World Cup

I’ve been going over resources for teaching the World Cup in the EFL classrom. There’s a lot of great stuff up but I’ve been hunting for lessons that can reach all students, even those who aren’t interested or knowledgeable about football and, most importantly for my teaching situation, one-time lesson plans that fit into an hour or 90 minutes, because I teach a lot of groups only once a week.

So here are some worksheets and lesson plans that I really like. ESOL Courses has some nice quizzes and activities, particularly this original lesson on the vuvzela which has made such controversy.

this football game from Dave’s ESL Cafe can be used to test anything from vocab to grammar in a football spirit.

I used this drag and drop football vocab game the other day, although we didn’t have Internet so I just drew my own pictures.

Onestopenglish has some good resources: a first conditional lesson, which in and of itself is a little long, but could be shortened. My wife is also using their bracket charts to keep track of the tournament! I used this speaking lesson plan (with Teacher’s Guide) the other day at a beginner lesson, after I simplified the questions. It went really well. The first part of the worksheet, where students make longer and longer sentences with the words “I” and “football” was great for beginners because it showed them how much they could already say without realizing it.

I already Tweeted Sean Banville’s lessons on each match and those are fun particularly if you aren’t a football fan since they give crib notes on the game.

This reading and vocab lesson also looked promising.

And the BBC has a good list of basic and advanced football vocabulary as well as some slang.

I know a bunch of websites have put up best resources for the World Cup. Any other favorites?

My Picks from the Top

English Advantage did not make it into the top 100 language blogs for 2010. But I do secretly want a button that says something like “245th out of 100 top language blogs” just to see if anyone comments on it. In any case, here you can see the the winners on and I recommend going through and checking out any that look interesting.

As for the ones that I like in ESL (either already was reading or heard of thanks to this contest),
Kalinago Blog is a great blog for teachers. Lots of concrete ideas and resources as well as more theoretical articles. I’ve totally put this on my Google Reader. And I would basically say the same about Teacher Boot Camp. I had been following Shell Terrel on Twitter and glad to see she has a blog with lots of resources and ideas for teachers. I’ve also started following Lives of Teachers because of a nice post I saw on Twitter–but I forget which one. But it was really useful and thanks for it!

But enough about resources for teachers. If you are trying to learn English, Grammar Girl has a nice site and a great podcast as well. I used to download the podcast every week but now I just go through the archive when there’s a grammar point I want a good, clear, and entertaining explanation for. One blog that made it to the voting stage but didn’t go all the way (just like me, sniff, sniff) was Grammarphobia which also provides excellent and interesting explanations of points of grammar, vocabulary, syntax and word history. If you have a question, write. I wrote once about articles and got a long and detailed email response about 2 days later. Great resource. I already mentioned Will’s World of Words on an earlier post but wanted to mention it again here. Good posts on words, expressions and idioms. I just learned what a silver surfer is from Will!

Any other ESL blogs or sites you would recommend to me?