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Proverbs and quotations

For years I have been writing quotations, proverbs and statements on the top left side of the board.

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A Handful of Poems by Tony Mitton

The four poems in this collection are all by Tony Mitton, and the materials are the first to be designed by BritLit for the age range 9 – 11 year olds.

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Using small cut-up pictures to practise vocabulary on the OHP

This activity can be used with any level depending on the vocabulary being practised, and aims to recycle or revise vocabulary in one chosen vocabulary field or can also be used to elicit or pre-check vocabulary before leading into a main activity.

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Down by the Cool of the Pool

“Down by the Cool of the Pool” is a rhyming text written by Tony Mitton. Join Frog and his farmyard friends as they dance around the pool. Flip and flop, splish and splash, stomp and stamp! This little story has lots of noises for children to have fun with. It’s guaranteed to make them all laugh!

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A business letter

In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.

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Collocation pelmanism

This activity follows on from the Think article Lexical exploitation of texts. It is often necessary to recycle new words several times in class before they become part of learners' active vocabulary, and the same is true of collocations.

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Analysing Language

In a previous article, I emphasised the importance of checking understanding in the process of teaching new structures and lexis, particularly through the use of concept questions.

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The child as a learner 2

In the first part of this two-part article we looked at how children learn a language and how to create the right environment for learning.

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Scrabble letters

Here are some useful learning activities based around scrabble letters.

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Lucky

'Lucky' is a kit based on the short story by Jane Rogers, and is the first in a series of BritLit projects in collaboration with Comma Press. Unlike previous kits, 'Lucky' uses the spoken rather than the written word as its primary source, and the story is read by the author on an mp3 audio file.

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