The list covers a collection of seemingly random expressions that can be grouped in four categories:
What to say on special occasions
Talking about likes and dislikes
Talking about yourself
Useful phrases when visiting an English speaking country
The teacher may decide to delete or edit any of the expressions on the list or add their own more suitable alternatives. The students work in pairs and they should have at least one copy of the list per pair.
The students work together in pairs to put the expressions from the list into four groups mentioned above (the teacher may want to change the categories). When the students have finished, the teacher goes over the expressions in the four groups discussing them with the students and providing any necessary explanation e.g. how to ask questions.
After that, the teacher sets a time limit (e.g. 5-10 minutes) and gets the students to work in small groups to write as many other useful expressions in the same four categories as they can think of. The teacher may want to choose only one or two categories rather than all four. The group which comes up with the biggest number of phrases wins. The expressions in the four categories can then be used as a mingling activity designed for students to get to know each other e.g. Find someone who… type of game. When the students have finished, the teacher can decide to have an open-class discussion and get the students to report to the rest of the class.
Pros and cons:
+ Good activities
+ Suitable for introductory lesson when the students don’t know each other well
– Some of the expressions on the list are not suitable for classroom and the teacher would need to rewrite them or add their own more suitable alternatives
– For Polish speakers only
– The teacher is required to do a lot of work preparing the class
An useful tool for learning basic vocabulary. The teacher should do a lot of work prior to the class.
|Complexity of the development / implementation of the content||Low – The website consists of html pages where are links to external training content and tests. It is for polish speakers only. The site is not too well developed. It contains simple exercises, tests, set of useful phrases and links.|
|Comfort of use||Easy, but you have to know polish as all the instructions are in Polish|
|Skills and knowledge required||Basic|
|Software requirements||No specific software requirements|
|Expected technological tendency/trend||Low. This type of tools are becoming less popular as they have limited features and do not offer progress check or certificates and are not visually attractive.|
|Mobile friendly||No||Registration required||No|