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This week's newsletter features a lesson that asks students to describe the final scene of a movie to practice a wide range of forms. There's also a review of how to use make and do, and a look at using dialogues to practice reading comprehension and speaking in class.
The final scene of any film is full of information. The image contains information about what happened to cause the film, what has happened in the meantime, what is going to happen in the future and what might have happened if something else hadn't happened... Using a final scene as a prop provides a great vehicle for students to orally review the various verb forms they have been working on.
As you may know, the two verbs 'do' and 'make' are often confused in English. The meanings are often similar, but there are differences. In general, we do tasks and activities in English. With make something physical is produced. Do is a chore, Make is creating something.
These reading comprehension dialogues provide an opportunity for both reading and speaking practice. Each dialogue is also followed by a multiple choice quiz for comprehension practice. Each dialogue is listed under the appropriate level with a short introduction regarding target areas for speaking practice. Teachers can check out the ideas on how to use dialogues in class and print them out for use.