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niamhmcnulty · May 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm

To practise writing and creativity skills. For Valentine’s Day, you could design Valentine’s Day cards together, making small baskets and everyone will use ‘traditional messages’. At the end, we can exchange cards and deposit them into each others’ baskets.

For pronunciation skills and recognition skills. For the dancing, we must watch some traditional dancing and then at the end match up the dancing costumes + shoes with the name of the dancing. And then the pronunciation of the types of dancing.

Practising reading skills. For the literature, I can show short clips of Winnie The Pooh, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter etc. then present the students with small sections of writing from the books/original material. The students must match the writing to a picture of the characters/book covers.

hespa001 · June 6, 2019 at 11:08 pm

At the beginning of the lesson you could give students you could introduce the idea of St George’s Day and then give students a short story of ‘George and the Dragon’. To practice their speaking and reading skills, the students could read the story aloud in pairs. The students could then create a storyboard based around the story to develop their writing skills. If students struggle with this they could be given some scaffold sentences to use and key vocab from the story which they need to include. Once the students have written their storyboard they could present it to the class, giving them another opportunity to practice their speaking skills.

jackmainwaring · June 9, 2019 at 8:12 pm

To teach students about important British holidays and festivals, they could be asked to produce posters to advertise an event/party to celebrate.

Students would be split into groups, each being assigned a holiday or festival for which they have been provided a sheet of information to read, detailing the time of year for the festival, the traditions observed, traditional food and drink etc.

The students should also be encouraged to ask questions for more information as well, in order to practise their speaking and listening skills. For example, bits of information could be left out of the fact sheets.

Based on what they have found out, they must then, in their groups, produce a poster to advertise a celebration based on their allocated holiday or festival. Focussing on certain persuasive language would aid their understanding of suitable writing styles. This could be developed further by asking each group to produce a different piece of writing, such as a letter, an invitation or an article.

The students could then also present their work to the rest of the class to further practise their speaking skills.

Sneha Lala · June 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm

To teach the children about Harry Potter they could be asked to sort themselves into houses and give a short presentation explaining why they chose their house.

The lesson could start with vocabulary about personality traits being introduced to explain the different houses. The students would then be asked to discuss in pairs which house they think they would be in and why. They would then be asked to write a couple of sentences saying which house and why to present to the class.

To make the presentation more exciting it could be performed like a sorting ceremony with a hat. The houses they pick could also be used in the future for any class games and competitions.

jla2g18 · June 14, 2019 at 3:45 am

For students to learn about Christmas, they can decorate Christmas decorations in the shape of various associated christmas items, e.g baubles, stars, reindeer etc that can be hung on a communal class tree.

Then a christmas song can be played with the lyrics on the board, and as a class students can sing along, practicing the new vocabulary, pronounciation and reading.

Evie Burrows · June 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm

(This activity is suggested for younger students.) For students to learn about afternoon tea, we could introduce the vocabulary (e.g. scone, tea, teacup…) through physical objects (fake cakes and plastic cups would probably be better for practical reasons). We present afternoon tea by looking at a video or some pictures. Then students are put into small groups, each group is given some objects. Students practice role-playing by pretending to offer each other or ask each other for items of food and drink or asking each other questions about the objects. For students experiencing difficulty, provide scaffolding on the board or a separate sheet of paper (example sentence constructions). For students who would like to be challenged, encourage them to practise more formal language (e.g. ‘would you like some…)

Patricia-Ioana Sfagau · June 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Cultural activity:dancing
Students would be shown a few videos of traditional English dances.
As students watch they will be asked to memorize some of the moves. When all the videos are over the teacher teaches the stid English one of the simples dances.
This way the students not only get to engage with the culture but also with each other, nevertheless it is a fun activity.

GeorgiaHarris · June 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm

Festivals – Halloween, introduce the concept of Halloween and talk about the different things people dress up. See if the students can think of anything spooky which they could dress up for as at Halloween.
Get the students to design their own Halloween costume drawing a picture and labeling it, this will also test other key vocab (colours, clothes).
Use traffic lights to see who is most confident with what they have produced, and get some of the students showing green to present their costumes to the class.
To end play a class game of charades acting out some of the things people might dress up as, with the whole class guessing.

ear42 · June 23, 2019 at 6:23 pm

Cultural Topic: Literature – Matilda by Roald Dahl
Activity: The class could take it in turns to read a sentence from a passage from Matilda. They could then indicate how well they feel they understood the passage using coloured card. Using this, the class would be split into mixed ability groups. In these groups they could recreate the scene from the passage either by creating a picture or by producing a role play. Both of which they can show to the rest of the class. This incorporates reading and speaking practice.

Emma Walsh · June 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh: Students could watch a short clip from Winnie-the-Pooh to introduce them to the characters and the setting, and then read a short excerpt from a story that describes the different characters. Then, students could be split into groups to create a poster drawing the different characters and writing characteristics around them e.g. animal, colours, clothing, characteristics, personality. Students could then feedback on their character to the rest of the group. This activity would involve listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, as well as potentially learning some new vocabulary such as new animals or adjectives.

Lizzie Avery · June 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Cultural topic: Afternoon tea.

Activity: Students to brainstorm what they need for an afternoon tea (cups, saucers, teapot, cakes, sandwiches etc.) Students could draw pictures of what they need and then label them to help them remember key vocabulary (by matching words to pictures). This will also help students organise their ideas for the following activity.

Follow-on activity: Students to write an invitation letter to a friend, inviting them to come over for afternoon tea. Students will need to include key details: when, where, why (is there an occasion) etc. This helps them practice their writing skills in a real-life, applicable context (letter), which requires certain vocabulary, structure and punctuation (for example, it opens with dear or to + the name of the receiver followed by a comma). Depending on the age and ability of students, this could be an informal or formal invitation. Variation: to make it more informal (and perhaps a more realistic task for younger and/or lower-level learners) the invitation could be a text or email.

mifei99 · June 25, 2019 at 11:14 pm

Football
Students explain why they support a certain team and debate the merits of each team with their classmates. The class watches a clip of a famous goal on mute and students write their own commentary of the goal using dramatic and engaging language. Students could then perform this commentary whilst the clip was playing.

jsm89 · June 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Music:
Students could suggest an English language song they may have heard of, and we can then listen to it (providing the facilities are available, and it is appropriate). Students can practise their listening skills by trying to identify key words in the song (especially words they had recently learnt; ideally the song would be chosen specifically). More comfortable students could discuss what they thought about the song, and even try to compare and contrast it to music they may be more used to.

juliazlot · June 26, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Christmas: Design your own Christmas cracker

The lesson could start with a short video explaining the tradition of Christmas crackers being placed around the table, what they contain and how this came about. The students would then all receive a worksheet with pictures of what crackers can contain which we would label as a class. Afterwards, the task would be for them to design their own Christmas crackers, coming up with ideas as to what they would like to find inside and what the outside design should be, which would bring in learning about colours, Christmas decorations and objects. I would walk around making sure no one was stuck for ideas or vocab and, at the end, some students could volunteer to share their crackers, receiving feedback on their presentation skills and ideas.

Stephen Grech · June 26, 2019 at 7:35 pm

The students could watch some Coldplay music videos like ‘Viva la Vida’ and then would be given lyric sheets to discuss the lyrics and what they mean. In the case of ‘Viva la Vida’: the story of a king. After this discussion, they could draw pictures that they feel relate to the song.

Leandra Thomson · June 26, 2019 at 9:37 pm

To teach students about Mothers’ and Fathers’ day, they could be shown a video and given a brief introduction into what the holiday is and why it is celebrated it. After that, students would be given a blank card where they would be asked to design and write a card for one (or if time allows, both) parent(s). The teacher can provide a few gap-fill sentences on the board so that students can check that their sentence structure matches the board and also act as a hint for students who may be struggling. Once students are finished, they could be put into pairs and asked to read their card to their partner. This way, students can help each other if they find any mistakes and also help them become more confident with their speaking abilities. This activity would help students become more familiar with card formatting while also helping them improve their writing and speaking abilities.

louisajc · June 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm

Divide classes into four groups, each one labelled as one of the Hogwarts Houses in Harry Potter. The groups would compete in a treasure hunt around the school campus with clues linked to magic and Harry Potter in some way. The clues would encourage the students to use English language skills. The group element encourages the students to work collaboratively and competitively whilst exploring an element of English culture.

SammyLappage · June 27, 2019 at 12:57 am

An activity based on Christmas could be used to develop writing skills as well as Christmas-themed vocabulary. Students could be introduced to the key messages included in a Christmas greeting and asked to write their own Christmas card to the person of their choice. The students would be allowed to decorate their card how they would like and would be encouraged to draw pictures and label them e.g. of a Christmas tree. This would make the writing task even more engaging and enjoyable.

Ross Moncrieff · June 27, 2019 at 11:39 am

Cultural topic: Tudor history

A lesson on Tudor history would introduce students to famous period of British history whilst emphasising more fun, cultural aspects. Looking at Henry VIII, his wives and Elizabeth I but also crucially costume, dress, buildings (castles and palaces as well as theatres like the globe). Could then get each person in the class to design their own Tudor “character”- they can draw the person, where they live and explain what their position in society is (Monarch, Noble, Merchant, Peasant etc.). This would be a good exercise language wise in trying to describe people and would be enabled by the teacher giving several sentence structures at the beginning of the class to help students describe different individuals.

sk948 · June 27, 2019 at 6:32 pm

Festivals – in groups of 3 students can research a festival and come up with a presentation on the festival. They will have a list of key questions that the have to answer.

angolanta · June 28, 2019 at 8:49 am

My chosen cultural topic is music. The students can learn about the main music genres and instruments. In order to practice listening and reading, the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams will be played in the classroom also providing the lyrics. The students can listen to it a first time and feel free to dance. Then the song can be broken down, identifying new vocabulary. To end the activity the class can practice singing along.

caisealbeardow · June 29, 2019 at 9:54 am

London Fashion Week – students could practice speaking and writing. First, the students label images of outfits as a class, calling out the correct words for each item of clothing the teacher points at. These are written on the board for further reference. Next, students are asked in pairs to design their own Fashion Week outfit, labelling each item of clothing or accessory. The teacher moves around the classroom, checking on students and providing help or asking follow-up questions to challenge depending on the students’ ability. Finally, a few pairs are asked to present their Fashion Week outfit, describing the items of clothing including related vocabulary such as colours and sizes, in addition to the core vocabulary of the lesson. The rest of the class review the outfits, with randomly picked students being asked to say one or two sentences that express their opinions on each outfit.

Laura Fantuzzi · June 30, 2019 at 4:18 pm

To learn more about British food, watch a short video on how to make some typical British food. I write down all the ingredients and the main verbs. Then, I will ask them to get into groups, and create their own recipe by mixing the new words they have learned, and after present their creation with a little drawing. So, they will practice writing skills as well as speaking skills.
We could even actually make some British food together if there is time?

Gayatri · July 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

The students, in groups, are given the task to form new houses, with new names, logos, and slogans. They have to present to the rest of the class the idea behind the house, and the values it represents.

In their houses, the students must take part in a treasure hunt around the school, which would test their vocabulary e.g. colours, shapes, directions etc.

The winning house gets a prize.

RebeccaRM · July 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm

For fashion, the students could be split into small groups and assigned an outfit together with information and a picture. They then make a poster about the outfit, and give a short presentation of it to the class. The poster requires them to skim the information for the important facts to include on the poster, and the presentation means they practice speaking.

ioanadiac · July 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

The topic of food; afternoon tea and British tea

I would find a video about British tea and afternoon tea to show the students, asking them to jot down any keywords or phrases they pick up from it. Then I would get the students to match up the images with the correct words to learn the key vocabulary such as ‘tea cup, saucer, spoon, scone, sandwiches, cakes, dessert’ etc. Then I would get them to design a poster to advertise a restaurant that serves afternoon tea with the aim for students to incorporate as much key vocab as they can.

ciaran duncan · July 2, 2019 at 9:01 pm

For students to learn about Christmas they could listen to a few famous Christmas songs to develop their listening skills and pick up some new vocabulary. Then they could write Christmas cards to each other (developing their grip on letter writing) and read them out, and write Christmas lists for themselves.

Alec · July 3, 2019 at 1:17 pm

British food – As a class, we will attempt to follow a recipe (in English) and make a traditional dish. This can be used as part of CLIL as we practice reading and cooking. Students can learn vocabulary specific to cooking e.g common ingredients as well as different measurements (pounds, ounces, grams etc)

laiq.nagi · July 3, 2019 at 11:35 pm

For festivals the students could make cards for Christmas and Easter and write appropriate messages in them to practise writing skills. For speaking and reading skills we could use literature, the students could be given a passage from one of the harry Potter books and could read it aloud in pairs. Alternatively, we could listen to British music so that the students could pick up new vocabulary.

lun3rzhu · July 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm

For History, can introduce students to the history of the British Monarchy and lifestyle e.g. living in castles etc. To make this an activity, they could role-play and dress-up from a simple script about different members of a historic royal family and the royal court, and perform to the rest of the class.

For assessment, a gap-fill activity to assess their ability to name different items and members of the royal family.

For feedback, post-its to ensure adequate understanding.

AhmedImam · July 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm

A cultural topic of British history in the Victorian era could be approached as a reading and speaking activity. After being given a piece of text that explains a certain element of Victorian Britain e.g. high society which the class will initially read together, rotating speakers to allow students to improve their pronunciation and confidence in speaking to a group of people. Afterwards there will be a comprehension exercise where the content of the text will be looked at, starting with looking at the facts that are given and then later asking students for their own interpretation of the content. The class will then have a final activity which would consist of groups of students giving small presentations that answer the question if they would have wanted to live during this era.

dkatsanos · July 8, 2019 at 12:59 am

The lesson could be focuses around British Music. Students could potentially listen to the live version of Bohemian Rhapsody at Montreal in 1981 while watching at the live performance as well. The lyrics tell the story of a man who just killed someone and feels sorry that he made his mother hurt. The lyrics, although brilliant, are fairly simple to understand and I believe that more advanced students could easily cope with them. Possible exercises include : fill in the gaps in the lyrics while listening to the song i.e. listening exercise , learning the lyrics to the song and singing along which could help with pronunciation and speaking skills.

Issy · July 8, 2019 at 3:21 pm

An activity based around “British” food could involve giving examples of poplar breakfast lunch and dinner items. Students can then compare these to traditional Chinese meals and also comment on if they think the British food would be nice. This would allow students to practice forming opinion statements, and also using comparison words.

keyasajip · July 8, 2019 at 8:35 pm

A ceilidh dance can be a fun way of learning instructional verbs. The teacher could show the class a video clip of some Ceilidh dancing and some key unique moves to Ceilidh dancing such as the ‘Do-si-do’ and then split the class into groups. Within each group one person can be in charge of giving the instructions for different dance moves and the rest of the group do the dance. Within the group they can rotate roles and perform their dance to the class at the end.

cbourne · July 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm

Ask students to plan a concert like the British ‘Proms’. Over the course of a couple of lessons, students could be introduced to the Proms and learn songs to perform. They could then create a poster, advertising material and a concert programme, before putting on the concert to friends or family.

Jenni.Visuri · July 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Fashion: students could design items of clothing such as hats, skirts, dresses etc out of different materials such as newspaper and tape. They can then do a fashion show where one student wears the item, and another student describes the item.

ld557 · July 9, 2019 at 9:44 pm

For the topic of festivals, students could have an activity in a lesson on Halloween where they are tasked with creating a poster designing and annotating their own ‘monster’, with certain prompting questions being asked e.g. how many eyes will your monster have? What colour will your monster be? What will it wear? This would help them to revise certain vocabulary whilst learning about Halloween as a cultural phenomenon and developing their writing skills through annotation. Students could also present their monster to the class to develop their speaking skills.

philippakirby · July 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Food: First the students receive a handout of a menu at a British restaurant with some items that are completely out of place and have to pick the correct ones. Then students could do a role-play where they have to order a starter, main and dessert in a restaurant- the most creative combination wins. The students could draw their own plate of the British food they think they would enjoy the most and label the items on the plate.

gskaza · July 11, 2019 at 12:13 am

Thanksgiving: The children would be shown a short video outlining the American holiday Thanksgiving, and the traditional food that would be served, (making it clear to them that this is known of in England but not widely celebrated). The students could then each draw a type of food they would like to bring to their imagined thanksgiving dinner, and we could make a group display of our class dinner table. To extend this the students would be encouraged to discuss in pairs what they are thankful for, asking the teacher for guidance with vocabulary. The students who indicate green traffic lights would then report this back to the class orally, and the teacher would correct any major errors.

christianmadla · July 11, 2019 at 12:33 am

Cultural topic of choice – Festivals
This activity would mainly be aimed to students at an intermediate/advanced level. Initially, the students can be taught the necessary vocabulary. For example, in terms of Christmas, relevant vocabulary could include: Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, decorations, Christmas related foods etc. Then students can be placed into groups, where each group relates to a different holiday. Each group can then write an imaginary social media/blog post where they would describe a typical day for someone of their age during their corresponding holiday. Afterwards, each group will present their post with one another. To identify students who are struggling with vocabulary and/or grammar, the traffic light system can be used between different stages within this activity.

AliceKennedy · July 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Use a traditional dance class as an engaging way to teach about culture as well as parts of the body, and writing/reading instructions. Discussion of clothing and colour could also be incorporated through an explanation of the traditional dress worn for the dance, if applicable.

Hayley Hilson · July 12, 2019 at 12:15 am

Topic: Christmas (festivals)
Students are given a sheet with true and false statements about Christmas in the UK and they must decide whether each statement is true or false (practising reading skills). Students are encouraged to work together and discuss their ideas (practising speaking skills). The teacher will then feed back to the class with the correct answers, and explain each tradition to them.

serenalhayes · September 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm

Students will make pancakes as part of learning about Shrove Tuesday (pancake day). Whilst making the pancakes guided by the teacher and teaching assistant, students will become familiar with the names of the key ingredients in English (flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc). Students will be able to personalise their pancake with a topping of their choice, such as banana, jam, chocolate, etc.

Adilah Hameed · October 2, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Activity is to be able to write a sentence is past, present and future tense through gap fill so they know which words change. I did this over the summer with the topic of animals and it worked really well. Collaborative learning meant that other learnt from a more knowledgable other who was usually their peer and not just the teacher or teaching assistant!

Adilah Hameed · October 2, 2019 at 9:06 pm

I would teach Roald Dahl and use books such as The Twits, Matilda, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a basis. I could use various pictures from the movie to illustrate colours, equipment etc and this way they can engage learn.

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