Sentence Stress through Obama’s inauguration speech

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults
Type: listening for key/ prominent words in a real speech
Skills: listening; pronunciation (intonation and stress patterns in spoken English, mimicking an accomplished orator).
Language focus: any vocab as it arises.

Adjectives or Personality Types at a Party

Levels: pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate.
Ages: older kids; teens; young adults.
Type: role-play; revising personality adjectives; games.
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (intonation patterns displaying personality types).
Language focus: vocab – personality adjectives.

Generating Quick Stories to Practise Narrative Forms

Levels: intermediate.
Ages: older kids; teens; young adults.
Type: story discovery; games/competitions.
Skills: discovering stories; free writing; revising narrative forms.
Language focus: grammar – narrative tenses; any vocab necessary for students’ stories.

Sound Stories

Levels: elementary to advanced.
´╗┐Ages: kids; young teens.
Type: using raw sounds to generate stories.
Skills: listening; speaking; writing; pronunciation (using intonation to convey atmosphere and drama).
Language focus: vocabulary – ways of speaking; any grammar and vocab that arises from the written/performed follow-up.