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TED Talk: Rita Pierson, Every Kid Needs a Champion

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This is a conversation lesson plan based around Rita Pierson’s TED talk entitled: Every Kid Needs a Champion it’s suitable for C1+ although high B2s might be able to deal with it if you break the video up a bit. Download the handout below:

TED Rita Every child needs a champion

Have students watch the TED talk for homework or you can show it in class as it’s only 8 mins long. Then give out the handout and have students discuss it in small groups or as a class.

Handout

Discussion

  1. What is the talk about?
  2. What did you think of the speaker?
  3. Was she easy to understand?
  4. What is her message?

Look at these quotes from the talk and discuss the questions below:

“And we know why kids drop out. We know why kids don’t learn. It’s either poverty, low attendance, negative peer influences… We know why.”

  • Which of these things do you think has the biggest impact on dropout rates?
  • What can be done to help?

“James Comer says that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.”

“George Washington Carver says all learning is understanding relationships.”

  • What is your interpretation of these quotes?
  • Do you agree with them?

A colleague said to me one time, “They don’t pay me to like the kids. They pay me to teach a lesson. The kids should learn it. I should teach it, they should learn it, Case closed.”

Well, I said to her, “You know, kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.”

  • What do you think of the teacher’s quotes? Do you agree?
  • Do students have to like their teacher to learn from them?

“How do I raise the self-esteem of a child and his academic achievement at the same time?”

  • How important is it that a teacher raises their students’ self-esteem?
  • What methods does Rita mention? What other ways can they do it?

“One year I came up with a bright idea. I told all my students, “You were chosen to be in my class because I am the best teacher and you are the best students, they put us all together so we could show everybody else how to do it.”

“I gave a quiz, 20 questions. A student missed 18. I put a “+2” on his paper and a big smiley face.”

  • What do you think of these methods? Do you think they would work?

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

  • What do you think of her message?
  • Did you have a “champion” when you were growing up? Who was it?
  • How can this message be put into practice?
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Posted in Listening Classes

CAE Listening Exam Technique

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This is a handout to help students tackle the four parts of the CAE listening paper. You can download it below. Do you have any other tips?

CAE Listening Technique

Part 1 – Short conversations – Multiple Choice

  • 3 short extracts. Short conversations between two people.
  • 2 questions per extract. 6 marks in total
  • Time in between extracts to read next two questions.
  • Read questions 1+2 – underline key words
  • Listen to extract 1 twice
  • Move onto questions 3+4 etc.

Part 2 – Sentence Completion

  • Sentence completion – complete sentence with word or short phrase
  • 8 questions, 8 marks
  • 45 seconds to read task – underline key words and make predictions about type of word (adjective, noun, verb) and possibilities (number? animal? place?)
  • Listen for first time – be careful for distractors:

Identify the distractors in this question:

Sentence: The subject Steven was teaching when he first read about the bath toys was ____________________.

Listening text: “So how did I get involved? I’m a college lecturer but not teaching anything like economics or even geography; media studies is my field.”

  • Confirm answer on second listening.
  • Numbers can be like this: 36 or like this: thirty-six
  • Check that word or phrase makes sense in the context of the sentence, Should it be plural? Does it need an article? (a/an/the)

Part 3 – Long Interview – Multiple Choice

  • 6 questions multiple choice
  • 6 marks in total
  • 70 seconds to read the task – 10 seconds per question, underline key words in questions and options, focus on phrases like “biggest benefit” or “most important.”
  • First listen try to answer each question or at least cross out any that aren’t possible
  • Confirm on second listen.

Part 4 – Two Task Matching

  • 5 extracts about same topic – short monologues.
  • Two tasks at same time – 10 marks in total.
  • 45 seconds to read task – first thing: underline the information for each task: reason why they did the course, consequences/benefits of doing the course.
  • Read options and attempt to memorise
  • Try to complete both tasks at the same time.
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Game: Alphabet Quiz CPE Idioms Version

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This is a new version of my Alphabet Quiz game designed for very high levels (high C1) in which students have to guess different idioms which begin with each letter of the alphabet. Credit to my colleague Peter Rassa for the idea. The game is similar to the gameshow “Pasaparabla” on Spanish television. You will need the lesson plan with the question sheet:

Alphabet Quiz CPE Idioms Version

Procedure

Write the alphabet on the board, if you’re feeling really creative you can do it in a circle as shown in the picture above. Quickly recap the letters that often cause your students problems. It varies from place to place but in Spain they struggle with J, G, E, I, Q, W, and Y.

Quickly recap the letters that often cause your students problems. It varies from place to place but in Spain they struggle with J, G, E, I, Q, W, and Y.

Write all your students’ names on the board in a list.

Choose a player to go first, explain to them that you are going to ask them a question, the answer to the question begins with the letter A. They have two options: they can attempt to answer the question or they can say “pass”. If they choose to answer and they get it right, they get 1 point but if they get it wrong they lose 1 point. If they choose to pass, then it is the next student’s turn but the next student is asked the “B” question. You continue like this through the list of questions, every time a question is answered correctly you cross that letter out from the list on the board. When you reach the end of the list (the “Z” question) you then return to the top of the list and work your way through any questions which were not answered the first time around.

NOTE: It is important that students don’t shout out the answers to the questions if it’s not their turn as that question could be revisited later.

The winner is the student with the most points when all the questions have been answered or at the end of a set time limit.

 

  1. A person’s weak spot. Achilles heel.
  2. A person who is bad and makes other bad. Bad Apple
  3. A relaxed, quiet time immediately before period of violent activity or argument .Calm before the storm.
  4. If you are overcharged or underpaid, open, unfair and hard to prevent. Rip-off has a similar meaning. daylight robbery.
  5. If someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
  6. If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
  7. If you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
  8. If someone is happy-go-lucky, they don’t worry or plan and accept things as they happen.
  9. This expression is used to refer to something good that happens on top of an already good thing or situation. Icing on the cake
  10. If people are joined at the hip, they are very closely connected and think the same way.
  11. When someone kicks the bucket, they die.
  12. The last straw is the final problem that makes someone lose their temper or the problem that finally brought about the collapse of something. It comes from an Arabic story, where a camel was loaded with straw until a single straw placed on the rest of the load broke its back.
  13. If you make a killing, you do something that makes you a lot of money.
  14. If two competitors or candidates, etc, are neck and neck, then they are very close and neither is clearly winning.
  15. If you’re on a roll, you’re moving from success to success.
  16. If you go out for a night out with lots of fun and drinking, you paint the town red.
  17. If someone’s as quiet as a mouse, they make absolutely no noise.
  18. Someone who starts life very poor and becomes rich goes from rags to riches.
  19. When all the best people, things or ideas and so on are used up and people try to make do with what they have left, they are scraping the barrel.
  20. If you take a leaf out of someone’s book, you copy something they do because it will help you.
  21. If you are feeling a bit ill, sad or lack energy, you are under the weather.
  22. A vicious circle is a sequence of events that make each other worse- someone drinks because they are unhappy at work, then loses their job… ‘Vicious cycle’ is also used.
  23. If something belongs to the past and isn’t important or troubling any more, it is water under the bridge.
  24. If something is x-rated, it is not suitable for children.
  25. This idiom means that if you do something for me, I’ll return the favour. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.
  26. This is used to tell someone to be quiet. Zip it.
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Game: Alphabet Quiz

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This is a trivia game designed for teenage pre-intermediate (B1) students that could also be used with adults. I have also created a slightly easier set of questions for kids,and a harder version for adults. Credit to my colleague Peter Rassa for the idea. The game is similar to the gameshow “Pasaparabla” on Spanish television. You will need the lesson plan with the question sheet:

Alphabet Quiz

Alphabet Quiz Kids version

Az quiz hard version

Procedure

Write the alphabet on the board, if you’re feeling really creative you can do it in a circle as shown in the picture above. Quickly recap the letters that often cause your students problems. It varies from place to place but in Spain they struggle with J, G, E, I, Q, W, and Y.

Quickly recap the letters that often cause your students problems. It varies from place to place but in Spain they struggle with J, G, E, I, Q, W, and Y.

Write all your students’ names on the board in a list.

Choose a player to go first, explain to them that you are going to ask them a question, the answer to the question begins with the letter A. They have two options: they can attempt to answer the question or they can say “pass”. If they choose to answer and they get it right, they get 1 point but if they get it wrong they lose 1 point. If they choose to pass, then it is the next student’s turn but the next student is asked the “B” question. You continue like this through the list of questions, every time a question is answered correctly you cross that letter out from the list on the board. When you reach the end of the list (the “Z” question) you then return to the top of the list and work your way through any questions which were not answered the first time around.

NOTE: It is important that students don’t shout out the answers to the questions if it’s not their turn as that question could be revisited later.

The winner is the student with the most points when all the questions have been answered or at the end of a set time limit.

Credit to: http://www.sporcle.com/user/QuizzleMyShizzle/games for most of the quiz questions.

Questions:

  1. What’s the largest reptile in North America? Alligator
  2. What’s the biggest animal in the world? Blue Whale
  3. What’s the capital of Venezuela? Caracas
  4. What’s the name of the headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books? Dumbledore
  5. North, South, _______, West, what’s missing? East
  6. Who was the lead singer of the band Queen? Freddie Mercury
  7. What metal does the symbol Au represent on the periodic table? Gold
  8. Which characters in Greek mythology did 12 impossible tasks? Hercules
  9. Tony Stark is the alta-ego of which superhero? Ironman
  10. Which Italian football club based in Turin wears black and white stripes? Juventus
  11. What’s the tallest mountain in Africa? Kilimanjaro
  12. Which singer’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? Lady Gaga
  13. Oktober fest is a beer festival which happens in which European city? Munich
  14. Which tennis player won 9 French open titles between 2005 and 2014? Rafa Nadal
  15. What sea creature with 8 legs is eaten in parts of Spain and Portugal? Octopus
  16. Who is the president of Russia? Vladimir Putin
  17. What is the capital of Ecuador? Quito
  18. Which famous singer from the Caribbean has the surname Fenty? Rihanna
  19. Which actress plays Bella Swan in the Twilight series? Kristen Stewart
  20. What historical region of Romania is considered the home of Dracula? Transylvania
  21. 1930, what country hosted and won the first football world cup? Uruguay
  22. What’s the smallest country in the world? Vatican city
  23. What is the name of the cowboy in the Toy Story films? Woody
  24. Cyclops, Iceman and Wolverine are member of which superhero group? X-men
  25. What’s the name of New Yorks most famous baseball team? Yankees
  26. What is the name of the scientific study of animals? Zoology

 

Kids’ Version

  1. What’s the largest reptile in North America? Alligator
  2. What’s the biggest animal in the world? Blue Whale
  3. What’s the biggest country in North America? Canada
  4. What’s the name of the headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books? Dumbledore
  5. North, South, _______, West, what’s missing? East
  6. Which famous pink bird lives in Africa and South America? Flamingo
  7. What type of medal does the winner get at the Olympic games? Gold
  8. What’s the name of the famous Greek hero from the Disney film? Hercules
  9. Tony Stark is the alta-ego of which superhero? Ironman
  10. Which Italian football club based in Turin wears black and white stripes? Juventus
  11. What’s the tallest mountain in Africa? Kilimanjaro
  12. Which singer’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? Lady Gaga
  13. Alex the lion, Marty the zebra and Melman the giraffe are characters in which film? Madagascar.
  14. Which tennis player won 9 French open titles between 2005 and 2014? Rafa Nadal
  15. What sea creature with 8 legs is eaten in parts of Spain and Portugal? Octopus
  16. What is Spiderman’s real name? Peter Parker
  17. Who lives in Buckingham Palace? Queen Elizabeth the 2nd
  18. Which famous singer from the Caribbean has the surname Fenty? Rihanna
  19. Who sang the songs “I Kissed a Girl” and “Roar”? Katy Perry
  20. What historical region of Romania is considered the home of Dracula? Transylvania
  21. 1930, what country hosted and won the first football world cup? Uruguay
  22. What’s the smallest country in the world? Vatican city
  23. What is the name of the cowboy in the Toy Story films? Woody
  24. Cyclops, Iceman and Wolverine are member of which superhero group? X-men
  25. What’s the name of New Yorks most famous baseball team? Yankees
  26. Which princess does Link rescue in the Nintendo computer games? Zelda