www Links for Teachers
Teachers, are you
BORED of doing the same thing with your students? Are
you STUCK for ideas? KGI's suggestion is this - you
will be surprised to find out what you can search for
and find online, so DO IT! There are some great websites
for teachers where you can get terrific ideas for teaching
grammar, vocabulary, games, etc. It's time for a change,
it's time for something fresh surprise your students
with some new activities - check these website links
below and make sure you go to 'KGI In The Classroom' website page for more!
Into a Paperless/less
Into a paperless/less paper world Kang Guru Indonesia is supporting 'a less paper environment' by being careful about paper use in our office, creating bulletins for the internet and by utilizing electronic publications - website, FaceBook, podcasts, etc.
Towards a paperless/less paper world -
You can read the PDF version of KGI magazines and bulletins and print them out BUT remember, only print what you need.
Follow the golden rule: Think before you print.
Use both sides of a sheet of paper. Use scrap paper if you can.
Avoid printing out single line e-mails or unnecessary copies of documents.
Use technology such as electronic mail, internet and intranets - these not only reduce paper use but also save time and money.
Be sure to check the pdf version on this website for these stories from KGI
COOL STUFF - Online English
Making A Toast
Games - what
do you see?
Do you want a simple and fun way to help your SMP students
review vocabulary on a theme? Have a look at the idea
on the KGI in the Classroom web page.
Picture Game 1 (pdf)
Picture Game 2 (pdf)
Find out how to make your own KGI Picture Sheet. Your
students will love it!
twisters in your classroom
How fast can you say this sentence? Say it several
trimes - FAST!
The sixth sheikh's sixth sheep is sick.
Using tongue twisters in class is a fun and challenging
way of providing pronunciation practice. Tongue twisters
don't always make sense but your students will enjoy
trying to say them.
Here's just one idea on how to use tongue twisters
in the classroom.
Disappearing tongue twisters
Choose a tongue twister. Practice it as a class then
write up the sentence on the board, for example:
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
Now rub out a couple of words and replace them with
lines, for example:
She sells ____ shells by the sea _____.
Ask the class to say the complete tongue twister, then
remove another word, for example:
She sells _____ _______ by the sea ______ .
Continue until there are no words left! Your learners
can now practice repeating the tongue twister as quickly
You might want to remind your students that part of
the fun of tongue twisters is getting them wrong so
it doesn't matter if you make lots of mistakes. Just
Try one of these tongue twisters:
Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.
(Repeated sounds are s and sl)
A tongue twister twists tongues.
(Repeated sound is t)
Students say together as a class then practice in pairs.
They must try and say as many as possible, quicker and
quicker, without making a mistake.
Listen and speak
How fast can you say it without making a mistake?
Focus on listening and speaking before looking at the
written form. Play or say the tongue twister then tell
your students that they are going to repeat the sentence
bit by bit after you. Start by asking your students
to repeat the last part of the sentence and building
up to the full tongue twister like this:
Teacher: pickled pepper
Students: pickled pepper
Teacher: picked a peck of
Students: picked a peck of
Teacher: Peter Piper
Students: Peter Piper
Teacher Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
Students: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
Ask the class to repeat the whole tongue twister slowly
and then more quickly. Now have students work in pairs
to take turns repeating the tongue twister as fast as
possible without mistakes. This isn't easy of course
and you could demonstrate this to the class by trying
to say it quickly and correctly yourself.
game: What can you see?
Do you want a simple and fun way to help your SMP students
review vocabulary on a theme. Have a look at these ideas
and find out how to make your own picture vocabulary
You will need one large collection of pictures (see
examples below) that shows vocabulary on a particular
theme which your students have recently learnt (eg:
Prepare one smaller copy for each group of students.
Hold up the large picture so that the students cannot see it, and start building up interest by saying, 'I
wonder what's on this picture? Do you want to see it?'
Then flash the picture for just 1 second maybe even
hold it upside down then ask students what they saw.
They all see different things. Ask how many t shirts,
etc. What colour were the shoes? etc.
Show them the picture again this time, give time to
allow students to identify the items on the picture.
Then hand out the small pictures one to each group.
Tell them they have two minutes to remember as many
things as they can see from the picture, without writing
Once the time is up, take back the pictures and ask
students to write a list of everything they can remember.
Keep the pictures after the activity and you can use
them again for a different task.
1) You could add a 'grammar' component to the listing
of the vocabulary items. Following a focus on 'There
is/ There are', for example, students can write
their lists under these two headings. Other grammar
features that work well are headings for singular/plural,
countable/uncountable or adjectives.
You can also use the picture for other activities.
2) How many sports - use balls/bats/need water/ play
in teams/can play by yourself, etc.
3) Write a short paragraph about a sport you like/don't
like, play/would like to play etc. or write the rules
of a game.
4) Clothes for males/females, clothes you wear in summer/winter,
things you wear on your feet, head, etc.
5) Write a short paragraph on clothes they like/dislike,
their favourite T shirt/pair of jeans etc, describe
their most formal/informal clothes, what they wear at
home/school etc Something they would like to wear/something
they would never wear, etc.
Instructions on how to
make your own picture sheets
The picture sheets are not difficult to make. Follow
the instructions below.
- Go to Google (www.google.com)
and choose Google images from the menu on the top
left of the page.
- Then in the search box type in (for example) football/carrot,
- Choose the cartoon suggestion from the
drop down menu under the seach box or clip art or line drawing from the menu on the left.
- Find a suitable picture and cut and paste to your
Microsoft word document.
- Sometimes you need to resize the pictures –
do this by clicking on the picture. At each corner
of the picture you will see a small dot.
- Click on the bottom right hand one and drag it towards
the middle of the picture. It will reduce in size.
Clock and drag away for the picture and it will get
- You can then move these pictures around on the document
to get the final picture you want.