New Aptis tips and materials page

Not sure how many students and teachers are interested in actually preparing for Aptis, but as I seem to be the only person to have published games and photocopiable worksheets on the topic, am hoping for a large market share of an incredibly niche market. Lots more coming soon, but the first article, three PDFs and links to other people’s stuff up here:

Aptis games, worksheets and tips

For the many people who’ve never even heard of Aptis, might I suggest the rest of my EFL exams materials section, probably the biggest of all the parts of this site?

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120 using movement to teach and learn English links

The ridiculously large number above includes all the links here, in other pages it links to, and in my previous post on actions for teaching and learning grammar.

Body language and gestures in TEFL articles

Body language and gestures in TEFL articles page – NEW

 

Body language and gestures in TEFL lists

Body language and gestures lists – NEW

 

Body language and gestures in TEFL photocopiables

Cultural differences/ Cultural training TPR worksheets

Xmas TPR worksheets

Xmas and New Year past tenses mimes

Going to and will Xmas mimes

Xmas and New Year tense review mimes

Xmas Present Simple Present Continuous mimes

 

Worksheets for teaching gestures (rather than language through gestures)

Food cultural differences mimes

Table manners Present Simple and Continuous mimes

Guess the meaning of the British body language and gestures 

International gestures Present Simple and Continuous

Gestures cultural differences game (miming and then talking about use and not of those gestures)

Universal gestures functional language review

International gestures for business and academic presentations and much improved Version 2

Job applications Body language and personality

Body language gestures identify the country

Body language differences pairwork

Gestures that vary by country miming

Job applications personality and body language

and see the articles page for an article on this.

 

TPR worksheets for presentation skills training

Presentations voice and body roleplays

Gestures for presentations and related useful phrases

Body language and gestures for presentations (simpler version of the one above)

 

TPR worksheets for travel English

Present Continuous travel mimes

Going to Travel mimes and useful phrases

Travel English Past Continuous mimes

Countable and uncountable going to travel mimes

 

TPR worksheets for functional language

Universal gestures functional language review

Directions miming game

Shopping language mimes

Likes and dislikes TPR coin game

Telephoning hold on mimes

Phrases for negotiations mimes, brainstorming and key words

Discussion skills phrases miming game

Everyday English social expressions mimes

Gestures and social language review

 

TPR worksheets for vocabulary

Food and drink vocabulary TPR worksheets

Food and drink mimes

Food and drink actions Present Continuous mimes

Cooking and eating verb mimes

 

Technical English/ English for engineers TPR worksheets

Technical English mimes

British and American engineering vocabulary games (including miming, drawing, jigsaw, reversi, and dominoes, plus collocations practice)

 

Business English TPR worksheets

Present Continuous and Present Simple job mimes

Business English Present Continuous mimes

Language of trends miming game (great for Business and IELTS classes)

Job applications personality and body language

 

Other ESP TPR worksheets

Medical English Present Continuous mimes

 

Idioms TPR worksheets

Phrasal verb mimes

Body idioms mimes pairwork

 

Other TPR vocabulary worksheets

Present Continuous vocabulary revision mimes (for New Cutting Edge Intermediate, but you could easily adapt the idea for your own classes)

Opposites miming game

Feelings drawing and miming games

Classroom objects Simon Says TPR game

Appearance opposites games (including drawing games, miming games, reversi and, coin game and roleplays)

Personality opposites miming games

Adjectives for describing objects games (reversi, jigsaw, drawing and miming)

Hobbies Present Continuous mimes

Can can’t sports mimes

Gradable and extreme adjectives miming game

 

TPR pronunciation worksheets

First letter phonics miming game – NEW

 

TPR worksheets for teacher training

Body language and phrases for managing classes

Classroom language mimes game

and see the list page for gestures for teachers

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Learning grammar through body language and gestures links

Some people may have noticed from my last list of new stuff that “my boom” (as we say in Janglish) is writing about moving around and getting students to move around in class. In fact, it’s so much of an obsession that there is too much to put in one post, so I thought I’d start with what is for some reason by far the most popular topic on TEFLtastic: grammar:

 

Grammar through body language and gestures in TEFL articles

Using body language and gestures to teach grammar

52 TPR grammar games

Physical games to practice a/ an

TPR activities for prepositions of position

TPR games for can/ can’t for ability

 

TPR grammar worksheets

TPR grammar worksheets for teaching tenses

TPR worksheets for present tenses

Gestures cultural differences game (miming and then talking about use and not of those gestures)

Food and drink mimes

Food cultural differences mimes

Table manners Present Simple and Continuous mimes

Xmas Present Simple and Continuous mimes

Present Continuous and Present Simple job mimes

Are they … or… TPR game

Present Continuous travel mimes

Hobbies Present Continuous mimes

Medical English Present Continuous mimes

Technical English mimes

Business English Present Continuous mimes

Telephoning hold on mimes

Present Continuous vocabulary revision mimes (for New Cutting Edge Intermediate, but you could easily adapt the idea for your own classes)

Business English Present Continuous sounds and mimes

 

TPR worksheets for past tenses

Bad habits Past Continuous

Travel English Past Continuous mimes

Cutting Edge Intermediate Modules 1 and 2 Past Continuous mimes

Xmas and New Year past tenses mimes

 

TPR worksheets for future forms

Going to mimes

Going to Travel mimes and useful phrases

Countable and uncountable going to travel mimes

Going to and will Xmas mimes

 

TPR worksheets for other tenses

Present Perfect Simple and Continuous mimes

Xmas and New Year tense review mimes

 

Prepositions of position TPR worksheets

Prepositions of position miming games

Prepositions of position making sentences TPR game

and see above for an article on the topic.

 

Imperative TPR worksheets

Imperative pick and act TPR game

Good behaviour mimes (imperative)

 

Can and can’t TPR worksheets

Can can’t sports mimes

Can and can’t miming coin game

and see above for an article on the topic.

 

Comparative and superlative TPR worksheets

Comparative adjectives miming games

Comparative and superlative miming games

 

Other TPR grammar worksheets

Singular and plural possessives TPR game

Singular and plural mimes

Gradable and extreme adjectives miming game

This that these those mimes

Phrasal verb mimes

and see above for an article on “a” and “and”

 

Similar on vocabulary, pronunciation, etc coming up in the next post.

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Line by line brainstorming (TEFLtastic classics Part 37)

As with most of these nearly 40 so-called “TEFLtastic classics”, this post is to introduce some variations on a long-standing favourite that I reckon make it even more of a classic.

I originally came across the idea of brainstorming line by line in various Headway textbooks, in a version where students listen to a line of dialogue, guess what’s coming next, listen to check, guess what comes after that, etc. Not having a recording studio, I created a version where students cover the page and reveal each line when they’ve guessed what is coming next. Luckily, this also means that students can work in pairs at their own pace. The worksheet can also then be used for other activities like being cut up and used for jigsaw tasks and/ or being partially covered again for students to read and then continue in their own way, as a kind of semi-controlled speaking activity.

Over several years of using this for various purposes, I realised that the activity was not as motivating as it is fun, as students could rarely actually guess the next line – unsurprisingly, given what real communication is like! I have therefore more recently added a line between each line of the dialogue where the next line is described with sentences like “The receiver asks the caller to wait” or “The interviewee answers the question, but also says something positive”. After trying to guess the next line of dialogue, students look at this hint to see if they are on the right track, brainstorm again if they weren’t close, and then reveal the next line of dialogue. In another unintended advantage, a blanked out version of the same worksheet can then be used for students to write down the phrases they can remember or think of for each function.

Here are a few I made earlier:

Line by line brainstorming photocopiables

Job applications line by line brainstorming – NEW

Meeting people line by line brainstorming

Requests and enquiries line by line brainstorming

Telephoning line by line brainstorming

There will be polished up versions of these and many more in the various e-books I’m putting together on teaching telephoning, meetings, presentations, negotiations, social English, emailing, etc. If you’d like to help me find enough time to finish them, please buy a(nother) copy or two of my first e-book. Thanks!

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New jobs vocabulary page

I’ve published a stack of PDFs on names of jobs over the years, so not sure how I never thought of making a page of worksheets on the topic before, but here it finally is:

Jobs vocabulary page – NEW PAGE

Includes many combining the topic with other points like modal verbs, present tenses, present perfect, adverbs of frequency, ed and ing adjectives, advantages and disadvantages, requests and reported speech.

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New TEFL articles and printables spring 2019

Newest ones not mentioned before top of each section.

Lists of useful language

The big list of classroom language with gestures – NEW

New TEFL Articles

Using body language and gestures to teach grammar – NEW

52 TPR grammar games

The top six grammar points for IELTS

How to teach British and American English (summary of the articles on specific points like those below, with activities that work with a mix of grammar, vocab, functions, etc)

How to teach British and American times, dates and numbers

How to teach British and American vocabulary

32 bad IELTS tips

New TEFL PDFs

Movie vocabulary opinions – NEW

Travel English imperatives and requests practice

Countable and uncountable in IELTS

Phrasal verbs storytelling game

Giving directions free and controlled speaking

Gradable and extreme adjectives discussion questions

House and home likes and recommendations

Personality bluffing game

The future in IELTS writing

Clothes and appearance recommendations

Past, present and future in IELTS Writing Part One

Past regrets with should have and advice speaking

Social issues discuss and agree determiners speaking practice

Possessives, body and adjectives pick and draw

Requests and future forms review

Superlatives reversi memory game

Present Simple questions with be speaking

Likes and dislikes guessing game

Countable and uncountable nouns pick and draw

Describing people and things bluff

Adverbs of frequency and times dice bluff

Travel plans bluffing game

Feelings plus nouns pick and draw drawing game

Comparing places comparative adjectives random pelmanism game

News and media countable and uncountable

Adverbs in CAE and CPE Use of English Part One

Adverbs in CPE Use of English Part Three game

Positive and negative reviews language

Abilities of animals with can and can’t games

Prefixes opposites jigsaw

Weather adverbs of frequency

Singular, plural and uncountable in IELTS Listening

Future in IELTS Speaking and Writing

Fear vocabulary discussion

 

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New grammar for IELTS page

New article, new worksheets, old worksheets and places for upcoming worksheets on the most vital grammar points for IELTS on my new page on the topic here:

IELTS grammar page

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New describing objects page

Put up a new worksheet on “How long is it?”, “What does it look like?” etc and then realised there was no page on the topic. So now there is one, with links to related stuff on colours, materials, etc:

Describing objects page – NEW

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Updated guide to Cambridge Proficiency books

I’ve recently been researching the next book for my Cambridge CPE class and found that all the info online is out of date, so thought I’d summarise my findings here.

The only CPE textbooks which are updated for the post-2013 exam and are available new are, in order of personal preference:

Objective Proficiency

textbook with key, textbook without key, workbook with key, workbook without key, and teacher’s book

Proficiency Masterclass

textbook and teacher’s book

There is no physical workbook, but the student’s book comes with online practice.

Proficiency Expert

textbook and workbook

The Proficiency Expert teacher’s book is no longer being sold, but your local Pearson rep will give you PDF copies of that, the answer keys and the transcripts for free if you ask.

And that’s it! Other old CPE textbooks such as Proficiency Gold are no longer being sold, and other exam series from the big publishers such as Compact don’t have CPE level books.

You’ll also need a practice exam book or two. The only three ones for the updated exam are:

CPE 2

CPE 1

Cambridge English: Proficiency Practice Tests with Key by Mark Harrison (OUP)

There are also two full tests available online for free, one as an online test and in the CPE teacher’s handbook, and the other as a downloadable PDF paper-based practice test.

The best other CPE book available is Advanced Language Practice, a grammar and vocabulary book designed for both CAE and CPE (although no longer marketed as such) and which I liked a lot when I used it for homework with my Proficiency classes many many years ago. As the language content of the test hasn’t changed much, it should still be useful.

On a related note, students can now get exactly the same level (C2) from getting an A in CAE as from passing CPE, so another possibility is just to put all your higher-level students in a CAE class, for which many more materials are available. However, you’d have to stop students going straight from passing FCE into a CAE class and put an Advanced-level general English class between the two, as otherwise you’d have a huge range of levels and needs in one class.

Another possibility is to use a very high-level Advanced textbook between CPE textbooks with supplements such as the exam practice books and/ or Advanced Language Practice above, something which I did many years ago and went okay. Headway Advanced is too high-level and too heavy in topics for most standard Advanced classes, so would probably be suitable for this.

I don’t particularly recommend Common Mistakes in Proficiency, which doesn’t actually cover the things that my students find tricky, but it’s worth looking at for teachers.

If you want to supplement or avoid the books above, it might also be worth looking at my own rapidly growing page of CPE materials:

CPE games and worksheets

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Lots of new British and American English resources

Over the last few months I’ve put up articles on teaching UK and US grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, numbers, body language and gestures, dates and times, and functional language, plus carefully collated lists of the important vocabulary differences to teach and a new couple of worksheets. And I’ve just rounded all that off with a summary of the highlights. All available on my now very large page of UK and US English resources here:

British and American English games, worksheets and articles

 

 

 

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