If you are teaching TOEFL Speaking, this lesson series is perfect for you.
Included in the bundle are 6 complete PPT lessons (one for each TOEFL Speaking question) and more than 40 audio files to accompany the practice questions.
-To introduce the type of question
-To clarify the exam question timing (reading / listening/ preparation and speaking time)
-To recommend a clear note taking strategy
-To provide a clear structure for how to answer each question
-To give a clear speaking frame with sentence starters for guidance
-To give useful and relevant advice for answering each question
-To offer a model question and high level example answer
-To provide further example questions for extra practice
-Questions 3-6 each come with 10 audio files to assist with the listening element these questions. There are also teacher transcripts of these dialogues and monologues.
Aim: Students practise spelling, mental arithmetic and solving anagrams while playing the British game show, Countdown.
Aim: Students learn about phonemes and compete in a Jeopardy style quiz (Phoneme focus: /ʌ/- /u:/ -/ɔ:/- /i:/ )
Aim: Students review their vocabulary and spelling while playing 3 rounds of the British game show, Chain Letters.
Aim: Students review their vocabulary and spelling while finding obscure answers to general knowledge questions.
Aim: Students learn about common English idioms try to guess expressions with the help of picture and GIF clues.
Million Dollar Drop
Aim: Students gamble with game money while reviewing multiple choice questions about common grammar errors.
Aim: Students find links between connected words then create unique reasons to justify why other words are unconnected.
Aim: for students to understand when and how to use euphemisms
Students discuss the reasons for using Euphemisms. Then students are introduced to many examples of euphemisms and must use them in writing and speaking activities.
Aim: To teach students different types of weather and how to read the temperature
Level: Elementary / Lower-Intermediate
Best suited as a review for students who have already learned many weather words and want to put them together into sentences. (This lesson could be split into two lessons for weaker groups.)
Weather adjectives - cold / rainy / stormy / windy / cloudy / sunny / snowy / foggy / overcast / hot
A range of temperatures - e.g. - 5°C - 1°C 0°C 1°C 5°C
Grammar: Students should be able to talk about the weather today, yesterday and tomorrow using clear sentence structures.
Aim: Students learn 6 new words related to crime and practise using adverbs of certainty. Students work together in 2 murder mystery roleplays in which they need to piece together the evidence to catch the killers.
It can’t be…
It probably isn’t…
It may/might/could be…
It probably is…
It definitely is…
Aim: to practise speaking about the future and making predictions
(In this lesson students begin by discussing fortune telling in their country. Then they will read a story about a fortune teller and answer comprehension questions. Following that, they will pretend to read each other’s fortunes using basic tarrot cards and palm reading.)
Aim: Students learn about Christmas traditions and words related to Christmas.
Vocabulary set: Rudolf, Santa Claus, Reindeer, Christmas Pudding, Star, Sleigh, Christmas Tree, Snowman, Stocking, Christmas Present, Chimney, Turkey
Activities: Vocab games, Writing a Christmas wish list, Making a Christmas card
The teacher pretends to be Santa Claus and gives a presentation about their life followed by questions.
Then the students prepare presentations about their lives while pretending to be different characters.
(Characters: The Abominable Snowman, Buddy the Elf, Rudolph, Olaf the Snowman, The Grinch and Elsa)
Aim: Students learn specific Christmas vocabulary so that they can complete a listening gap fill to a Christmas song.
Vocabulary set: Presents, Stocking, Christmas Tree, Santa, Reindeer, Toys, North pole, Fireplace, Lights, Sleigh, Mistletoe
Song: Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is you
This lesson series was developed for my National Geographic Educator Certification Program. To complete the program I had to make a video explanation of the lesson aims and outcomes. You can watch the video to get a sense of the lesson by clicking the NG Capstone project link.
Students learn about Panda Conservation then take action to create posters that raise awareness about other mistreated animals in China.
Panda Conservation Lesson
1- Pre-teach the conservation language (habitat, poacher, predator etc)
2- Reading tasks (transcript from a video)
3- Listening tasks (watch the video)
4- In depth comprehension questions about the reading and charts.
5- Discussion - Is the Panda safe from extinction?
China’s Wildlife Protection Law Lesson
1- Introduce the situation of bear bile farms, tiger farms and shark finning
2- In groups, students do independent research and create posters
3- Students share what they’ve learned with each other
Aim: students learn about 9 different types of TV Show and practise asking for and giving opinions about them.
Vocabulary set: The news, Sport, Talk show, Crime drama, Documentary, Game show, Cartoon, Soap opera, Advertisement, R emote control, TV channel, a couch potato, to channel hop
What do you think about (TV Show)?
I like/ don’t like watching (TV show) because it’s + adjective
Level: Beginner - Elementary (Could be made harder for Lower Intermediate)
Aim: Students learn about pirates and make a treasure map.
Vocabulary: beach, lake, mountain, volcano, island, castle, river, forest, desert, cave
Grammar: in the north of / to the north of
Level: Upper-intermediate (adult political themes)
Aim: Students learn more about graffiti and the different motivations behind this illegal activity.
Students read 3 brief newpaper reports about Banksy’s political graffiti. (Anti-immigration pigeons, Steve Jobs in the Calais refugee camp, French Embassy teargas incident)
Students discuss the effectiveness of using street art to draw the media’s attention to politically sensitive topics.
**Aim: ** Students learn about different crimes and punishments and discuss them with a partner. At the end of the lesson they discuss a case in which two tourists in Thailand were sentenced to 10 years in prison for doing graffiti on an old city wall.
robbery, assault, fraud, vandalism, arson, murder, kidnapping, possessing drugs
community service, execution, fine, prison, solitary confinement, rehabilitation
Aim: Students learn/ review 15 words for places in a city then practise asking for and giving directions.
Vocabulary in this lesson:
Grammar in this lesson:
The hotel is on 3rd Street.
The hotel is opposite the restaurant.
The café is next to the hotel.
The hotel is between the café and the cinema.
The school is behind the hotel.
The café is at the corner of 1st Street and 3rd Street.
Level: Lower-Upper Intermediate
1 Students learn about different memory techniques that can assist learning English (tips for remembering names, breaking a long word into smaller chunks, using mnemonics etc.)
2 Students practise training their brains by remembering information in different memory games (the name game, memorising numbers and words, spot the missing word review, pair picture descriptions)
Level: Intermediate +
Aim: Students learn about Psychology (the study of the mind and human behaviour) and psychology tests. Students try 4 psychology tests (The Rorschach Inkblot , The Stroop Effect, The Cube, A Personality Quiz) and work together with a partner while discussing them.
Aim: Students read an article about a man who marries a robot.
In this lesson they:
Predict useful words from the title and pictures
Discuss the topic
Reading skills 2 - (With handout Plumff and Jubulu)
Aim: Students practise using context to help understand unknown words.
In this lesson they:
-Discuss context clues
-Read a text including made up words and answer reading comprehension questions
-Read a text including very difficult vocabulary and match synonyms
WARNING - This lesson is just an example of what you could teach about hobbies. It cannot be used exactly how it is.
If you want to use this lesson, you will need to change many slides to personalise it about your own hobby.
Aim: Students practise fluency in speaking and listening while giving a presentation about their main hobby and asking questions about their peer’s hobbies.
The Lesson plan:
1 Students brainstorm as many hobbies as they can think of then discuss which ones they love/hate
2 The teacher gives a presentation about their own hobby (What, when, where, who, why, how)
(These slides must be created on your own. I have uploaded my own example to give you an idea.)
3 Students then ask the teacher follow-up questions about their hobby.
4 Next students prepare to talk about their hobby.
In small groups they take turns to present and ask further questions.
5 Finally, students discuss past and future hobbies.
This lesson aims to develop student public speaking skills, teamwork and fluency. Students must work together to create stories for each picture and tell them to the group.
For more unique variations of this lesson, please see “ESL Picture Presentation Lessons”.