Worksheet: ‘Body Language’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Body Language’

Body Language was initially a presentation for interactive boards, but it can be used in any other way. Most of the times our body language reveals truths or lies. Different gestures have different meanings in different cultures. Here we discuss with our students in a rather entertaining way the messages our body and gestures send to others, when flirting as well (how interesting can that be) . You can introduce the topic with the song Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley.

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Worksheet: ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’

This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the differences between the present perfect and past simple tense. There’s a brief explanation and example sentences at the top of the page followed by an activity in which students are asked to fill in the blank spaces with the present perfect or the past simple of the verbs in brackets. The answer key is included.

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Worksheet: ‘Spring’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Spring’

This worksheet contains vocabulary related to spring. In exercise 1 students have to match the words and the pictures, in exercise 2 they have to find some other spring words in the wordsearch, and in exercise 3 they have to colour a picture according to the instructions.

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Worksheet: ‘Earth Day’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Earth Day’

22 April – Earth Day and its History. Help students to become familiar or to review the history of Earth Day. Relevant vocabulary terms to match, reading text with photos, 2 supporting videos to help with listening in English, earth idioms, and discussion questions to expand the student’s knowledge on the topic.

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Worksheet: ‘Easter Sudoku’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Easter Sudoku’

This worksheet contains a Sudoku about Easter. Students have to complete the grid as if they were playing Sudoku (with words instead of numbers). Every row, column and mini-grid must contain all nine words. Don’t guess – use logic ! Hope you’ll enjoy it.

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‘On ‘I would have liked to have studied’ by David Crystal

David Crystal’s latest blog post is titled “On ‘I would have liked to have studied”.

David says, “A correspondent writes to ask if I could explain the difference in the meaning between the following sentences: (1) I would like to have studied philosophy. (2) I would have liked to study philosophy. (3) I would have liked to have studied philosophy.The underlying issue is one of focus. Where is the perfective meaning inherent in the auxiliary verb have being focused? In (1) the liking is now and the studying is some time in the past. In (2) the liking is some time in the past (and thus the study). In (3) both the liking and the study are in the past.”

On ‘I would have liked to have studied

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‘Grammar Basics: Active and Passive’ by Barrie England

Barrie England’s latest blog post is title “Grammar Basics: Active and Passive”.

Barrie says, “We can conclude from this that the English passive is formed by taking the object of the sentence as it appears in the active and placing it at the beginning of the passive sentence, thus making it the subject of the new sentence. We change the verb from the active to the passive by taking its past participle, painted in this case, and placing it after the appropriate tense of the primary auxiliary verb beMy portrait was painted by Picasso happens to contain, as we have seen, the Adverbial by Picasso. Such a constituent of the sentence is called the Agent or the  Instrument, the latter because it tells us who (or sometimes what) was, yes, instrumental, in bringing about the action described. Note, though, that an Instrument is not always necessary in a passive sentence. We can say, for example, My house was broken into without saying who by, perhaps because we don’t know.”

Grammar Basics: Active and Passive

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‘Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s latest blog post is titled “Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning”.

Lisa says, “In general, 95% of teens use the internet and 74% are “mobile internet users” (Pew, 2013).  With or without us, students are using cell phones for learning despite the perception by some parents and teachers that cell phones are distracting to kids. A national study shows that 1 in 3 middle schoolers are using their devices to complete homework and learn better (Tru, 2012).”

Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning

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‘TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter”.

Jennifer says, “The presenters started with a discussion of the benefits. Among them is the fact that Twitter makes text retrievable. Students and teachers can easily go back and read earlier tweets. Also, people can become connected by topic. Connections can occur in and out of the classroom. Finally, through a humorous anecdote of his own language learning experience in Korea, Nathan explained how subtle things in speech, such as a small word or structure, might be missed in conversation, but through the process of reading text those small differences are more easily perceived.”

TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter

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‘And the Other Is a Jellyfish’ by Barrie Caxton

Barrie Caxton’s latest blog post is titled “And the Other Is a Jellyfish”.

Barrie says, “I’m thinking of technical terms in rhetoric like chiasmus, the name of the criss-cross pattern “A, B: B, A” that Jack Kennedy loved so much (“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind”), based on the name of the Greek letter chi, because of its X-like shape. There is (as far as I’m aware) no comparable term for the way this remark on Twitter achieves its sting (no pun intended):.”

And the Other Is a Jellyfish

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‘Shall we self-study?’ by Alexandra Chistyakova

Alexandra Chistyakova’s latest blog post is titled “Shall we self-study?”.

Alexandra says, “The advantages of self-study groups are self-obvious: higher motivations of participants for learning; the increased sense of responsibility for one’s part of a task; the inspiring feeling of togetherness and being one team; the genuine interest in what participants are studying; better understanding and acquisition of the material as one has to teach it to others; and, the last but not the least, extensive practice of communicative skills. Not surprising that all these advantages may lead to better learning outcomes.”

Shall we self-study?

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‘The Story of Sounds: Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/’ by Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill’s latest blog post is titled “The Story of Sounds: Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/”.

Adrian says, “It’s a lot of fun working with the vowel /e/. Just about every language has one or more versions of this sound. In English it is one of the more frequent vowels sounds, probably in third position after /ǝ/ and /ɪ/. When you look at the Sound Foundations chart you can see that /e/ is located on the far left of the chart, below /iː/ and above /æ/. This already tells you something…. for example it tells you:.”

The Story of Sounds: Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/

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Worksheet: ‘True of False Table Game (First Conditional)’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘True of False Table Game (First Conditional)’

Here is a true or false table game I’ve made to practice first conditional. What you need to do is: to print out the page with questions for each player, print out one page with the table game,  find a dice and markers. Each player receives a page with the sentences in first conditional he/ she must finish. To finish them, the player should use imagination and write some true and some false facts. When everyone is ready, players exchange their sheets of papers. The first person to go throws a dice and reads a completed sentence from the page he/ she has got. For example: “If I go to China, I will try fried grasshoppers.”. The player tries to guess whether this sentence is true or false. The author of the sentence gives the right answer. If the player has guessed it right, he/she moves his mark according to the number on the dice. If not, then he/she stays at the same place. The player to reach the”Finish” point first will win. Hope, it helps. Enjoy!

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Worksheet: ‘Do or Make?’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Do or Make?’

It is a PowerPoint presentation of the difference between the use of ‘do’ and ‘make’. It has got a brief explanation, some contrasting ideas and lots of expressions which use ‘do’ and ‘make’. Initially it was done for the pre-intermediate students. Hope you find it useful.

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Worksheet: ‘Revising Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Revising Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns’

This is a pretty easy worksheet for revising possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns at pre-intermediate level. Students are asked to fill in the blanks with possessive adjectives or possessive pronouns.

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Worksheet: ‘Easter’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Easter’

This is a Powerpoint Presentation about Easter, with words related to Easter and spring. Students have to look at the pictures and choose the correct option. Some of the words are about Easter symbols, and some words are related to religion. This PPT is dedicated to my beloved son, Tom who died on 7th April 2014.

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Worksheet: ‘Role Play- Strange Illness’

he BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Role Play- Strange Illness’

Students will play the role of a parent and child. The child has to describe an illness and its symptoms to avoid going to school, and the parent has to try to catch the child lying. There is a built-in class assessment–the role play has to address several questions which the class must be able to answer when the role play is complete. I usually have the students start by answering the questions first and building their dialogue around the answers, and it works very well!

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Worksheet: ‘Animal Test’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Animal Test’

It’s a very simple test I’ve created for my young learners to practise the spelling of animals. The worksheet includes pictures of animals, mixed-letter exercises and letter-missing exercises. It’s a good way to revise animal vocabulary or it can be also used for testing your students’s knowledge.

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