Lessons · Reflection

Videotelling: Narrative Tenses with ‘A Thousand Words’

I’ve been trying more actively to incorporate elements of storytelling of late, and found a nice opportunity for a mini-videotelling this week which I wanted to share, along with the revisions I’d make. Videotelling, a term coined by Jamie Keddie, describes a kind of storytelling for the youtube age, exploiting the narrative of an engaging videoclip through… Continue reading Videotelling: Narrative Tenses with ‘A Thousand Words’

Activities · Lessons

My Life Story: Expressing the Hypothetical with Cuisenaire Rods

This post was inspired by an ELTJam post I recently came across and is also an excuse to… a. make my FIRST EVER GIF!!! and… b. revive cuisenaire rods. Poor little things deserted in the back of staffroom cupboards around the world. While avoiding the term l***ning sty*e here, I absolutely love the visceral handling of these… Continue reading My Life Story: Expressing the Hypothetical with Cuisenaire Rods

Activities

Suffix Poems: Making Word Formation Memorable

The Word Formation task from the Use of English section in exams like CAE and FCE strikes fear (or boredom) into the hearts of students. While there is a finite list of English prefixes (malformed) and suffixes (formation), it’s an incredibly long one. Also confusing are combined forms with an apparent affix which is intrinsic and indivisible from the… Continue reading Suffix Poems: Making Word Formation Memorable