BBC | British Council teaching English newsletter 03 October 05
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This week's Think article focuses on presentation skills for our students.
"Presentations are a great way to have students practise different language
areas (vocabulary, grammar, discourse and phonology) and skills (speaking,
reading, writing and listening). They also build confidence and presenting
is a skill that most people will need in the world of work. I find that
students who are good presenters are better communicators all round, since
they are able to structure and express their ideas clearly."
This week's Try is a complete lesson plan with materials based around TV
"In this lesson the students will look at the television viewing habits of
young people in the UK and compare them to the habits of young people in
their own country. They will begin by making television posters, then they
will do a split reading activity in pairs. The text is about television
habits in the UK. They will complete a questionnaire about their own viewing
habits and discuss how their habits are different from those of young people
in the UK. There is an optional role playing activity where students have to
agree on what to watch on television."
This week's quiz to download has six multiple-choice questions on
prepositional phrases for pre-intermediate students.
BBC Learning English produces lesson plans to accompany their news stories.
You can find the most recent ones at the following address:
This week's lesson plan is based around the story: Scientists find giant
There is also a series of lesson plans based on short talks by Professor
David Crystal on new words and expressions that have come in to the English
language in recent years. Each unit comes with downloadable transcripts,
audio and lesson plan. The series is called Keep your English up to date.
There will be 26 talks in total. The latest topic is: Toy boy
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