Happiness is one of the feelings that we all understand a bit differently. Listen to five speakers talking about happiness, and discuss what it means to you. Is it being with your family, making everyone else around you happy, or being by yourself? Occasionally, I like to look at Cambridge sample papers and oftentimes find… Continue reading B2 Listening Part 3 – The meaning of happiness
A2/B1 – How is wine made? (the present passive)
Two of my long-term private students, recently have asked me to change the format of our conversation lessons. Up to this point, I was allowed to practise Dogme style, but now I'm back to good old basics. They always give me the topic of our next meeting, and this time I really enjoyed it -… Continue reading A2/B1 – How is wine made? (the present passive)
B1 – Are you a Bookworm?
Are you a Bookworm? is my second lesson of the Preply course titled Culture Vulture. As the title suggests, the class shifts its focus from music to books. Even though the lesson is on reading habits, the primary purpose of this class is speaking. As I've mentioned before, I gave much more thought to this group class… Continue reading B1 – Are you a Bookworm?
B2/C1 – Buccal fat removal (guided reading)
I don't know about you, but I spend a little too much time on social media. Luckily, I don't own a TikTok account, but other platforms with similar features rob you of your free time. I saw a video on buccal fat removal during one of those YouTube scrolling sessions. Whether it was the clickbait… Continue reading B2/C1 – Buccal fat removal (guided reading)
Christmas-themed B2 speaking
It has become somewhat of a tradition on this blog that for every bigger holiday you can count on a Cambridge-style themed speaking. Last year I prepared a speaking class for the B1 level. This time it's time to focus on FCE students and let them enjoy Christmas while practising English. If you have used… Continue reading Christmas-themed B2 speaking
B2 – The bizarre world of perfume ads
Christmas time is already here, and what goes with it - the many perfume ads on TV. They stand out and have a different feeling from your typical Christmasy ads. They are often shot in the style of professional movies and more often than not, leave us questioning the meaning behind them. During one of… Continue reading B2 – The bizarre world of perfume ads
B1 – Our Home, Our World
The unthinkable has happened! On 12th September, I received a mysterious e-mail from someone from Preply, inviting me to be one of the course tutors. Obviously, I accepted! How could I not? I've been teaching Preply ready-made group lessons for about five months now, and it felt like the next natural step in my online… Continue reading B1 – Our Home, Our World
First lesson for B1 Cambridge exam preparation
Here we go again! Another academic year has already started (or is about to begin). If you have Cambridge PET exam preparation groups, I've got something just for you! Don't waste time and get your students working on their speaking skills from day one. This lesson plan uses the official Cambridge PET speaking exam to… Continue reading First lesson for B1 Cambridge exam preparation
B1 Listening – Women and Football
It doesn't matter where you are and who you're talking to, they can recognise Ronaldo or Lewandowski. Why has football become such an essential part of our lives? Why during a World Cup or any other Championship, does the whole world stop? It seems that anywhere we look we are surrounded by sports bars whose… Continue reading B1 Listening – Women and Football
Do online platforms promote ‘lazy’ teaching?
Nowadays, with the online teaching platforms springing up like mushrooms, anyone who speaks English can become an EFL teacher. Even though having a teaching certificate can give you leverage over other unqualified teachers, it doesn't mean that you can't be successful with it. For many, teaching online is a side hustle and an easy way… Continue reading Do online platforms promote ‘lazy’ teaching?