24 Aug 2014

Children 2B - Unit 7


Learn these clothes items:
Link to this Clothes set on Quizlet. Click here.

Clothes Balloon Burst Game. Click here.

Clothes Concentration Game. Click here.

Clothes Online exercise. Click here.


Let's review the COLOURS.

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Match the Kit Colours + Clothes game. Click here.

Phonics Time

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10 Jun 2014

18 Feb 2013



4 Mar 2012

Experimenting with Error Correction

Having been teaching for over 25 years, I guess I have experimented with most of the techniques in error correction. Generally speaking, I tend to do on the spot correction (mostly recasting) whenever I am presenting new language and focusing on form. My main aim in using this technique is to avoid stopping the flow and to maintain good rapport with the students, as I consider the latter of utmost importance in the class. As to the use stage, I do delayed correction using the interactive whiteboard to show examples of both impeding mistakes and great use of the language. In fact, I must admit that I correct a lot less nowadays as I have realized that, because mistakes are an essential component of learning, and genuine communication is always based on improvisation, they will continue to happen. I believe that focusing on the content and effective communication is much more meaningful and motivating for students.

One of the few resources I had not used for error correction was recording. After reading Steven Herder's description of an error correction activity on his post on the iTDi blog, I decided to use recording with a group of teenagers preparing for the FCE exam. After the students had practised describing a picture in pairs, they were asked to record the description of another pair of pictures using their smart phones or any other device. I then asked them to take their recording home, listen to it and transcribe their description as graphically as possible. They were then to use a different colour pen to correct it and bring the material in the following class.

To my surprise, not only did the students enjoy the activity, they were also able to correct most of their mistakes and were interested in finding out how many right corrections they had made and how many mistakes they hadn’t corrected. To give them answers to their questions, first they were asked to sit with a partner, swap transcripts and try to correct mistakes that had been left uncorrected. As they did this, I walked around and offered help. Then I put the most significant/impeding mistakes on the IWB and elicited the correction from the whole class. If no one was able to correct the mistake, I inductively made them realize what the mistake was (eg by asking questions). The rationale for this is my belief that the class as whole can learn from mistakes made by other students.

The class asked me to use this technique in the following class again, a fact which I took as a positive outcome. I now want to try this technique with another group and I do hope they enjoy the activity and benefit from it as much as my exam preparation class did.

27 Sep 2011

26 Sep 2011

25 Sep 2011

CH1B- Unit 8

Food: Fruit & Vegetables

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CH1B- Unit 7 - FOOD & DRINKS

CH1B- Unit 7 - FOOD & DRINKS 

Food & Drinks

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Phonics Time - "s" or "z"

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24 Sep 2011


Let's learn the family members

Source: http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/family/

22 Sep 2011

CH3B- Unit 8

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CH3B- Unit 7

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And this one too:

Watch this video and sing the song

Phonics Time

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21 Sep 2011

JU 2B - Summaries

UNIT 5 – Part 1
Emma was late for the training. Kathy phoned her but she wasn’t at home. Kathy saw her at break yesterday. Emma finally arrived and the girls started to exercise with Andrew. They thought it was really difficult. Andrew told Kathy that she was a natural athlete! Later Emma told David she was tired because she'd exercised for two hours. She did some exercise, ran for an hour, trained at the gym and did press-ups. She complained that Andrew was very rude. He shouted and insulted them. But Kathy likes him and thinks he’s fantastic.

UNIT - 5 Part 2
Jack doesn’t see Mr. Price because he made a scratch on his car on Saturday. Mr. Price didn’t get angry with Jack because he didn’t see it but Kathy is really angry with him. She thinks he was dishonest and she doesn’t like dishonest people. To make the situation worse, Andrew heard Jack saying what he did to Mr. Price’s car.

UNIT 6 - Part 1      
Andrew is a nasty character and he doesn’t like the fact that Jack had to give him his Dunston Bulls basketball to keep Andrew from telling Mr. Price about the scratch on his car. David thinks Andrew’s going to make more problems for Jack. Jack himself must tell Mr. Price about the scratch.

UNIT 6 - Part 2 
Emma and Jessica are really angry with Andrew. He’s rude and bad-tempered. He says they must go to all training sessions, they must go to bed at 10 o’clock every night, they mustn’t go to bed late and they must eat healthy food: they mustn’t eat junk food. They all think that’s ridiculous, except Kathy. Kathy thinks Andrew is great and he likes her. Emma and Jessica think Kathy is mad.

UNIT 7- Part 1
David and Jack are talking about girls. They were training with Andrew at the sports centre yesterday. They train every day but Kathy wasn’t training on Tuesday. She was getting sponsors for the run. Jack is sad because Andrew was with her. He invites David to get some sponsors at the shopping centre. They meet Kathy there but she doesn’t want to talk to Jack. She tells Andrew that Jack is pathetic. Andrew is very happy. He loves making problems for Jack.

UNIT 7- Part 2
The training was terrible for Jessica and Emma. They could do the running but they couldn’t do the press-ups. Emma can’t understand why Andrew is helping them. They don’t like Andrew and Andrew doesn’t like them. Emma thinks he likes Kathy but Jessica tells her that he doesn’t. Andrew was talking to some friends at school and Kathy could hear him. He said he wanted to make problems for Jack and Kathy. Poor Kathy! She really likes Andrew.

UNIT 8 - Part 1
Emma feels they must tell Kathy about Andrew’s real intentions but Jessica doesn’t agree with Emma. She thinks Kathy won’t listen to them and she will be angry. Later Kathy, Emma and Jessica go to the High Street talking to a woman when the girls appear. Kathy tries to get the woman to sponsor their run. Jack is angry because he was talking to the woman before they arrived. They start arguing and make the woman drop all her shopping. The woman thinks they are mad.

UNIT 8 - Part 2
The girls and the boys feel really bad after the incident with the woman on the High Street. They want to understand what’s wrong with them. Emma starts saying that Andrew is responsible for their fights. Kathy gets really angry and sys that Emma is jealous and that they are not her friends anymore. Later Kathy comes back to apologize. She knows they are right about Andrew. They decide to stop fighting. They shouldn’t be separate teams. They should as a team, the Friends United. Kathy apologizes to Jack, too. Jack tells her she’s right about one thing: he should tell Mr. Price about the scratch on his car.

UNIT 9 - Part 1
It’s the day of the run. Jack is not here. Emma and Kathy are worried. If Jack is late, he won’t start the run. What they don’t know is that Jack is at Mr. Price’s house apologizing for the scratch he made on his car. Mr. Price forgives Jack. Andrew starts talking to Kathy. He says Jack is afraid of the run and that he’ll be surprised if Jack finishes the run. Kathy interrupts his nasty comments. She tells him to his face that she knows what he was up to. She tells him to go away. They all get on their marks and the run starts.

UNIT 9 - Part 2
It was a very difficult race. Jessica was tired. She thought she couldn’t finish it. They all supported and encouraged her. About half a mile to go Jack fell off his bike, hurt his leg and he couldn’t walk anymore. Jessica and Kathy helped him. And they did it. They finished the race together, as a team. Congratulations, Friends United!

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Chiew Pang on RSCON3 2011