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New Writing Lesson: IELTS Argument Led Essay

Date:

31st May 2016

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson Update

Free ESL lesson for IELTS writing task 2: IELTS Argument Led Essay. Discuss pros and cons before giving a personal opinion.

It has been a while but finally new material has been added - and it's good! The focus of this lesson is writing an argument led essay, which is useful for students who need to become familiar with fundamental writing structure. This is particularly relevant to participants of the IELTS exam as writing task 2 may require that the student produce an essay using the argument led approach. Bear in mind, however, that IELTS participants need to be familiar with other essay writing approaches too, such as the thesis led approach.

In total, this is a 2-hour lesson. The first hour uses the worksheets to briefly review some basic writing concepts, and more importantly, develop the students' ability to plan and structure an essay using the argument led approach. The second hour gives the students a chance to practice by having them write an argument led essay. The writing checklist provided may be used while writing, or to mark the essay afterwards.

If you think this lesson will benefit your students writing communication, give it a go. It is easy to teach, productive and engaging. As always, . Hope you like it!

Dave

New Grammar Lesson: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous!

Date:

9th March 2014

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL grammar lesson: Present simple vs. present continuous. Using stative and continuous verbs to talk about now.

A great new grammar lesson has just been uploaded which most of you will find useful! The class allows students to effectively describe the present using the present simple and present continuous tenses. Even though these are basic tenses, students commonly misuse them when talking about the present moment. By raising the students' awareness of stative and continuous verbs, these errors should be minimised.

The lesson starts off using some fairly straight-forward worksheets which highlight the key differences between actions and states which are associated with continuous and stative verbs respectively. There is nice board game to cap things off. This is fun and provides some valuable freer practice.

Try this lesson with your students. I'm sure that it'll be an enjoyable and productive experience for everyone. Don't forget to . Good luck!

Dave

New Pronunciation lesson: R L Pronunciation!

Date:

18th January 2014

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL pronunciation lesson: R L sounds

Teaching Truffles' latest pronunciation worksheets are here! The lesson focuses on being able to listen to and accurately produce /r/ and /l/ sounds. Students from a variety of countries often have problems producing at least one of these sounds. This is most often the case when the student's native language doesn't have one these sounds.

In the lesson, the students will briefly learn how to correctly use their tongue to produce both sounds. The students will then do some fun pairwork activities which will allow them to improve their ability to hear and produce the sounds themselves.

If your students ever have trouble saying /r/ or /l/ correctly, be sure to try this fun and productive activity. And as always, . Have fun!

Dave

New Integrated Skills Lesson: Giving and Grading Opinions!

Date:

14th August 2013

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL integrated skills lesson: giving and grading opinions

Teaching Truffles' first integrated skills lesson has just been added. It focuses on giving and grading opinions, in other words, communicating an opinion with a deliberate degree of strength. The context is controversial topics, but don't worry, it's safe enough to use in the average ESL classroom.

The worksheets draw the learner's attention to language which either strengthens or weakens an opinion. Expressing indifference is also covered. The worksheets are then followed by a pretty neat board game called Devil's Advocate which links in nicely and provides some fun freer practice.

I've used this lesson several times with intermediate students of mine and it has worked a treat every time. If you use it with your students, don't forget to to let me know what you think.

Dave

New Grammar Lesson: Compound Adjectives!

Date:

28th December 2012

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL grammar lesson: compound adjectives

A great new lesson has just been uploaded! It focuses on compound adjectives, which is something many ESL students struggle with and need to know at the higher levels. In a nutshell, the class covers 3 common forms of compound adjective and is ideally suited to advanced students. It is taught within the context of dangerous mythical creatures, for example vampires, werewolves and zombies.

The first half of the lesson is worksheet based. The worksheets cover the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language, and also allow for some controlled practice. The second half is a board game, which is entertaining and challenging at the same time. Fortunately, the game is simple in its concept so you won't have to explain too much before playing.

I genuinely believe that this is the best compound adjectives lesson on the internet. If you don't believe me, try it! Then, !

Dave

New Pronunciation lesson: F V W Pronunciation!

Date:

22nd November 2012

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL pronunciation lesson: F V W sounds

Teaching Truffles' first pronunciation lesson is here! The class focuses on being able to hear and produce the /f/, /v/ and /w/ sounds in English. Many nationalities have problems with one or more of these sounds, particularly in cases where a student's native language doesn't have the sound.

The worksheets feature some clear pronunciation diagrams which will help your students produce the sounds correctly by doing the right things with their mouth, tongue and throat. There are also some really fun activities that will allow your students to practice listening to and producing the sounds.

Teach this lesson in your next pronunciation class and me with your feedback! Best of luck.

Dave

New Listening Lesson: Understanding Directions!

Date:

6th November 2012

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL listening lesson: Directions

Teaching Truffles' first listening lesson has just been added! The worksheets focus on understanding directions which is something every ESL student can benefit from, especially when they visit an English speaking country and are unfamiliar with their surroundings.

In the lesson they'll learn things such as intersection naming. They'll also become familiar with turning phrases such as "take your second left" and "take the first right". Basic prepositions of place also make an appearance later on. As you'll already know, these can be useful for knowing the position of a building relative to other buildings. The final listening activity in this lesson wraps everything up in a fun and challenging way.

So, give it a try and !

Dave

New Reading Lesson: Reading for Gist & Comprehension!

Date:

28th October 2012

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Lesson update

Free ESL reading lesson: Inner City Chaos

A new reading lesson has just been added. It is a reading class which focuses on reading for gist and detailed comprehension. It's suitable for intermediate level students.

The text on page 3 of the worksheets is based on my personal experience of a bombing in central Bangkok which happened about two and half years ago. Everything it details really happened. The BBC interview role play on pages 6 and 7 is also based on truth. I did a pre-recorded interview with the BBC the day following the bombing but sadly it didn't make the TV. Oh well.

Anyway, enjoy the lesson and as always I'd be interested to hear your . And just so you know, I've got more worksheets that will be added in the coming weeks, so stay posted for those.

Dave

You can now download lessons in one click!

Date:

27th October 2012

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Site update

Teaching Truffles zip file

Good news! There are now two ways to download lessons. As well as downloading PDFs individually, you can now download an all in one pack which comes in the form of a zip file.

It's easy. Just click the 'All In One Pack' link to get the zip file, which will contain all the PDFs you need. Zip files have broad compatibility so you shouldn't need to download special software to use them.

If you have any questions, me.

Dave

Teaching Truffles is live!

Date:

20th October 2012

Author:

Dave

Update type:

Site update

Teaching Truffles logo

I'm happy to announce that Teaching Truffles is finally here! It has taken literally hundreds of development hours to get this site up and running so it's a relief to see this finally happen. I hope that English teachers around the world discover this resource, benefit from it and come back for more.

Presently, Teaching Truffles has 8 lessons and there are more already in the pipeline. There isn't a vast number of materials (not yet anyway), however bear in mind that quality will always be prioritised over quantity on this site.

So now that you're here, try a lesson and let me know how it went. Best of luck!

Dave