New Teaching Meetings e-book

Over 300 pages of classroom-tested photocopiable activities on starting meetings, chairing, turn taking, giving and responding to opinions and advice, smoothly progressing through the meeting and bringing them to an end, etc, etc. Includes stacks of roleplays and meetings language games, and links to other language points like numbers, trends, and business abbreviations. For all levels from Elementary to Advanced (depending on which materials you use).

Available now here:

Teaching Meetings: Interactive Classroom Activities – NEW

As well as being full of great material, all the cash goes to me and so can help me find time for writing more stuff for TEFLtastic and Usingenglish, and to finish off my e-books on FCE, CPE, IELTS, grammar, functional language, negotiations, etc, etc, etc. If you don’t need to teach meetings but would like to support TEFLtastic, my other e-books are, so far:

Teaching Social English: Interactive Classroom Activities 2nd Ed. (the one that is most likely to be useful to everyone)

Teaching Emailing: Interactive Classroom Activities (perhaps the one which is most different to other books on the same topic)

Teaching IELTS Writing: Interactive Classroom Activities (another candidate for most different from other books)

Teaching Presentation Skills: Interactive Classroom Activities (the one that ties together most as a book and so is really worth having as one volume even if you have some of my worksheets on the topic)

Teaching Telephoning: Interactive Classroom Activities (my first e-book for teachers)

Really Learn the Most Important Telephoning Phrases (for self-study and homework)

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TEFLtastic games/ worksheets pages A to Z

A list of every index page on TEFLtastic. There are quite a few! There is also an A to Z of just the grammar pages here, and links by topics and sub-topics here

If you like anything you find here and would like more, please support TEFLtastic.

Updated 21 July 2021

All index pages A to Z

Abbreviations page

Academic applications games/ worksheets – See University applications worksheets

Academic bios page

Academic discussions games/ worksheets

Academic emails page

Academic English (EAP) games/ worksheets

Academic English first lessons page

Academic Word List (AWL) games/ worksheets page

Academic writing functional language page

Academic writing worksheets

Acronyms page

Action vocabulary page

Continue reading

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Three much missed funny TEFL blogs

While searching my blog for broken links, I found that English Droid had disappeared yet again and that English Teacher X and Chase Me Ladies were locked behind walls with invitations needed for entry. Luckily, my selections of highlights from all three are still available here for all to read and enjoy:

The only remaining bits of the English Droid

The best TEFL bits of Chase Me Ladies, I’m in the Cavalry

The best of English Teacher X

The best of English Teacher X Part Two

Click on the TEFL humour tag below for more attempts at being amusing about teaching English.

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Recommended free Elementary and Pre-Int business self-study materials

This is a list of the best A1 and A2 level materials I could find online. I made this for my students to use while they were waiting for their one-to-one tutorials, to discuss afterwards, and hopefully to use to improve on their weak points before the next tutorial. Hopefully of use to others too, and if you can add your own recommendations in comments below that would really help.

Note that for most of these you need to register and/ or pay to use all the resources. However, they all have enough free stuff to worth trying and to be able to work out if it’s worth carrying on with them or not.

1 and 2. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business English speaking self-study

Business English Pod A2 Pre-Intermediate level (functional language through podcasts)

https://www.businessenglishpod.com/category/a2/

3. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business English grammar

4. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business English vocabulary

Business Vocabulary in Use Elementary – Pre-Intermediate 2nd Edition sample resources

www.cambridge.org/files/8613/8071/2285/business-vocabulary-in-use-elementary2-book-with-answers-sample-pages.pdf

English University Online Business English Essential A2

Business Result Elementary glossary https://elt.oup.com/elt/students/result/pdf/br_elem_gloss_unit.pdf

Business Result Pre-Intermediate glossary https://elt.oup.com/elt/students/result/pdf/br_pre_gloss_unit.pdf

A1 TOEIC words Quizlet flashcards

https://quizlet.com/537131900/a1-toeic-words-s1-flash-cards/

Market Leader Elementary glossary https://www.pearson.ch/download/media/9781405813358_Glossary_ML_Elem.pdf

Market Leader Pre-Intermediate glossary

www.pearson.ch/download/media/9781405881371_Glossary_ML_PreInt.pdf

In Company Elementary 2nd Edition word lists http://www.businessenglishonline.net/resources/in-company-second-edition-resources/wordlists/in-company-word-lists-elementary/

In Company Pre-Intermediate 2nd Edition word lists

http://www.businessenglishonline.net/resources/in-company-second-edition-resources/wordlists/in-company-word-lists-pre-intermediate/

5. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business English pronunciation practice

How to Say 20 Business English Verbs correctly pronunciation lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8F75VR9pjI

Business English Listening Test 1 (similar sounding words pronounced one by one) https://www.businessenglishsite.com/business-listening-test1.html

6. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business writing resources

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/writing/beginner-a1

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/writing/pre-intermediate-a2

Life (from National Geographic) Business Writing worksheets https://www.ngllife.com/content/business-writing-worksheets

7. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business English reading texts

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/reading/beginner-a1

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/reading/pre-intermediate-a2

Lingua.com Business English texts and articles

https://lingua.com/businessenglish/reading/

English University Online Business English Essential A2 Reading

8. Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Business listening materials

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening/beginner-a1/

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening/pre-intermediate-a2

Elena Adamova Business English videos (40 quite simple but rather old videos)

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFxEqZHwGHQIzv6pvKLxubgRkZXO2A9fp

elllo business – Google Search

ESL Business English listening (low level ones at the top)

https://www.esl-lounge.com/student/listening-business.php

Elementary and Pre-Intermediate materials practising a mix of different business skills and language

https://www.linguahouse.com/esl-lesson-plans/esl-course-plans/business-english-course-plans/english-for-business/pre-intermediate

PDF for easy saving and printing:

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New TEFL photocopiables and articles summer 2021

While you were all enjoying spending your summer holidays sitting around at home doing nothing, I was enjoying mine sitting around at home doing nothing but writing about TEFL. And here are the results:

New TEFL articles summer 2021

Most recent top:

How to teach quantifiers

How to teach some and any

How to teach too and enough

Fun for all the family 3 – Quite a few games for articles and determiners (new version)

How to teach the zero article

How to teach indefinite articles

New TEFL PDFs summer 2021

Personal favourites which I haven’t mentioned before top:

Body vocabulary bluffing game

A and An mini-presentations

Presentations prepositions and determiners pairwork

Ordinal numbers trivia quiz

Appearance words storytelling task

Get Up Stand Up by Bob Marley quantifiers practice

Strong and weak opinions on the news and media

Good and taboo Present Perfect Simple and Continuous questions

Weather and advice practice

IELTS Writing Task 2 prepositions and determiners pairwork

IELTS Writing Task 1 prepositions and determiners pairwork

Learning and using English ranking language practice

Good and taboo Past Simple questions

Nouns which are both countable and uncountable pictionary

Good and taboo questions with Have Something Done

Present Continuous and prepositions of place mix and match

Good and taboo countable and uncountable questions

Good and taboo passive voice questions

Adverbs of frequency good and taboo questions coin game

Too and enough discuss and agree

Socialising prepositions and determiners pairwork

Used to, be used to and get used to sentence completion games

Used to, be used to and get used to discuss and agree

Past numbers trivia board game narrative tenses review

Zero article key word activities

Discussing manners with -ed and -ing adjectives

Seasons vocabulary stations game

Wh- spelling and pronunciation activities

Sc- spelling and pronunciation activities

IELTS Writing Task Two on technology

IELTS Writing Task Two on television, news and current affairs

IELTS Writing Task 2 on Nature

COVID-compliant invitations lesson

Classroom language for Zoom lessons New version

All of these are also listed in my relevant worksheets index pages.

A previous list with links to even older lists including the best of last year is here.

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New too and enough page

Usingenglish.com have asked me for more stuff on articles, determiners and quantifiers, so could add a new article and worksheet on this useful but sometimes tricky point to my totally new page:

Too and enough games, worksheets and songs – NEW

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2021-style invitations lesson

Of all the pre-COVID materials I’ve had to use in the last 15 months, probably the least successful was a lesson where students responded to almost all invitations with “I can’t because of coronavirus” and “Maybe when COVID is gone”. It was quite tricky to rewrite that for a situation where restrictions are changing all the time and online I sometimes have students in places with different restrictions in the same class, but I think I’ve managed it:

Covid-compliant invitations lesson

Includes suggestions for COVID-compliant socialising (some of which my students genuinely said “That’s a great idea, I might try that” to), and roleplays including every level of freedom or lockdown.

Over 300 pages of other social English materials here.

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Three new kinds of TEFL board game

I came up with the first of these as part of my trivia quizzes boom, and used it to make this narrative tenses board game. Students work their way around a board game by guessing numbers. On each square they start with six points and lose one point for each wrong guess as they try to say how many of something there is, how much of something there was, how long something has lasted, etc. After each guess, their partner gives them hints like “(The real number is) much higher/ slightly longer/ quite a lot more often”. After they have guessed the exact number, they move one square for each point they had left when they guessed the number correctly, e.g. three squares if their fourth guess was correct. This board game could be used as fun variation on any of my numbers pairwork guessing games.

A more flexible version of this is for students to give each other multiple choice options and for the person whose turn it is to get one point for each option which is still left when they get the right answer. For example, one student could say “I have BLANK comics”, and give the four options “a”, “two”, “some” and “a lot of”. If their partner takes three turns to guess that the correct answer is “some”, they can move two squares (because there were two options left when they guessed correctly), but if they guess correctly first time, they can move four squares. This can work with personalised options, with factual answers such as trivia, or simple language tasks like guessing the right prepositions to make phrasal verbs. Although I haven’t made one of these yet, it’s probably my favourite variation as students always eventually guess correctly and move at least one square each time. Am planning to do a Use of English Part One version of this soon if I have time.

Thirdly, either of these can also work without any hints, with students just having (say) six chances to guess something right, then moving squares according to the same scheme:

First guess right = move six squares

Second guess right = move five squares

Third guess right = move four squares

etc.

63 more board games here and 48 other TEFLtastic classics here. And if you’d like me to have more time to make more photocopiable examples, please support TEFLtastic.

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Good and taboo questions (TEFLtastic Classics Part 49)

Updated 27 September 2021

The best thing you can teach students about almost any language point is how to ask and answer the kinds of questions related to that language which people really ask each other. However, doing just this more than a couple of times can get a bit dull and mean that the questions don’t really stick in students’ minds. One way around that is to give students a mix of those typical real-life small talk questions and ones that have the same language but we rarely or never actually ask each other (perhaps include the ridiculous questions that were put in the textbook without the intention of being taboo like “How often do you have a bath?”)

Nice activities with these kinds of good and taboo questions include students:

  • only asking and answering the good questions (rejecting all others with “I’d rather not say”, etc)
  • trying to choose the easiest and most normal questions, with the person who chose the one that they agree is least taboo being able to ask their choice each time and the other person having to answer
  • getting a point for each question that they answer or reject in a polite way with a phrase which is at least slightly different from previous rejections (e.g. “I’d rather keep that to myself” if someone has already said “I’d rather not say”)
  • asking a question and then flipping a coin to see if they can ask it to someone else (heads) or have to answer it themselves (tails) (the previous TEFLtastic Classic Ask and Tell)
  • flipping a coin to decide if the next question should be an easy common everyday one (heads) or a very personal one (tails), with the latter having to be answered if they can’t think of a new phrase to politely reject the question
  • flipping a coin after they hear the question to see if they should answer or not, and then discussing what their real reaction would be
  • getting more points if their partner asks them a taboo question, and even more points if they actually answer it
  • classifying the questions by how taboo they are, then choosing which rank of question they want next, with more points for trickier topics
  • classifying the questions by how taboo they are, then choosing which rank of question they will get next with a coin (heads = easy common question, tails = taboo question)
  • classifying the questions by how taboo they are, then choosing which rank of question they will get next with a dice (1 = very easy question even with strangers, 2 = less common with strangers but okay with acquaintances, etc)

Most of these activities should also help make students more aware of what kinds of questions are good and bad to ask, and can lead nicely onto taboo topics more generally.

And here are some I made earlier, organised by language point:

Good and taboo questions to practise grammar

Good and taboo questions to practise tenses

Good and taboo questions to practise present tenses

Present Simple taboo questions game

Good and taboo questions with be and do

Present Simple and Continuous taboo topics game

Business English Present Simple and Continuous taboo topics game lower level version

Adverbs of frequency- good and taboo questions coin game

Good and taboo Present Continuous questions – NEW

Good and taboo questions to practise past tenses

Good and taboo Past Simple questions 

Good and taboo Past Continuous questions

Good and taboo Present Perfect Simple and Continuous questions

Good and taboo questions to practise question formation

Good and bad subject questions (including taboo topics discussion)

Good and bad how questions

Direct, indirect and taboo small talk questions

Direct, indirect and taboo Christmas questions

Good and taboo questions for other grammar points

Good and taboo passive voice questions

Good and taboo questions with have something done

Good and taboo questions on can for ability – COMING SOON

Good and taboo countable and uncountable questions

Good and taboo irregular plurals questions – COMING SOON

Good and taboo have and have got questions – COMING SOON

It should also be possible with vocabulary-based topics, especially with subjects that are sometimes good for small talk but can sometimes be sensitive like:

  • good and taboo questions about family
  • good and taboo questions about work
  • good and taboo questions about health
  • good and taboo questions about free time

(not coming soon)

48 more endlessly adaptable activities that almost always work here.

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TEFLtastic blogroll updated

It’s the long “Golden Week” break here in Japan, so have had time to do my approximately once yearly look at the links on TEFLtastic.

Was pleasantly surprised to see that since this time last year only one or two blogs had disappeared, very few had become inactive, and quite a few inactive ones had become active again. You can see which are which by looking at those categories in the sidebar. If you are inspired by this to join those who are suddenly activating their blogs again or know of newer blogs for TEFLers which I’ve missed, please leave a comment below and I’ll do a further update before this time next year.

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New TEFL stuff 2021 Part One

Newest ones that I haven’t mentioned before top of each section.

New TEFL e-book

Teaching IELTS Writing: Interactive Classroom Activities

New TEFL articles spring 2021

How to make a personal connection in presentations

How to be friendly on the phone in English

100 common mistakes with starting and ending emails

How to teach used to, be used to and get used to

How to teach be used to and get used to

New TEFL photocopiables spring 2021

Directions flashcard memory game

Passive voice numbers quiz

Prepositions of position mix and match

There is & there are guess the place

Gradable and extreme adjectives guessing game (with modals of deduction)

Can you eat your house? abilities mix and match

ed and ing adjectives bluffing games

Weather vocabulary bluffing game

ed and ing adjectives coin games

Classroom vocabulary first letters games

Reported speech and determiners in names of places speaking activities

Generic brands vocabulary and speaking

Is there & Are there spelling games

Used to trivia quiz

How many… did…? trivia quiz irregular Past Simple practice

Family members trivia quiz

How often trivia quiz

British or American transport trivia quiz

UK or USA? British and American English trivia quiz

British and American household vocabulary quiz

How many… have? simple numbers quiz

How many times Present Perfect and Past Simple trivia quiz

British or American fashion trivia quiz

British or American food and drink trivia quiz

How many with irregular plurals trivia quiz

How long had…? Past Perfect trivia quiz

Which thing had already happened Past Perfect trivia quiz

What were people doing? Past Continuous trivia quiz

What places used to be called trivia quiz

Where is…? I don’t know game

Is there/Are there Trivia Quiz

Time of Day Trivia Quiz

Insurance trivia numbers pairwork

Metals industry pairwork numbers guessing game

Be used to and get used to ranking discussion

Be used to and get used to sentence completion games (bluffing, things in common and guessing game)

Be used to and get used to dice games

Talking about cultural differences with ‘be used to’ and ‘get used to’

Talking about life changes with be used to get used to

Changes to culture be used to get used to discussion

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