B28 – (a) is famous for (b) because (c) – from Smith’s School of English one point series
The first item on the menu was a review of the one point from last lesson. The red student quickly said Kyoto is famous for temples because there are a lot of them. I was impressed with her initiative and speed at answering – but soon found out why. “That’s what I said last time!” said the green student. Ack, first come, first serve. Knowing she’d recently been on holiday, I asked her about that to the tune of Mexico is famous for tacos of course… and we all know why!
11 the restaurant 2 – from Smith’s School of English routine series
Which brings us to the routine. Because these were higher level students, I decided to mix things up a bit. With the routine in mind, both of the students told a recent restaurant story. When finished, the other student and I asked them extra questions. For example, – What was the special? How did you know that? Did you tip the waiter? This gave them both the opportunity to talk a little about their own experience, as well as practice sentence patterns. Being friendly already, they were very comfortable with this and had a chance to catch up with one another’s busy lives within the English school lesson plan.
Vocabulary Lesson 14 – from Smith’s School of English Series
I wrote up the twelve words on the board, and options for using them. On a silly whim I dubbed the dice “the magical dice of fun”, knowing that positive language creates positive thoughts. Not only did the students repeatedly call it “the magical dice of fun” but laughed a lot when completing the tasks. A lot of expansive conversation stemmed naturally, from the vocabulary exercises too. For example “Who do you think is greedy?” turned into a discussion of how much (or little) attention we all pay to use-by dates and one student’s fantastic miming of digging through the supermarket fridge to find that one carton of milk with the longest expiry date.
B40 – Last night I saw on TV/ read in the newspaper a show/an article about (a).
Sometimes you don’t know what you’re in for with one points… One student had seen a show on TV about the ideal boyfriend, which ended up with all of us running overtime wanting to talk about that!