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Let the Wheel Decide

Wheel Decide is a free online spinner tool that allows you to create your own digital wheels for decision making, prize giveaways, games, and more.The uses of Wheel Decide run as far as your imagination. In the EFL classroom and in education in general the wheels can be used for a variety of activities:


Spin a wheel of questions, topics, or vocabulary terms. This is a great substitute for studying or revising, and since the topics shuffle, everyone stays on their toes.Pick a random student in class to answer a question or participate in a classroom activity.Engage your students by having them decide on the options whether they are questions, vocabulary or grammar items. Use the wheel to randomly assign groups or teams. You can also randomly assign jobs to teams or individuals. Unlike you or your peers, Wheel Decide has no biases.Below you can find two wheels I made off the top of my head: one for playing vocabulary games and one for a pop quiz on irregular verbs. Feel free to use mine …
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"Zebra Question" by Shel Silverstein

It seems that I have a soft spot for Shel Silverstein's writings. They are simple yet so rich in meanings and they are always accompanied with straightforward illustrations that make them ideal for children and adults alike. Three years ago I created a short lesson on The Missing Piece Meets the Big O. This year I made a short video for one of Silverstein's short poems, the "Zebra Question". 
Zebra Question is a poem from the book A Light in the Attic, published in 1981. It is about a boy who asks a zebra whether it is black with white stripes or white with black stripes. The zebra replies somewhat sassily with an exhaustive list of questions: "Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits? Are you noisy with quiet times? Or quiet with noisy times? and on and on and on in a repetitive way.

The poem reminds us to look at situations but also at ourselves from different perspectives. Nothing can ever be simply black or white. What do we really think t…

This is Britain: Bonfire Night

A video on Bonfire Night, suitable for children and young teens in A2 level. The worksheet includes a True or False task, a link to an easy recipe for toffee apples, plus a cut out Guy Fawkes mask.

Make sure you take a look at my older post about November 5th and the story of Guy Fawkes night.



If you decide to use it, leave me a comment and tell me how it went!


The Origins of Halloween

Browsing through templates for powerpoint and google presentations, I came across a Halloween template in Slides Carnival that was just too beautiful to ignore. So I transferred one of my older lessons about the origins of Halloween into these slides making a few changes.


For example, I added a KWL chartat the beginning of the lesson to activate students' interest and have them ask their own questions about this popular custom. Questions such as: Why do people celebrate Halloween?, Is it really an American tradition?, Who was Jack-O- Lantern? and many more can be answered in the text. I also changed some of the True - False questions to make them easier to remember as students are not going to have a printed version of the text. 
The crossword can be downloaded separately. 





If you've used it, how did the lesson go? Let me know in the comments below!

This is Britain: Halloween

A "This is Britain" video on Halloween for younger learners together with worksheets to use in the classroom. 






All the World's a Stage

"All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's play As You Like It. The speech (Act II Scene VII) compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and categorizes the seven stages of a man's life: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, old age and facing imminent death.

The man in the poem goes through these stages all expressed in a sardonic and sometimes bitter tone: Infancy: He is a helpless baby and knows little.Whining schoolboy: He begins to go to school and is unwilling to leave the protected environment of his home. The lover: In this stage he is always sentimental, expressing his love in a silly manner. The soldier: He is uneasy and hot-headed. He is always working towards making a reputation for himself even at the cost of foolish risks.The justice: In this stage he thinks he has acquired wisdom. He has reached a stage where he has gained prosperity and social status and becomes vain.  Old Age: He is a sha…

Akinator, the Web Genie

Twenty Questions is one of those "go to" games that require no preparation and can be used as a timesaver when the lesson finishes earlier than expected or as a student reward or even when you are too tired or ill to continue, (because let's be honest, teachers can have "one of those days"....).


A fun alternative to the game is Akinator, the Web Genie. Akinator is an internet game and mobile app based on 20 questions that can guess which character the player is thinking of by asking them a series of questions. It is an atificial intelligence program that can "learn" the best questions to ask you. What is interesting about the Akinator is that the more you challenge him the bigger his database becomes. 

With Akinator students can have the chance to see questions modelled for them before they actually try to ask their own - asking questions is not as easy as it sounds for language learners especially in lower levels. Akinator can also be used as a compreh…