Didactic Material

You might find some of the material below useful for lesson preparation.

Lesson Plans

Here you will find links to lesson tempates. So far we have this one for beginner or elementary students

Elementary Lesson Plan

This lesson plan template is to help people who have already done some lessons with the flashcards to learn vocab and then to run simulations that would use the vocab in small conversations.

Universal Conversation Topics

This list of conversation topics has some ideas that you can use for any level really. It just needs to be adapted and elaborated on.

The conversation topics have been classified according to level using a number system from 1 for beginners to 5 for advanced. Basically any of the topics can be done with any level.

If you are teaching a beginner class or a lower level then you need to do a lot more preparatory work with regard to vocab and dialogue preparation and please make sure that you write what you are saying and the dialogues you make up on the lavagna. With higher levels you need to help them with more natural expressions, phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions. In all case pair work and error correction is vital!!

Make the questions more simple for lower levels and make them more demanding and complicated for higher levels. Add videos related to the topic to make the lesson more interesting and get students to role play situations. Try to do a song that is preferably related to the topic and again the way that you do the song or the activity related to the video or film clip that you choose will need to be adapted to suit the level of the students. Sometimes you can even use a small article but make sure it is interesting.

In this day of social media it is also a good idea to help students to differentiate between fake and real news so whenever you can incorporate this into lessons it would be good.


Flashcards are useful for beginners and elementary students. They can help students to learn vital new vocabulary and then using these newly learned words students can be helped to prepare short functionally based dialogues starting first with using expressions such as “Can I have …?” “Have you got ….?” “I need …..” “I’m sorry I haven’t got …..” when playing games like go fish or the memory game. Please watch the video below to understand better how to use the flashcards to help students to prepare short dialogues.

Flashcard Video

How to use the flashcards during the lesson

This video will help you to use the flashcards in a more conversational way. We want students to learn the new vocab but we want them to be able to make questions and answer relevant to the objects by playing games such as memory, go fish, shopping, eating out etc.

Important language such as have you got, I need, Can I have, I’d like, I’m sorry, It’s your turn, would you mind, etc

List of flashcards available

You can find a list of the flashcards available here Box stocklist 23 aug 17 or already printed in the middle room.


Conversation Cards

These are small conversations that teachers can use to help students make small functional type conversations. Very useful for lower levels. These cards have already been prepared and are in box 5 or you can prepare your own or just prepare a dialogue on the lavagna together with the students.

Describing people spreadsheet

Flashcards have been prepared with these words. This can be useful for students to remember words that they have already learned. It is practically a word game.

The Art of Conversation

These cards that wil be incorporated into presentation slides ready for open conversation

Google Slide Folder for the presentation slides

Open space for useful links – Please add links that you have found useful for teaching

Syllabuses and Business Topics

English File Books