Bear Eats Porridge – enhancing an English lesson

Bear Oatmeal

I was recently teaching English (as a second language) to a class of Pre-Intermediate level (B4) students when  I encountered a short listening task. It was a news story titled “Bear Eats Oatmeal” which immediately made me think of the children’s story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.

I asked the students if they were familiar with the children’s story but only the young man from Switzerland knew the tale. The Japanese girls did not know about Goldilocks. I decided to use the Internet to enhance this learning experience!

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What do I mean when I say I teach English?

English Teaching

I teach English in Australia to adult students from other countries. I work in language schools in the city and I occasionally teach individual students in person or on video calls.

I have been thinking about the ultimate goal of this teaching and this is to help people to communicate in English for their daily life and their future.  

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7 Annoying and Dangerous Habits of Sydney Pedestrians

walkingThere are some dangerous  pedestrians in Sydney.

Walking is not difficult – you look ahead in the direction you are walking, listen to  sounds that tell you what is happening nearby, and most importantly you use your common sense.

Sadly there are too many idiots walking dangerously on footpaths, in shopping centres and railway stations. I don’t know why it is so difficult for people to walk intelligently, safely and being aware of other pedestrians.

These are the 7 most dangerous and annoying habits I have observed:

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Introducing Vegemite

VegemiteI teach English as a second language. Last week I brought in a jar of Vegemite and a packet of cracker biscuits  for my students to taste.

I wished I could have filmed the reaction of the Chinese teenagers here on a 2 week study tour of Sydney. Their faces expressed disgust!

So what is Vegemite? I prepared a handout for the students as well as showing them an old TV commercial.

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How I use Instagram as my photo gallery

Instagram

Instagram. Isn’t this some sort of social media thing that young people use to share photos of their food, browsing the latest fashions or posting daring selfies?

I like using Instagram which may come as a surprise to younger readers as I am a Baby Boomer and much older than the typical teenager or 20-something who have naturally embraced this social network.

Instagram is my personal photography gallery – a place where I can showcase my work to the world as well as looking at the photos of others.

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