The #1 ……(textbook lesson)

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.

Nosy Neighbors – Jill Hadfield, “Elementary Communication Games!”

This is in response to Lindsay Clandfield’s recent “6 things” blog post about textbooks. He has nice lists but I still think they are too long! Let’s keep it to the best!

Jill Hadfield is a teacher’s teacher (and I don’t throw that around, she has earned it). Her textbook/photocopiables are very basic but strongly productive activities for students to practice and learn English. The BEST!

Nosy Neighbours is a simple sheet and cards (I’ve made picture cards). You get hours of activity with one simple sheet, can be used with all tenses and all kinds of target language and it’s about gossip. And let’s face it – that’s about as strong a built in methodology for language learning as you’ll ever get. Read my description and lesson run down here. (lesson 83 – Lessons in a Can).

Without a doubt, the #1 all time textbook/book lesson! (and it is ooooooold).

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2 Responses

  1. You’re absolutely right, my posts can get out of hand. I like the short, to the point post you’ve got. The number one of everything is a very nice idea. I don’t envy you having to make the choice though, I find it hard enough with six!!
    Good choice though. I also love the Jill Hadfield books, they have got me through many a class. Nosy neighbours is a classic too.
    Best of luck with your other short great lists!

  2. ddeubel says:

    Thanks for your comment Lindsay. I’ve followed your blog for a long time and got lots of ideas…

    My #1 really isn’t in reaction to your lists – rather those top 20/100/500 lists. It boggles the mind! So just decide for a month, I’ll list about 30 of my number 1. Our culture (American) has a penchant for the BEST damn the rest.

    Your post also reminded me of my time in the early days teaching Grapevine. Remember that video about the restaurant and everything was “off”. First time I’d heard that and the humor was just as lost on me as my students. (I think it was grapevine…).

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