When words are not enough – wear a funny-looking hat!

Published on 20th July, 2010 in Global Bloggers by Patrick Talty

I received a rather unusual looking hat as a gift from a student recently. I won’t say from which country, but it is … unique. My students love the hat, and have been pestering me for days to put it on. I declined. ‘I tell you what, I said, if everyone scores 90 or above in the Vocabulary exam, I’ll wear the hat for a day.’ Sometimes I lose my mind, and say such things. They told me I looked like Gandalf as I paraded around the school.

We wrapped up our work with Global by looking at the very interesting Unit Ten: New and Old. Straight off, I enjoy lessons like this. I love to hear what students think of changing times and new concepts. We began with Brave New Words on page 115, the favourite one for the students being ‘staycation’ (not in the text). However, the Speaking on page 117 was exquisite. Finishing the quotations aroused a lot of controversy in class, and could easily have led into discussions on war, terrorism etc. Again, full credit to the writers for not shying away from ‘hot topics’.

The Extend your vocabulary on page 120 was excellent as I got my students to come up with other popular phrases with ‘make’. Very useful.

Situations on page 122 was really great and we had a lot of fun with the situations. It was also very practical, which for me is the highlight of the book as a whole. I am a huge fan of practical lessons, and this book did an excellent job in that respect. Along with this the Language Focus on page 123 worked a treat. I especially enjoyed the comment ‘You know that hat looks interesting on you.’

To round off the class I got each of the students to write down five of their favourite expressions, (Useful Phrases page 123), and then share it with the class. So, overall, another successful outing.

As this is my last blog, I just want to thank everyone at Global for the opportunity to write over the last weeks. It’s been a lot of fun. The students really enjoyed the material, and as a teacher I found the topics practical, easy to use and very adaptable.

It was nice checking in with you each week, and I loved reading all your blogs. Thanks to you all.

So long from Toronto!

Patrick