Growth of a Teacher' 1919-1953, by Irene Ellen Power Clifford | Introduction
- I begin to teach
- From pillar to post
- My first permanent job
- Changes in education
- War years
- Teaching under strange conditions
- New blood - advent of a new headmistress
- Social problems and neighbourhood
- Further changes in 1953
- Looking both ways
- Synopsis of chapters
Writing - external links
- BBC Skillwise: writing - a community web site, offering general writing tips and practice for learners of English.
- Royal Literacy Fund - help with essay writing for advanced learners hoping to attend UK universities.
1. -- Easy Access
to the key parts of English language learning and teaching
2. -- Published resources for English language learning and teaching
(Ted Power's recommendations):
This feed is intended for learners/teachers/Directors of Studies wishing to review or select books/CDs/CD-ROMs on English language learning and teaching including areas such as teacher training, pronunciation, listening to spoken English, oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing (including handwriting & basic literacy).
3. -- English pronunciation
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4. -- English pronunciation
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5. -- Higher Intermediate vocabulary and discussion - topics 1 to 10
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