Lesson Ideas

Take photos, write poems…

Are you looking for some fresh ideas for your learners after the summer? I recently had the opportunity to attend the NATECLA Online Conference 2021 and I would like to share some inspiring thoughts and ideas that came from one of the seminars. The seminar was called, Take photos, tell stories, write poems: participatory photography… Read more »

‘The Kitchen’ – an online lesson plan for lower level learners

Online Lesson Plan (Zoom) Topic: The Kitchen               Level: Beginners/Elementary   Preparing your learners and helpers before the lesson: Send Grammar sheet with question ‘What’s this?’ to learners by email or Whatsapp or upload to a virtual environment like google classroom/edmodo.  Ask learners to choose one kitchen item and find… Read more »

The Christmas Name Game

What’s your name?  What does it mean? This is a great way to begin a class activity that leads into talking about Christmas and the names of Jesus at Christmastime. Everyone has a name.  Some people may know the meanings of their names.  Some cultures choose names specifically for their meanings.  Your discussion on names… Read more »

‘Art and Paintings’ – an online lesson plan for intermediate and higher level learners

Online Lesson Plan (Zoom) Topic: Art and Paintings              Level: Intermediate and above   Preparing your learners and helpers before the lesson: Suggest 5 famous pieces of art from the collection on the national gallery website (see resources) together with a worksheet which contains a table of categories. Learners choose… Read more »

‘Seasons’ – an online lesson plan for lower level learners

This lesson has been created by the 2:19 during the Coronavirus pandemic. At this time it isn’t clear when we will be able to teach again face to face so many churches have moved over to teaching online using video conferencing platforms. We hope this is useful for those who have made that transition. Online… Read more »

Bingo! It’s an Easter lesson

This activity is based around playing a game of Bingo with your learners!  It is one of the many activities included in our Easter Lesson Pack and can be used as a one-hour lesson or even a café-style activity.   The Easter pack itself has enough resources and ideas for 2-3 hours so is well worth… Read more »

Using Christmas carols in a lesson

Christmas carols are rich with narrative, cultural significance and timeless lyrics. Packed full of gospel truths, they are also an ideal tool for introducing our students to the most precious gift of all. Research has shown that music in general is a valuable tool for language teaching. Through song, we can build vocabulary, change the… Read more »

Games for using the Easter cards

Looking for ways to use our Easter cards pack? Here are some more informal ideas, ideal for using in a café setting or at the end of a lesson to introduce the Easter story to your students. Memory Game As the Easter story contains some unusual words it might be worth introducing the vocabulary initially… Read more »

Presenting the Easter Story using pictures

Wondering how you can use the Easter story cards pack with your students? Here are some ideas to get you started… Pre-teaching – Presenting new vocabulary Using realia, present the vocabulary needed for the Easter story (e.g. toy handcuffs to represent ‘arrest’ or a rose to show the students what ‘thorns’ are). Where this is difficult,… Read more »

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Games for International Cafés

Small board and card games are great for a café setting. Recently many new games have been published which are quick to learn and play with simple rules. You can invite someone to plan with you and even if they are not fluent in English they can quickly get to grips and have fun. Likewise,… Read more »

Lessonstream – free resource site

If you’re looking for some fresh resources to inject your lessons with something different, you might want to take a look at Lessonstream, a website that features video clips for use in English lessons. The topics covered are diverse.  One clip shows a rabbit chomping on raspberries with the language point being present tenses while… Read more »

Online Easy English Bible and Commentary

If you’re involved in any way with using the Bible with English learners and you’re not aware of this website, please read on as it could be an invaluable tool! This website gives you free access to the EasyEnglish Bible which incredibly uses a vocabulary of only 1200 words.  Idioms, passives, split infinitives and other… Read more »