Thank you to everyone who took part in the World's Largest Lesson 2003. Results,
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This week's newsletter has two new features: the hot topic and
the teacher tip. If your class is hot on a particular subject send us an email
about it. Send in the feedback from your class discussions. You can also send
in your tips. If you want to take a picture of your class talking about the hot
topic, send it to us with the names of your students and we'll post it on the
site and in the newsletter.
For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving we
hope you had a great turkey day. For the rest of you we hope that you've had a
great week teaching. We look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.
Something about fame really
fascinates us, and our students. There are too many Instant Lessons about famous
people to list here, but search
the library using the key word 'famous' or 'fame', and you'll find lessons
featuring, among others, Brad Pitt, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Aniston, Bono,
Kate Moss, Luciano Pavarotti, Britain's Prince William, Eminem, Stephen Hawking,
Kofi Annan, Yehudi Menuhin, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Barbara Cartland, Pierce Brosnan,
Dustin Hoffman, Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, Sir Edmund Hillary... and more!!
Lessons - At the movies
The trailer's been leaked! Or was it released
secretly? Whatever way it happened, the trailer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner
of Azkaban is now out. You won't be getting to see the movie for a while, but
you can get Instant Lessons about Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, such as "Harry
Potter Author Popular" (Intermediate) and "Chitty Chitty Flying Ford
Anglia" (Upper-Intermediate). Check out this week's featured lessons and
don't forget that December 1st marks the release of "Return of the King"
the third movie in the Lord of the Rigns Trilogy.
Visit the featured lessons page here.
Are you teaching mixed level classes? Try these ideas. . .
Pairing slow students / better students.
Creating banks of prepared
extension activities. Faster learners access these when finished.
two ability groups, do jigsaw listening / reading activities (same topic). Students
then compare information.
Send your feedback on the tips and your handy
hints to us. We'll include the best tips in the upcoming newsletters.
are this week's new resources:
Elementary Instant Workbook
- Never Too Old To Learn
They just keep on studying.
vocabulary - "keep +-ing" and grammar - pronouns.
Instant Lesson - The Iceman
An Icelandic fishing captain, known as "the
Iceman" for his tough character, grabbed a 660-pound (300-kilogram) shark
with his bare hands as it swam in shallow water toward his crew, a witness said.
(Bizarre stories, sharks, fishing, Iceland and Greenland, predicting, mixed sentences,
pronouns, suffixes, writing a rescue story, sea creature vocabulary.)
Advanced Instant Lesson - Can We Share?
A U.S. doctor leading a highly
unusual campaign to protest his exclusion from this year's Nobel Prize for medicine
appealed to the two winners to insist he share the prestigious award. (Nobel prize,
brainstorming, scanning, complete the table, explain the headline, comprehension,
thinking carefully, error recognition, matching sentences, web research.)
Grammar - "By" used to say how something is done
two sentences: 1. He climbed the wall using a rope. 2. He broke into the house
by breaking the window. Why do you have to add "by" in the second sentence
but not in the first?
Weekly Warmer - Idioms - True and False - Old
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be
a lot of fun!
here to access this week's new resources.
of the week:
"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those
that wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not
reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows
shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall
be king." - J. R. R. Tolkien.