Category Archives: communicative skills practice

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

An excellent reading resource produced by the British Council.


What types of books do you like to read?  Do you like romantic stories? 


This is a resource based on a book called ‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry.  It is classed as a ‘quick read’, that means it is a shorter story making it quicker to read. It is a romantic story about a girl who lives near the sea. 



If you are interested in learning more about the story, simply click on the title link above. Once there, you have the opportunity to read an extract from the book and enjoy some interactive exercises to test your reading comprehension skills.  

Here are a list of the exercises that you can do:

Task 1               Read the text

Task 2               Vocabulary Matching Exercise

Task 3               Comprehension

Task 4               Complete the Summary with Linking Words

Task 5               Listen and read

Transcript 

Answers


There are also good discussion ideas, giving you the opportunity to respond and practise your writing skills.

Learning English – 6 Minute English – Speak Any Language Instantly

Learning English – 6 Minute English – Speak Any Language Instantly


This resource tells you about a mobile application that understands any language through voice recognition and can respond.  What do you think about this? It could take away hours of potential studying!

Listen to the audio file, read the transcript, learn the designated vocabulary and engage in further reading tasks if you are interested in this story ( they are at the end of the PDF dialogue script)

Free E-learning Lesson from Macmillan – Inside Out Series

Two Countries

This is a Macmillan Inside Out Series TEFL learning resource I would suggest is probably at Intermediate level (B1). It may also be suitable for Pre-Intermediate TEFL learners (A2) It contains:-

– A reading gapfill exercise about the country of Bhutan

– Answers requiring questions to be formed for them

– Facts about another unknown country.  Try to guess which country it is.  Remember it begins with ‘B’.


Some Additional Websites to Research

Official website of the Bhutan Tourism Corporation, containing interesting facts and photos as well as conveying a sense of the government’s ambivalence towards tourism.

Facts about Bhutan from the US government’s Central Intelligence Agency website.

A guide to B—– from National Geographic, with photos, facts, map and a video

Other Lesson Resources

There is a teachers guide/answer key at:- 
http://www.insideout.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NIO513T-Two-countries.pdf

And a glossary of useful vocabulary for the exercises at 
http://www.insideout.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NIO513G-Two-countries.pdf

Learning English – Words in the News – Stagecoach

Learning English – Words in the News – Stagecoach

What do you think they use old trams for in Mexico City?



A BBC short video that firstly introduces 5 new words, the presenter then makes the video report explaining what the Mexicans use old trams for.  The 5 words are subtitled as they are used.  The video is then replayed with a full transcript which you can read. Finally you have the opportunity to use the 5 words learnt in a new context as a gapfill exercise.

Keep a note of the new vocabulary that you learn in your vocabulary book.

A Video Report on a School for Deaf Students in Jordan

The Holyland Institute for the Deaf 

by Brother Andrew de Carpetier

http://explore.org/#!/videos/player/talking-hands


Consider the quote:

“Blindness separates you from things, deafness separates you from people”


Practise listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at:- 
TEFL Global Resources Communicative Page 

I would suggest this TEFL Global Resource is suitable for Upper Intermediate/Advanced TEFL students.