Just published two articles on the topic of improving self-study books, homework materials, etc.
20 things wrong with most self-study materials
Activities that match the questions in students’ heads
After reading them, you can check out my attempt at making better self-study, and then comment below on anything I said you should be doing and I didn’t, or anything even more important I missed:
Really Learn the Most Useful Telephoning phrases e-book
On top of my new book on English phone calls, have just put up a list of the most important language and an article on the most important part of the call:
The 100 most useful telephoning phrases (for students, but also useful for planning classes/ writing materials)
How to start phone calls in English (ditto)
Really Learn the Most Useful Emailing Phrases e-book
More telephoning articles for students coming up in June and am also planning similar lists of useful language, articles for students and e-books on other vital areas like emailing and presentations (in the unlikely event that my masterplan works out and gives me the time…)
After 20 years in TEFL and more than ten publishing my ideas and worksheets, I’ve finally put together a whole book of materials – and one that goes against almost everything I’ve done so far. First of all, it’s a self-study book that learners can use (completely) on their own. More importantly, I’ve really concentrated on giving students throrough practice of only the language they most need (rather than rushing through everything that might possibly be useful like many of my previous worksheets and most other self-study books) . To achieve that, I’ve included lots of realistic and achievable self-study speaking activities, preparation for their own real-life speaking, and training in the most efficient ways to study on their own.
If you’ve got students who this might be useful for or are just intrigued to see if the rather grand claims above are really true, it’s just $1.99 for a single student copy or $3.99 for the edition to photocopy for your whole class, available at http://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/telephoning/
If the blurb above and ridiculously cheap price aren’t enough to persuade you to give it a try, I promise that if I can sell enough copies to turn down some teaching work I’ll spend the time on producing as much useful material as I can, including updating and expanding this rather sadly neglected site… Spread the word!
New pages on question formation just created, with a specific one for subject questions. That also makes the tense review page where they used to live much more manageable.
Just in case you didn’t notice in the last post, a brief heads up that I’ve gone a little FCE sentence transformations crazy over the last couple of months, with an article and loads of new worksheets. I’ve also added two more new worksheets since that post, and updated my links to other relevant pages on the blog (have something done, reported speech, etc). Most also useable with Cambridge Advanced classes. And, believe it or not, more coming soon…
Cambridge First Usef of English Part Four games/ worksheets page
Possibly the most difficult part of Cambridge First Certificate Speaking and certainly the weirdest (“I’d like you to compare the two photos” “Why???), now made much more manageable and fun:
FCE Speaking Part Two games, photocopiables and videos
New worksheets and a new article up recently on possessive forms, so took that opportunity to split the page into two easier to navigate and slightly expanded sections:
Possessive S games, worksheets and songs page
Possessive adjectives games, worksheets and songs page