I’ve been teaching singing to my elementary school classes for two years now. I usually teach a new song each month as well as sing the old songs. Singing is great for intonation, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. It’s also fun.
I also teach dancing when we learn a song, this is both fun and helps the students remember the words.
Here is an example of one of our singing sessions.
What actions do you when you are cooking? Here is a list of vocabulary for the various actions we take when we cook.
cut, cut the red pepper
slice, slice the cheese
chop, chop the onion
mix, mix the flour, milk and eggs
stir, stir the vegetables and the meat
whisk, whisk the milk and eggs
stir and mix are very similar. Usually we say stir when cooking and mix before cooking. you can use either one.
whisk is when you mix using a whisk
grind, grind the spices using a mortar and pestle
blend, blend the ingredients
knead, knead the dough until smooth
roll, roll out the dough
low heat medium heat high heat
low heat, turn down to low heat
medium heat, put on medium heat
high heat, heat the pan over high heat
roast, roast the beef on medium heat for two hours
toast, toast the bread
bake, bake the cupcakes for twenty minutes
roast and bake are almost identical in meaning. There is almost no difference between the actions. Roast usually takes a long time. a few hours.
steam, steam the vegetables
boil, boil the water
simmer, simmer for twenty minutes
usually a recipe will ask you to
bring to the boil and then simmer this means to boil and then reduce the heat
deep fry fry
deep fry, deep fry the potatoes until brown
fry, fry the onions in the pan
the difference between deep fry and fry is the amount of oil you use. deep frying uses more oil.
pour, pour the egg mixture into the pan
pour is often used with in or into e.g. pour the mix into the frying pan.
barbeque, barbeque the meat and vegetables
grill, grill the fish for two minutes
barbeque can also be an action e.g. lets barbeque the steaks
That said the action you are doing on the BBQ is the same action as grill e.g. let’s grill the steaks on the BBQ.
serve, serve the food
Once you are finished cooking you can serve the food.
This has been vocabulary for cooking, next week we will do a vocabulary building blog on ingredients.
Hello, this is a video explaining the past simple.
What did you do on the weekend?
Saturday Class November 17th 2018
What is the strangest form of transport you’ve ever seen?
My answer to this question would have to be in Vietnam. The transport wasn’t strange to me but the way it was being used was. In Vietnam a scooter can be a family car.
It really is amazing how many people they can get on a scooter
It is probably a lot of fun for the children and cheap for the parents. In Vietnam the scooter is the most common form of transport.
They are everywhere
One thing I noticed while I was in Vietnam was how few crossings there were. I also noticed that there weren’t many traffic lights. So if you want to cross the road you just cross. Don’t run, don’t stop. Just keep walking straight and you won’t get hit.
Just keep walking
I found it fascinating although the people I was travelling with thought it was terrifying.
The next step was to do some research. I asked the students to do their own research into unusual forms of transportation using their smart phones. After doing a bit of research they had to answer the following five questions:
Where is it?
Why do people like it?
How much does it cost?
How many people use this kind of transportation?
Would you like to use it? why? why not?
I did some research and found these interesting forms of transport. I’d like to try them all.
Bamboo train Cambodia Jeepney Philippines Longtail boat Thailand Monte Toboggan Madeirra Songthaew -Cambodia Tangah Pakistan Traghetto Venice
All of them show the ingenuity of humans. I personally would love to own a Jeepney. Not as a job but as a personal treasure.
Thursday Adult Class November 15th 2018
(describe means what that person is like)
In groups we came up with a list of adjectives we could use to describe a person.
Here is the list we came up with:
a person who is good towards other people
a person who makes others feel relaxed
and happy around them
a person who makes you laugh.
it can also be a person who is strange
a person who acts the way a friend would
to other people (not just friends of theirs)
a person who says nice things about
people and situations
a person who believes good things will
a person who has difficulty communicating
with new people
a person who causes other people to be alarmed
a person who has good manners within their
a person who often buys presents for
people or often gives money to charity
a person who makes other people’s life
a person who understands new ideas
a person who is often violent or angry
towards other people
a person who talks about things that are
a person who has high reasoning ability
a person who is often smiling and laughing
a person who will challenge themselves to
do things others wouldn’t
a person who wouldn’t hurt others
a person who doesn’t show off their abilities
a person who feels that what they do is
insignificant or says they are not significant
a person who wants to know how everything
works and why
a person how is peaceful and regularly relaxed
a person who can do a lot of work
a person who is often impolite, doesn’t
respect other’s feelings
a person who wants to travel the world,
meet people and have an adventure.
Do you know which worlds are positive personality traits and which ones are negative?
Categorise the words above into positive, negative, neutral or both.
Can you add more to the list?
Which personality traits are valued in your country?
Which personality traits would you use to describe
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