Pancake Day EFL Lesson Ideas

Pancake Day - pancakes with strawberries

Pancake Day is just around the corner, which means everyone in the UK will be preparing to make delicious crispy pancakes! The proper name for Pancake Day is of course Shrove Tuesday, the day when people traditionally used up all their luxury foods – milk, sugar and eggs – to make pancakes before they began fasting for Lent.

Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 13th February this year. Read on to find out all about this mini celebration day and its religious origins. We’ve included an easy pancake recipe, plus we have some great ideas for Pancake Day EFL lessons!   Continue reading

Movember Brings Moustaches to the EFL Classroom

MovemberHappy Movember everyone! As we move into the last half of the month we hope you are still enjoying this famous November event and wearing your ‘taches with pride! Movember is the annual moustache-growing charity event that takes place every November. The Movember Foundation raises funds to support the fight against men’s cancers, while raising awareness for men’s health.

Many universities and colleges are joining in the event this month with students either growing their own moustache or wearing a false one. As English language teachers, we can get in on the act by raising awareness for the charity event in our lessons. Now where is my stick-on curly ‘Poirot’?
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Halloween EFL Lesson Plans: Ghostly Games and Eerie Ideas

Halloween PumpkinsIt’s that spooky time of year again! The ghosts and ghouls come out to play on 31st October and pumpkins with scary faces will adorn many a doorstep. Halloween is that one night a year when it is OK to frighten your neighbours – you might even get sweets!

Indeed, Halloween is upon us and this is one of those celebrations that has its own vocabulary. This is the therefore the perfect time to think about Halloween EFL lesson plans and inject some fun Halloween vocabulary games into your EFL class. Continue reading

European Day of Languages

European Day Of Languages 2014The celebrations will continue all this week to mark the European Day of Languages! This annual event is all about celebrating other cultures through language learning. Since the Council of Europe in Strasbourg initiated the special day in 2001, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year on 26th September and throughout the week with a range of events organised across Europe.

From international conferences and TV programmes to language clubs, games, talks and home celebrations, everyone can get involved – teachers, students, universities, schools and individuals. Decorate your house with flags, cook up some tasty food, open your phrase books and check out the special events taking place near you as we get ready for this multi-cultural and multi-lingual day! Continue reading

The FA Cup Final Inspires a Football-Themed EFL Lesson

FA Cup Final TrophyThe FA Cup Final takes place today! Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out to see who will lift the coveted trophy. Now is the perfect time to teach football vocabulary and use the theme of football to practice the English language.

There are so many football phrases that students can learn to help them enjoy watching the game on English TV. Teachers can use the matches to create fun FA Cup EFL lesson plans for speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises.

There are many collocations distinct to football, so the FA Cup Final is a great opportunity to get students enjoying an exciting footy-themed EFL lesson. Continue reading

English Tongue Twisters for Pronunciation Practice

Swan tongue twisterEnglish tongue twisters are great for pronunciation practice as they really help you to enunciate your words properly. They are also good for showing you just where you need help with your letter formation. For English language learners, tongue twisters can seem like hard work, but its worth mastering a couple in your target language because they are fun ways to learn more about the relationships between words and sounds. She sells sea shells, anyone? Continue reading

Bingo Your Way to a Fun and Innovative Vocabulary Lesson

Use bingo to teach EnglishUsing bingo to teach English might sound like a strange idea. However, using games in EFL lessons is a great way to make classes more fun and keep students entertained. Games are useful for introducing vocabulary in context, in an innovative way. There are many ways to use bingo to teach English.

Bingo is one game everyone has heard of and a fun game that can be used to teach new vocabulary, numbers and grammar points, depending on how you create your bingo cards.

It is easy to use bingo to teach English. All you need is paper and a pen – so grab your bingo dabbers and let’s prepare an innovative bingo game for EFL learners! Continue reading

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the EFL Classroom

st patricks day - Irish leprechaun

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner falling on Friday 17th March. This is a great time to present some new vocabulary relating to Ireland and Irish folklore. Our St Patrick’s Day lesson includes interesting words and phrases relating to Ireland along with lots of interesting facts about this Irish holiday. We have even prepared a tasty recipe for making your own traditional ‘boxty’ – Irish potato pancakes! Read on to discover more about St Patrick’s Day. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day EFL Lesson Ideas – Love is in the Air!

Valentine's Day EFL Lesson Plan - Romantic VocabularyValentine’s Day vocabulary will be making its way into EFL classrooms this month! Love is in the air as the 14th February quickly approaches. With so much vocabulary linked to this most romantic of days, this is the perfect time to introduce some new words and phrases to the class.

English vocabulary can be brought into an EFL Valentine’s Day lesson plan in various ways, including listening to songs, reading poems or letters, talking about activities or writing love letters and greetings cards. There are lots of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the EFL classroom this week. So go ahead and light the pink candles – it’s time to explore Valentine’s Day vocabulary in a romantic EFL lesson! Continue reading