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Matthew Lowish
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I am currently teaching at a language school in Beijing, China.

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Newspaper Job Advertisements
Here are six job adverts that I have used to practise job interviews in the classroom. I brainstorm the questions that interviewers and interviewees may ask at a job interview and divide the class into applicants and employers. The applicants cycle between the various employers and the interviewers must eventually choose the best person for the job...
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Type: activity-card
Downloads: 1313

Which Accomodation?
For this selection activity the students act as travel agents and must choose the most suitable type of accomodation for four different kinds of travellers. Although the matching exercise should be pretty straightforward, this activity could lead to a general discussion about the various kinds of accomodation or a role play where students help each...
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Type: lesson-plan
Downloads: 424

Making friends
For this activity the students must pair up each person with the most suitable pen-pal for them. It is necessary to pre-teach vocabulary pertaining to movies, books, sports and hobbies in general. Also explain different ways to say ´like´ and ´dislike´- I brainstorm this beforehand. After the students have had some time to complete the activity, dr...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Type: lesson-plan
Downloads: 249

The job interview
This is an activity whereby the students are directors of a company and they must hire one of four applicants. You should start by talking about a job interview including associated vocabulary. This activity is really about choosing the best candidate for the job. I use one Chinese candidate but you can modify it to suit the host country.
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Type: lesson-plan
Downloads: 208

Witness to a crime
This activity could be included in a lesson about crime. Start by asking the students what evidence the police can collect regarding a crime. Explain that the most common kind of evidence is testimony from witnesses. Then give them the crime situation. The students need to read the statements and decide which witness is the most reliable. In additi...
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Type: others
Downloads: 85

Restaurant Menu
I use this a stimulus material for students to devise and act out their own role-plays in a restaurant. Usually pair work but it can extend to the role of several customers, waiters and a restaurant manager too. I extend this by throwing in some complaints as well! Could be useful for teaching the conversation skills needed for ordering food, etc.
Level: intermediate
Age: 10-100
Downloads: 73

Home Sweet Home
In this activity the students play the role of an estate agent. You should start by introducing the topic of homes and neighbourhoods. Ask the students to list the most important parts of a ´dream home´. Then, give them the task. Here, a family is looking for a new home and there are four possible choices. Each has its pros and cons and the student...
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Type: lesson-plan
Downloads: 55

Which School?
Many students learn English in order to study abroad some day. Begin by asking them what kinds of things make a good study abroad program. Then give them this scenario whereby two people (Chinese- but you can change it to suit your needs) want to study abroad and the students need to select the most suitable course for each one. Make a table on the...
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Type: lesson-plan
Downloads: 42


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