English Teaching

A nice listening comprehension activity with missing words.

.The Queens’s Coronavirus Speech

Troubles with the Present Perfect?

This mind map will make it easy!

https://www.goconqr.com/en-US/p/9245245-PRESENT-PERFECT-mind_maps?frame=trueMind Map created by Antonia Pagano with GoConqr



There are many activities that can be done with songs: cloze activities, filling in with missing words, changing words that ryme with the original ones, cutting the lyrics into stripes and so on. Another variation is to use visual interaction. You can leave out some nouns and show the the students the pictures of the words you have left out. They will fill it in from the context. Here is an exemple.

If You Were A Sailboat” (Kate Mellua)

If you’re a …………..……….(1). I would trail you,
If you’re a…………….(2).  of …………….(3) I’d nail you to the floor.
If you’re a ……………. (4)I would ……….……(5) you to the shore.
If you’re a………….    (6)I would swim you,
If you’re a…………….(7) I would live in you all my days.
If you’re a……………..(8) I’d begin to change my ways.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was in ……………(9). I know you’d spring me
If I was a ……………… (10)you’d ring me all day long
If was in pain I know you’d sing me soothing songs.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was hungry you would feed me
If I was in …………………..(11) you would lead me to the light
If I was a……………….(12) I know you’d read me every night

If you’re a cowboy I would trail you,
If you’re a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore

Here is the link with the pictures:




Don’t’ bite my head off
(Don’t speak to me in an angry way)

Example: Stop it! Don’t bite my head off about what I have do or not to do!

It’s doing my head in
(it’s making me annoyed and angry)

Example: The traffic jam on the motorway is doing my head in!

You’re driving me crackers!/drive sb to crackers
(you’re making me annoyed)

Example: The sight of a mouse drives me crackers!

Don’t blow your top
(Don’t get angry!)

Example: Bill, dont’ blow up! You already knew they had lost the match.





A fool and his money are soon parted



Money is the root of all evil


Money Idioms Whether you have lots of it or not enough, there are plenty of ways to talk about money! The Beatles famously sang “Money can’t buy me love.” but then they also sang “Now give me money. That’s what I want.” No matter what your feelings are about money, there are lots of ways to talk about it. Spend some of your valuable time looking at our fun money idioms illustration! Learn how to use these money idioms in everyday conversation by checking out the example sentences below the graphic. MONEY-IDIOMS-COMPOSITE-AW How to use these money idioms: Balance the books: “After buying a new bike, Thomas had to work some extra hours in order to balance the books.” Bring home the bacon: “Anna took another job so she could bring home the bacon.” Go Dutch: “Matthew and Hazel go dutch when they eat out. They split the bill.” Gravy train: “Ian got a big bonus for his brief consulting job. He’s really on the gravy train!” Nest egg: “Leo’s nest egg meant that he was able to put down the deposit on his new house.” Cook the books: “Sam had to lie and cook the books to make the accountant think his business was making money.” Golden handshake: Ross was given a golden handshake by his ex-employers after he retired from his work. Cheapskate: “Thomas did not want to spend $5 on flowers for his mother. What a cheapskate!” Activities with clouds Firstly separate the “normal” adjective from the “strong” ones. After that you may  use the adjectives in many ways. You can say sentences which include the adjectives or, more challenging, you can work in pairs and ask questions each other and in your answer you must include an appropriate adjective. normal strong adjectives

You can make your own videos at http://www.dvolver.com Here’s an exemple: name=”movie” value=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/dv_assets/plot_template.swf?movie_id=951271″ /> Watch the video and find out the homophones in the song. After that, check if you found the right ones downloading the lyrics from any lyrics website. Enjoy!

HUNT THE HOMOPHONES – Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
Find 16 homophones in the lyrics
We’ll do it all
On are own
Wee don’t knead
Ore anyone
If I lay hear
If I just lay hear
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
I don’t quite know
How too say
How I feel
Those three words
Our said to much
They’re knot enough
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
Forget what weir told
Before we get to old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life
Let’s waist thyme
Chasing cars
Around our heads
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own
If I lay hear
If I just lay hear
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life
All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can sea
I don’t know wear
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change four us at all
If I lay hear
If I just lay hear
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

St. Valentine’s Day: Love Idioms love ask for (someone’s) hand in marriage – to ask someone to marry you After dating his girlfriend for several years, the man finally asked for her hand in marriage. attracted to (someone) – to feel a physical or emotional attraction to someone, to be interested in someone in a romantic way I was attracted to the woman at the party from the moment that I first met her. blind date – a date where the two people have never met before I went on a blind date in university but it was not successful. break (someone’s) heart – to cause someone emotional pain, to make someone feel very sad or disappointed The man broke the woman’s heart when he told her that he did not love her. break up with (someone) – to end a relationship with someone The couple broke up after dating for more than three years. crazy about (someone or something) – to be very much in love with someone, to be very enthusiastic about something The girl is crazy about the boy in her university class. The man is crazy about cars. date (someone) – to go on a date with someone, to have a date with someone My sister has been dating her boyfriend for two years. dump (someone) – to end a relationship by telling someone that you do not want to see him or her again The woman dumped her boyfriend after they had a big fight. fall for (someone) – to begin to feel love for someone The woman always falls for the wrong person and she is never happy. fall in love (with someone) – to begin to experience feelings of love for someone The man fell in love with a woman from his university class and they later got married. find the right girl/guy – to find the right partner, to find the person you want to marry The woman would like to find the right guy. first love – the first person that one falls in love with The girl’s first love was with a boy in her high school. get along with (someone) – to have a good relationship with someone The woman gets along with everybody very well. get back together – to return to a relationship or marriage after separating The man got back together with his girlfriend after separating for several months. get engaged – to make a plan to marry someone, to decide to marry someone The young man recently got engaged to his girlfriend. get hitched – to get married The girl and her boyfriend surprised everyone when they suddenly got hitched last weekend. get serious (with someone) – to become more serious in a romantic relationship with someone The two students dated for several months before they began to get serious. give (someone or something) a second chance – to try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the other person back (usually after a fight or a breakup) The girl’s boyfriend left her for several months but when he came back she was happy to give him a second chance. go out with (someone) – to go on a date with someone, to be dating someone The man would like to go out with his classmate. I have been going out with a woman from my hiking club for one year. go steady with (someone) – to date one person regularly (not so common recently but at one time this expression was used often by teenagers) The two students have been going steady for three years. good together – to be able to get along well with each other The couple are good together and nobody has ever seen them argue. have a crush on (someone) – to have strong feelings of love for someone (often for a short time and with no results) The girl has a crush on a boy in her class. have a thing for (someone) – to be attracted to someone, to be interested in someone The girl has a thing for the new boy in her class. have a thing going with (someone) – to have a romantic relationship with someone I think that the secretary has a thing going with one of the salesmen. head over heels in love with (someone) – to be very much in love with someone, to be completely in love with someone The man is head over heels in love with someone in his company. hit it off (with someone) – to get along well with someone (from the first time that you meet that person – this can be used in a romantic way but it can also be used for any two people who meet and have a good relationship) I hit it off with a woman in my photography class and we have been dating for several months now. The two salespeople hit it off and have a very good working relationship now. hung up on (someone) – to be obsessed with another person, to be interested in another person The young woman is hung up on a member of her tennis club. kiss and make up – to become friends again after a fight or argument After they had a fight, the couple was quick to kiss and make up. leave (someone) for (someone else) – to end a relationship with your partner and start a relationship with someone else The man left his wife for his secretary but soon discovered that his life was worse than before. love at first sight – to fall in love with someone or something the first time that you see him or her or it When I saw the woman at the party, it was love at first sight and I knew that I wanted to meet her. The woman loved the house. It was love at first sight. made for each other – to get along extremely well with another person The man and woman have a good relationship and are made for each other. make eyes at (someone) – to flirt with someone, to look at someone to try and attract him or her The boy was making eyes at the girl in his history class. make up – to resolve a quarrel, to forgive someone after an argument The couple had a big fight at the restaurant but they made up and things quickly got back to normal. The boy and girl separated but they later made up and began seeing each other again. a match made in heaven – a couple who get along perfectly When the two people finally met each other, it was a match made in heaven. meet the right girl or guy – to meet the right partner, to meet the person that you want to marry The woman always said that she would like to meet the right guy. one’s one and only – the only person that one loves The man’s wife was his one and only since they first met in high school. the one for (someone) – the right partner, the right person to marry When I introduced my girlfriend to my mother she said that she was the one for me. patch up a relationship – to repair a broken relationship The couple wanted to separate but they were able to patch up their relationship and now they are very happy together. pop the question – to ask someone to marry you The man thought about things carefully before he decided to pop the question to his girlfriend. puppy love – strong feelings of love (infatuation) between school-age children or teenagers The two teenagers thought that their love was the greatest in the world. Other people thought that it was only puppy love. seeing (someone) – to be dating someone on a regular basis The woman was not seeing anyone when she met the man at the party. set a date – to decide on a date for a wedding After thinking about marriage for a long time, the couple decided to set a date. settle down – to begin to live a quiet and stable life (often used after getting married or getting a job) My friend settled down and started a family after he finished university. split up – to end a relationship The girl and her boyfriend decided to split up after being together for seven years. steal (someone’s) heart – to cause someone to fall in love with you The woman stole the heart of the man who she was working with. take one’s vows – to get married and take your wedding vows or make your wedding promises The couple took their vows at the courthouse in the small town. tie the knot – to get married After dating for several years, the young couple decided to tie the knot. true love – a genuine feeling of romantic love It was true love for the young couple when they met at their company. walk out on (someone) – to abandon your partner and end a relationship The man walked out on his wife. An easy activity to encourage speaking

find the questions



·        If I have enough money, I’ll buy a scooter.

·        If I had enough money, I’d buy a scooter.

·        If I had had enough money, I would’ve bought a scooter.

A- Match the columns.




If it had snowed,


We’d go skiing.



If it snows,


I’d write the report for you.



If it snowed,


I’d have written the report for you.



If I have time,


we’ll go skiing.



If I had time,


I’ll write the report for you.



If I had had time,


we would’ve gone skiing.



We’ll buy it


if we liked it.



We’d buy it


if we had liked it.



We’d have bought it


if we like it.



If she likes the house,


she’d buy it.



If she liked the house,


she’d have bought it.



If she had liked the house,


she’ll buy it.


B- Write the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

1.      If Jonathan hadn’t slept late, he __________ (arrive) on time.

2.      I’d let my dogs sleep on my bed if they __________(not be) so big.

3.      If I __________(see) him, I would´ve said hello.

4.      I __________(not go) to school if I feel sick.

5.      The fish __________(not die) if they hadn’t polluted the river.

6.      If he __________ (not hit) the dog, it wouldn’t have bittern him.

7.      If you leave the baby there, he __________ (fall) into the pool.

8.      If you __________(not be) careful, you’ll burn yourself.

9.      If he had been more careful, he __________ (not burn) himself.

10.  They __________ (take) us to the cinema if we ask them.

11.  I __________(lend) you the money if you had asked me.

12.  If Philosophy wasn’t so boring, I __________ (not fall) asleep in class.

13.  It would be easier to find a job if I __________(have) better qualifications.



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