суббота, 31 мая 2014 г.

Summer song with the amazing summer vocabulary !

Hello,dear learners!

This sunny summer song is amazing! Sing it, enjoy and don't forget to  learn a new vocabulary and revise Future Simple tense!

In Summer
From "Frozen"

Bees'll buzz, kids'll blow dandelion fuzz
And I'll be doing whatever snow does
In summer
A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
Prob'ly getting gorgeously tanned
In summer

Reading for studying English : Summer is Coming by Dora Goodale

Do you remember how happy we were when the beautiful spring  had come and brought us first flowers,green grass and birds chirping ?
But today it's time to say good bye to this marvelous season and welcome the admirable, bright summer!


Summer is Coming
by Dora Goodale 

"Summer is coming!" the soft breezes whisper;
"Summer is coming!" the glad birdies sing.
Summer is coming - I hear her quick footsteps;
Take your last look at the beautiful Spring.

пятница, 30 мая 2014 г.

From Monday to Friday

Grammar : Perfect Continuous

Hello,dear learners!

Today we'll study new verb tenses : Present and Past Perfect Continuous .

How to form Perfect Continuous ?

As usual, let's have a look at the table of verbs forms. You see, that the formular for this group is 
to have been Ving.
If you need Present Perfect Continuous form ,you should use the first auxiliary verb in its Present forms : have or has;
If you need Past Perfect Continuous form, you should use the past form of have -had.
You should remember that been and Ving are constant.

четверг, 29 мая 2014 г.

Sing Songs and Learn English:Mr. Probz - Waves

 Hello,dear readers!

I think ,we have worked hard this week studying English grammar and vocabulary, so it's time to have some fun! What is more, summer is almost here and everyone dreams about vacations. Am I right?
That's why I want we to listen to this refreshing summer song. The words are not difficult,the grammar is easy :you'll see how Present Continuous is used.

You only should pay attention to this expression :

I wish I could make it easy
Easy to love me, love me. 
wish + past simple verb is used to express regret about a present situation, so the phrase above means 
I'm sorry I can't make it easy to love me.

So, let's learn English and relax!


The secret of getting ahead...

среда, 28 мая 2014 г.

IELTS Speaking Task 1 - How to get a high score (video)

The levels of English proficiency + The Oxford 3000

Hello, dear readers!

Today we’ll talk about the English levels . Each student want to know how well he knows English, how many words he needs to start f communicate with native speakers fluently.

There are six levels of  English proficiency. Here they are.


Beginner level .

 It includes the basic  English. A student can  read  simple texts, talk in few words about himself and his everyday activity, and also  maintain a simple dialogues on everyday topics.

The  vocabulary of this level  is less than 600 words.

вторник, 27 мая 2014 г.

воскресенье, 25 мая 2014 г.

English Grammar in Use: Tenses (check yourself !)

Hello , dear learners!

I have revised the Grammar section and decided to give you a chance to control how well you   know the tenses of English verbs which we have learned.
As usual, I use a short extract from
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

In this exercise you have to find verbs and name the verb tenses .

“Ha!” said  Mr Banks. “Admiral’s telescope says  East Wind. I thought  as much. There is frost in my bones. I shall wear two overcoats.” And he kissed his wife absentmindedly on one side of her nose and waved to the children and went away to the City.

... Mrs Banks went into the drawing room and sat there all day long writing letters to the papers and begging them to send some Nannies to her at once as she was waiting; and upstairs in the Nursery, Jane and Michael watched at the window . They were glad Katie Nanna had gone, for they had never liked her.

пятница, 23 мая 2014 г.

Esl reading for kids : Summer and Bees

bees_in_the_garden         Hello dear  readers!

It's almost summer here and I think, this lovely funny poems about flowers,gardens and bees will help you to organize an unforgettable Goodbye, school ! party for your little pupils. You can also use them for organising a special activity in  English summer camps or just for reading  and playing with your own kids!






We Have a Little Garden

by Beatrix Potter
We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.  
We love our little garden,
And tend it with such care,
You will not find a faded leaf
Or blighted blossom there.

English Vocabulary in Use (+ video)

What is your level of English language? Is it basic ,or intermediate, or advanced? How often do you use such words as good, bad, or nice? Can you easily replace them with more informative adjectives?

среда, 21 мая 2014 г.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.


Dear friends!
Today is a special day for everyone :World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. It is marked on the 21 of May.

We are from different countries . Today we can tell each other something interesting about our customs and traditions.

How to Pronounce ORDINAL NUMBERS (1st, 6th, 8th and others)

Hello, dear learners!

This superb video is very useful for those who have some problems with the pronunciation of ordinal numbers, like 1st, 6th, 8th and so on.
I strongly recommend you to see this video

вторник, 20 мая 2014 г.

The Fame of English Literature : The Flowers by Robert Louis Stevenson (+ video)

 Have you ever been to the Magic Garden?

 I'm sure ,you were there when you were as small, as a rose bush. Then everything was different and you could see a tiny fairy and listen to her song.

The magic world is opened to us by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)  in his poem The Flowers.

 This Scottish writer is famous for his adventure novel  Treasure Island, but his poems from A Child's Garden of Verses are also amazing.

Hope, you'll read and enjoy this one

понедельник, 19 мая 2014 г.

mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: Cut a worksheet for a change of pace!

If you need some fresh ideas for your lesson, read this post. It's really interesting!

mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: Cut a worksheet for a change of pace!:
What is my student doing at the window? Admiring the view? Taking a break? Trying to get warm by leaning against the window heated by the  sun? Actually he's working on a worksheet!

There are a lot of people who feel that worksheets for the most part are no longer needed in class. It is an interesting and environmental idea, but sometimes I just like having my students use worksheets.

However, I do think worksheets can become a crutch. Like PowerPoint, webquests or any classroom tool, if we use it the same way too much, it doesn't provide the variety our students need.

ESL reading for studying English : Silent Protest by Vernon Waring

                                                                                     Hello,dear readers!

Reading this funny poem,   we 'll learn  two groups of synonyms, they are  :
  •     to be quiet,hushed,silent,shushed;

  •     pure,unadulterated

and the pair of antonyms: silence - noise.

As you can see, this short poem is  very useful for any English learner. 
So, let's read, learn,enjoy!

Silent Protest

by Vernon Waring

In church pews I am quiet
In libraries I'm hushed
At grave sites I am silent
In theaters I am shushed

In hospital halls I whisper
The epitome of poise
But frankly what I'd welcome now
Is some pure unadulterated NOISE!

воскресенье, 18 мая 2014 г.

Singing for studying English : Everything about You by One Direction

sing a songHello,friends!
Welcome to English:learn,read, enjoy!
Today we'll sing the popular song
 Everything about You by One Direction and improve our English skills .
First of all, let's visit our Language laboratory to study some difficult or unusual phrases and revise grammar rules .
Then listen to the song and sing it along. It's a great exercise for developing your listening and speaking skills.

четверг, 15 мая 2014 г.

Studying English : Motivation

Today let’s talk about raising motivation to studying English.

As for my country, it is far from English speaking societies, and what is more , it is culturally and economically isolated from English speaking world. So, very often the teachers have the difficulties with engaging students to study  English.

The students refuse to study English because they are sure they won’t use it in future, so they needn't to  study it today. It's just waste of time for them.
I don't know if my colleagues have  such a problem, but I have.That’s why I decided to make my students think   where they can  hear,read and speak   English at present.

The pupils thought a bit and gave me such answers:

среда, 14 мая 2014 г.

ESL reading for kids : My Family

my sweet home

The 15th of May is the International Family Day. 

Today I'd like you to  read these sweet poems and sing a song about family with your kids and young pupils.
Let's read ,sing,  enjoy!

My House

Here are the windows,
Here is the door.
Come on in, I'll show you more.
Here is the kitchen, the living room too.
A bathroom, three bedrooms, and a room for you!
An attic, a chimney, and a roof above.
And my house is a home,
'Cause it's filled with love!

ESL Reading : George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

 George Bernard Shaw is a genius of English literature, and one of the most well-known writers of the world. Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote more than 60 plays during his lifetime and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

 He is famous for his plays ,which are the example of the deep  sense, humour and good taste. No wonder ,that his plays are still popular around the world. As for me , I especially love these ones : "Saint Joan","Heartbreak House","Pygmalion","Caesar and Cleopatra "

But I'm sure we have to memorise his wise words. They show us how well this person knew the human's nature .

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четверг, 8 мая 2014 г.

среда, 7 мая 2014 г.

Songs for teaching English: ecological education

Ecological education is an important part of teachers' work. 
This song gives rules for being green in everyday life.

Lesson Plans : The Styles of Painting


1. To start the lesson you can read and comment these quotations about art of painting with the pupils.:

  •        Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.  ~Amy Lowell
  • To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann
  • Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.  ~Amy Lowell
  •  Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  ~Leonardo da Vinci
  •  An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.  ~Andy Warhol 
  •  As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.  ~John Lubbock 

вторник, 6 мая 2014 г.

Speaking : likes -dislikes

We often have to talk about likes and dislikes in everyday life.
 How many words and phrases do you know to express your preferences?
 This video gives students a list of useful expressions to talk about likes and dislikes.

The fame of English literature :Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a great figure in the cultural life of  America and by the time of
 his death he became a world-famous personality. He traveled a lot and learned various languages. 
Today we'll listen and read  one of the most popular poem of  Longfellow, in it he compares the arrow to life, and the songs are compared to feelings. Even though songs (feelings) are unseen, they are still real.
Hope, you'll like this poem! 

So, let's listen to the poem and enjoy it!

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