You are what you wear: a conversation lesson

I have a student who is majoring in psychology at university. Every now and then I try to find texts that talk about psychology but that are general enough that I can understand and take part in the conversation.

For a while, I have had a video activity to talk about clothes and dress codes and I finally managed to find an interesting text to match with it (from Forbes, of all places). This lesson can be used with adults to discuss the importance of appearance in a work context but could also be adapted for younger students, mainly those who are about to go to university.

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Netflix and online piracy – a conversation lesson

Last year I read Australian newspapers quite often as I was preparing a student to go on a 6-month exchange to Melbourne. I have actually already posted one of the lessons I prepared for him, about Vegemite.

Another lesson was about Netflix in Australia and how it can be compared to what we have in Brazil. I have recently used this lesson again, in light of internet providers trying to limit the amount of data broadband connections can use. This lesson can be used with both adults and adolescents and my students have enjoyed it so far.

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Working at Google – A conversation lesson for adults


I realize it’s been some time since I last posted a lesson, let alone a conversation lesson. I’ve received some comments from teachers who have missed them, so here we go again.

I’ve said it elsewhere that LinkedIn can be a great source of texts that are business related and a couple of weeks back I found one from a man explaining why he had left Google. His story and reasons struck a chord with me and I hope it will do same with your students.

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Teaching grammar without a book: third person singular

Since I posted a lesson about inversions a while back, I have been thinking about writing more about grammar. I┬áhaven’t used many coursebooks recently, so I figured a personalized grammar lesson may interest other teachers.

While working in a Celta course, I usually only observe candidates teaching. However, if a candidate doesn’t show up for his or her teaching practice, I need to step up and fill in the void so that other candidates’ lessons are not affected.

The lesson I’m sharing today is one I prepared for such an occasion. It’s aimed at adult elementary students but, with minimal adaptations, it could be used with adolescents as well.

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