It’s doing the rounds of the internet – an Italian YouTube chef shows how frustrating and impossible the English language can sometimes be.
In the video quite simply he just wants to say “Worcestershire Sauce”.
But Pasquale Sciarappa fails and in the end he gets fed up and comments, “I don’t know what kind of country this came from, but I’m Italian – so I’ll read…
Just a Minute is a very popular British radio quiz game which is ideal for the TEFL classroom and great for practicing speaking skills.
It’s very simple to prepare and great fun to play. Best for small groups but it can be played with larger groups if you prepare it well. It works best, perhaps, with Intermediate and above level students.
The principle of the game…
Pronunciation Whispers is a quick and effective variation on the Chinese Whispers/Telephone game where students pass a message along a line to practice pronunciation.
First, identify a pronunciation issue with your class. This will depend on their background and level, but for example the class may have difficulties with the various vowel sounds so you might write up this list on the board:
One Word Speeches is a very simple activity which needs very little preparation but which is highly effective in giving your students practice in all four skills, especially listening and speaking.
It is very flexible and in different forms it works for both beginners right up to highly advanced students, for writing as well as speaking.
Explaining the Activity
The first time you run…
Conversation classes are those based almost entirely around getting the students to speak. This contrasts with classes where the other skills are employed.
Often native English teachers will be used in conversation classes in foreign schools; sometimes this will be alongside a local assistant to help out.
See Speaking for the main article on teaching speaking…
Speaking is one of the four main language skills. In general it is the second skill to be acquired after listening. Later comes reading and writing.
There are many areas to speaking and this article looks at the main concerns you, as a teacher, should have here.
General Ideas about Speaking
Before expecting the class to speak, you need to prepare them for the task. This helps…
In linguistics, the term Language Register is used to talk about the type of language a person might use in a certain social context, in other words, how formally they will speak.
A speaker might say I never done nuffin’ when talking to their friends, but when presented before the Queen that same speaker may well change the way they speak and say…
Storytelling is an ancient art that developed alongside the development of language and it is one of the earliest forms of folkart.
The story can be of a real event or it can be made up. Storytelling has been used over the millennia not only as a means of entertainment but also of education.
Storytelling techniques can be used to get TEFL students to practice listening…
Tongue Twisters are useful ways to practice pronunciation with your class, especially if the sound you are practicing does not exist in the students’ mother tongue.
For example, the /ʃ/ sound does not exist in Greek and is often pronounced /s/ by Greek students. This means students there will often say sip instead of ship.
So, students in Greece can often benefit from: