Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head
The classic solution (once Taboos and Issues is exhausted and please tell me you’re not using the “conversation” methods on the Breaking News English site) is an article hastily photocopied from The Metro (if you’re teaching in a UK city) or an article not so hastily downloaded from the internet after you wasted an hour trawling sites for something your students could read in five minutes.
But if you do that too often, without prepping any questions or vocab exercises or something to make it actually useful for the students beyond what is now essentially a reading lesson not a speaking lesson, it makes you look lazy and unprepared. When you’re not getting paid to prep you need something that saves you the most time but maximises class time.
So, I’ve put together ten of the best of my weekly Simple Speaking lessons and they’re ready to save ten (or more, since some of the lessons will easily roll over) of your conversation classes. There’s no prep whatsoever beyond photocopying the questions, but plenty of vocab input. Let’s say you usually spend 30 minutes prepping a conversation class (but it used to take me longer as I wasted ages looking for something to teach!). For 10 classes that’s five hours of work saved — minimum!
The method involves a text but, crucially, the discussion is done before the reading. You can direct the students to the link at the bottom of the questions if they want to read the article after the lesson. The full method is explained in the book.
It’s available on Amazon for $3.33 / €2.99 as an ebook straight to your device. Click on the picture below to go to Amazon.com but you can find it on the Amazon site in most countries by changing .com to .uk, .es, .mx etc.
**NB This is not an automatic download as I will email it to you as soon as I get the notification from PayPal. I usually check my email a lot but it might be up to 12 hours or so if I’m busy/out, so don’t worry if you don’t get an instant delivery.