Category Archives: high school

Speed Speaking

I made a collection of slides that are designed for TOEFL-style speaking.  They can be used as a pair warmup activity in class, and optionally in an interview test, according to the teacher’s interests. Download the files from Archive.org. There … Continue reading

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Homework Objectives

What is the point of homework? I was chatting with my coworkers the other day and learned they were spending long hours grading homework. I asked them why, and we had a fascinating conversation. It turns out they were spending … Continue reading

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Organizing Files

As teachers, we have a lot of data, and how we organize our files impacts whether we can easily share them with other teachers in the future. Here are some organizational tips I’ve learned over the past decade that I … Continue reading

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Sports

Sports come up in textbooks all over the place, and with good reason: many people either do or did play sports, many sports have a strong cultural like, and watching sports on TV or YouTube is incredibly popular.  Here is … Continue reading

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Country Slide Show

Several years ago, Adam and I made some posters about countries so that students could make small groups, and use the posters to prepare and deliver presentations. As we wrote back then: Presentations are common activities in English conversation classes, … Continue reading

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Journals

For my junior and senior high school classes, when the numbers are right — and by that I mean low enough — I like to have my students write in journals once every week or two. The general setup is … Continue reading

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Occupations

Here are some occupation flash cards.  Occupations (jobs) are a topic that first comes up in my eighth grade textbook.  Students are asked about their dream job, why they are interested in it, and what steps they can take towards … Continue reading

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