Archive for October, 2009

Relocation time – now

October 27, 2009 1 comment

Hi All,

A friend has given me some hosting space so have moved my blog to

See you there,



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This weeks link – good if you’re doing a TD course

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

A slightly belated and a tad egotistic link this week. Late, as it should have been last week and egoistical as the link is to a site I helped put together though please be kind as it is still a work in progress.

For the last year or so, a friend (twitter @NikkiFortova) and I have been collating together things that might help people doing a more advanced teaching methodology course such as the Cambridge Modular Delta.  We will add a glossary for pre-service candidates in the near future.

We started it for the candidates on the course I work on at International House Prague as a place to exchange links, discuss terminology and so on.  Anyway at the end of the course in June , we realised that there was quite a bit on information on there so have spent the last few months tidying it up and putting it all on a moodle.  As I said, it is not quite finished yet but since a lot of extensive  Delta courses start around now, we thought we’d launch it to the world. Both Nikki and I are moodle obsessives so we also use the site to try out stuff that we can use on courses.

It has got to the point were it is tidy enough for people to use so we invite anyone interested to make use of it and equally as important add to it.  Amongst the resources on there are two wikis, which we have been building – one of EFL terminology and one a collection of blogs and links that we have collected from various tweets and other sources. Neither is complete so if your site is not there, please add it.

To get to the site, please click here and then enter Delta Potpourri as a guest (though if you want to make an account feel free).

We hope you find the site useful and if have any suggestions for what to add to it please let us know.

Oh and my blog is about to move, a colleague has given me some hosting space so hopefully, I’ll be able to give you the new url next week.

Until then, have a good teaching week,

Shaun  (and Nikki)

Categories: links, online

A sick lesson that really smacked it

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Finally got round to teaching the sick vocabulary that I mentioned in my posting a couple of weeks ago.   So here’s what I did with it.  You can download the materials for from the right column of my blog. As always I wanted to teach the lesson utilising what’s available on the Internet so that the students can easily got back and revisit the sites and extend their English by visiting some of the links if they are interested in pursuing the topic further. It also fits nicely into my last posing about the plethora of free stuff out their for teachers to find and use.  As always, the main purpose of the lesson is lexically orientated with authentic listening thrown in. The added links provide further reading practice and could provide the basis for further work, especially collaborative learning and projects.

The lesson begins by reviewing the ‘sick’ sentences from the previous post.  Almost all the students are all mothers and or grandmothers we extended the task by asking them if the knew any ‘czech’ teen vocabulary and a general discussion of the pros and cons of ‘teens’ (and for that matter adults) having their own codes.  This stage allows for some personalisation. Next I got them to do the quiz that appeared in the guardian (sadly they got more then the 5 I originally got but then they were collectively doing it 🙂 ). This was followed by a further discussion prompted by the realisation that some of the words were use in Czech as well (i.e. flossing – and if you haven’t yet done the quiz, note this is nothing to with your teeth).

I then showed them some of the words that appear in then accompanying article to the quiz and asked them to try and guess a meaning, providing with the text  to see if they were right (another way of dealing with the text could be to design a kinaesthetic exercise, I didn’t do this as they will be ‘matching’ for homework on quizlet.)

A search of teens peak on youtube, threw up a couple of useful clips. One a news program and the other advice for parents . The news clip is interesting (well it prompted an interested discussion in class) as it starts off just talking about teen speak, quickly equates this with ‘danger’ and then takes it into the realms of predators. The reactions of some of the parents are comical.  We used it as a listening exercise to both listen for what so-called ‘teen’ acronyms are and the new listened to gauge attitudes of speakers.  (questions are on the powerpoint slides).  The second clip is on the same theme but this also links to a website so sts can find a transcript of what was said.  To use this slightly differently, I took the letter mentioned in the clip and asked the students to work out what the writer wanted to say and then they listened to confirm their predictions.

To round off the lesson and make use of the really nicely made game templates for powerpoint that someone twittered. I made a version of ‘who want to be a millionaire’ (I put it in the drop box) which we played in class.

I have also made put the words from the handbook on quizlet so the students can go back and do further work if they so wish.

Actually there are a number of post-lesson things that could be done, I have as always included links given to my students so they can develop the area themselves. On top of that it seems to me that such an area is perfect for project work  – students can go to links find words, make class wikis of the words (i.e. their own dictionary), make mind maps and so on.

Anyway until next time, enjoy the rest of your weekend,


Links for the lesson.

As you can see from the post, there are links throughout for the main lesson materials and the powerpoint and millionaire you can take from There are lots of hits, if you google teenspeak.

A teen chat decoder (yes really) – you type in the word in teen speak, it translate it for you.

The same website also has a teen speak dictionary and here is a BBC lexicon.

A blog posting on teen speak from radical parenting website