Logic puzzles

May 19, 2009

Just a quick post about logic puzzles. If you’re teaching the language of deduction (must / may / might / can’t ) or if you’re teaching quantifiers (all / every / none / any / both / either / neither / or / nor) as I will be later today than a logic puzzle is a good way to get students using the language. A very simple and popular one is Mastermind. Here is an online version of the game which you could fire up on the old E-board…

http://www.gamesforthebrain.com/game/guesscolors/

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song for second conditionals

May 17, 2009

Working with second conditionals? Check this song out!

the lyrics: http://www.google.com.br/search?hl=pt-BR&num=50&ei=O08QSvCVD6CW8wTQ07yiBg&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=if+i+had+a+million+dollars+lyrics&spell=1

Have fun!


Internet roundup

May 15, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve found a few useful things which you might like.

1) Wikipedia – the free online encyclopaedia (<spelling?) has launched a Simple English version of its website. They only have 60,000 articles (compared to the many million in the normal version) but for students who feel inspired to read the internet, or for teachers to find a lower level reading this could be the place. Why not create a scavenger hunt on the web. Brilliant!

2) Ted.com – a while ago I mentioned this extraordinary site. Famous and well-known experts talk for about 10 minutes about their ideas. Great listening practice for students! The best thing is – I only noticed this week, most of the videos have an English subtitles option! You can turn it on and off – so see how much students can get for gist first then put the video on again with subtitles. They have 100s of videos so use the search option to find something related to your subject area. Amazing!

3) From time to time I see some fun videos on YouTube that people send me. All of these are to do with sport. The first is an amazing slo-motion video of surfing – it shows what happens to the water when a wave breaks, beautiful.

Another amazing video of a guy riding his bike in the most unusual places in Edinburgh (up trees, along fences etc.)

And finally this one – probably my favourite YouTube video of recent times: Ronaldo (and Lula, Pele and many others!) singing “I will follow him” from Sister Act. It’s a Brazilian video and so helpfully includes subtitles back into Portuguese. Hilarious!