Have You Ever, Would You Ever?

This lesson plan is based on a bunch of different plans that I have seen here and there. Have You Ever, Would You Ever basically asks students a number of hypothetical questions to get them talking about extreme situations. I wrote this list as one appropriate to younger learners as well as to former Soviet learners based on their experiences. It can obviously be rewritten as you see fit. It’s a great plan because it can work as a first day lesson, or as a quick activity to kill some time before class ends, or as a warm-up to another activity.

Why Plan Lessons at All?

As I am moving my site over to the WordPress system, I’m also reorganizing everything so that as much as possible is included in the WordPress installation as possible. That way everything will be much easier to find for you, my readers. As I do that, I’m also going to take the chance to post about the lesson plans.

So the first lesson plan to be ported is not a lesson at all. It’s an article, Why Plan?, which includes a lesson plan template and advice on basic ways to organize lessons so you aren’t just going in there blindly. It covers some basic formats of lessons, key elements of lessons you want to think about it and general reasons why improvisation is not as good an idea as you may think it is.

More Olympics Vocabulary: Atheletics

I covered some Olympic vocabulary in a previous post and I am continuing the series now with Athletics since that’s the big event at the moment in Beijing.

Athletics or Track and Field, as it is sometimes called has a lot of equipment and therefore its own special vocabulary. Since it’s easier to show you than tell, here is a list of events with pictures that should make it pretty clear, and some key terms:


The discus is thrown and the winner is the athlete who can throw it the furthest.


The javelin is hurled or thrown.

Shot Put

Likewise the Shot put is hurled or heaved.


The hammer, different from the tool we use to bang in nails, is thrown and the event is called the hammer throw.

High Jump

Athletes see how high they can jump.

Long Jump

Athletes see how far they can jump, not how long. We call it the long jump because the distance is (hopefully) long. There is also the triple jump where they jump 3 times before their final leap

Pole Vault

The pole is what we call the big long stick and the bar is the mark at the top that they must jump over or clear to win.

Relay Race

Two teams compete when each individual runner runs a part of the race. Each runner passes the baton or gives the stick to the next runner after completing his or her part.


Runners jump over barriers or hurdles as they run.

That’s hopefully a good basis for you to follow along with NBC or the BBC as you watch the Summer Games!