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TEFL LESSON PLAN. TESOL course Thailand.

Location: Bangkok Hospital, Koh Phangan.                           

Level: Upper Intermediate.  
Number of students: 6                     Ages 20 - 45 years old.

Duration: 2 hours. 
Objective: To learn common English phrases. Role play in order to help hospital staff to be more confident to communicate with foreign patients. Students individually read out loud from the quiz one question and three possible answers at a time. (Students try to explain each possible answer and why).

Materials: Pencils, worksheets, whiteboard.

Step by step guide:

9.00am – 9.05am.
Introduction. To introduce Steve and myself, to know the students names and write them on the whiteboard.
9.05am – 9.50am.
To go through the quiz with English idioms. Ask students to read them one by one.
9:50am – 10:20am.
Devide students in pairs and they read through the play role. One of them should be nurse, another the patient. One pair at the time.  Clarify any difficulties and correct pronunciation.

10:20 am - 10:30 am. 

10:30am – 11:00am.
Another role play “Nurse – Patients friend and Doctor” in pairs. One pair at the time.  Clarify any difficulties and correct pronunciation.
Answer any questions.

Quiz – What's the correct meaning of the idioms below?
1   Be on the mend.
     Be getting better.
     To have an infection. 
     Not in a good mood.

2   A flare up.
     A burn.
     When an illness or injury gets worse.
     To have insomnia.

3   Under the weather
     To feel a bit ill.
     To have an accident. 
      A disaster.

4   To run some tests.
     To have a problem when running.
     To check someone’s health with medical tests.
     To do the autopsy.

5   To get pissed. 
     To vomit.
     To get drunk.
     To suffer from a urinary infection.

6   Be out cold.
     Feel chilly.
     Be unconscious.
     Have a fever.

7   Worn out. 
     Extremely tired or unable to do anything, 
     To hurt your head. 
     To have someone report you to the police.

8   To come down with something.
     To hit the ground in an accident.
     To start to get a cold or flu.
     Be angry.

9   To be sick as a dog.
     Animal bite.
     Very sick. 
     Lice in your hair.

10 On the road to recovery.
     Drive to a doctor.
     Start to get better from an accident or illness.
     In the ambulance on the way to hospital.

11 To run a fever.
     A higher temperature than normal.
     To take care of someone until he regains his health. 
     To spread a virus.

12 To nurse someone back to health.
     Use a nurse to bring medicine.
     Take care of someone until he regains his health. 
     Have an affair with a nurse during treatment in hospital.

13 To have chills.
     Pain in the stomach.
     Shake and feel cold.
     Allergic to spicy food.

14 Keep an eye on. 
     Cover an eye with a patch.
     Observe an injury or infection over time.
     Fall in love with someone.

15 Be out of sorts.

     Upset, in and irritable mood, and not feel well.
     Catch a cold.
     Unable to treat a particular disease.

16 Put weight on a foot, leg, or knee.
     Put a heavy object on top of part of your leg.
     Walk and move normally with the normal weight of the           body.
     Understand the need to lose weight.

17 Knock your-self out.
     Go ahead and do it.
     Hit yourself over the head.
     Commit a crime and surrender to police.

18 Skew whiff.
     Smell bad.
     Off center, out of balance.
     Body decay.

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Conversation in Hospital. TESOL course Thailand.

Nurse - Hello! What happened to you?
Patient - Iv'e a head injury. Some thieves tried to rob my house early in the morning when I slept. I woke up and prevented their plans. But one of those guys hit me on the head with a motorcycle helmet.

Nurse - Oh God, at what time did this happen?
Patient - Approximately 5:00 AM
Nurse - Have you lost consciousness for some time?

Patient - I’m not sure. I fell on the floor and cracked my head on the floor. I don’t know how long I was out for the count.

Nurse - It’s now 8am, how are you feeling?
Patient -I’m dizzy, I feel sick. Iv'e a really bad headache and feel very weak. And it seems like there's a pressure pain at the spot where he hit me.

Nurse - Did you report this to the police yet?

Patient - My Thai friend knows and said she has telephoned the police. I didn’t want to wait for them because I had to come here first.

Nurse - We will clean the wound first and then give you an x ray.  We need to check the seriousness of your injury. See if you have a fracture? We will decide whether you need transferring to Koh Samui or stay here. Do you have any insurance?

Patient - Yes I have THI. (Thailand Health Insurance).

Nurse – Can you walk this way, the doctor will see you now.

Doctor – Hello, please sit on the bed so I can examine your swelling and cut.  You've stopped bleeding, so I can put some butterfly stitches. We also need to take an x-ray to check that there's no fracture or internal bleeding.

Patient – Ok thank you doctor and yes please do an X-Ray.

Doctor - Nurse Ann will take you to the X-ray room.  You can stay on the bed and Nurse Ann will wheel you to the x-ray room.

Doctor - Ok then, I will see you in about 15 minutes.

Patient - Thank you for your help, see you soon.

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Role Play 2 – Nurse Receptionist.

Receptionist – Hello. How can I help you?

Friend – My friend was in an accident and she's in your hospital. I want to know how she's doing, and to get some information. Her parents want to know the situation.  
Receptionist – What's her name? When did she enter the hospital?

Friend – Her name is Sheila Hamilton and she come here in an ambulance. She had a motorcycle accident. She's from the New Zealand.

Receptionist – Just a moment. Let me ask the head nurse. (Pause). Thanks for waiting and yes, Sheila's here. She has quite a few injuries from the accident. She's now sedated and asleep in the recovery room.

Friend – Can you tell me what injuries she has? Also her parents would like to speak to the doctor on the telephone. 

Receptionist – We can arrange to have the doctor speak to you and also arrange a time to speak to her parents. The head nurse can also answer some questions as well.

Friend– Thanks. Can you tell me where the doctor or head nurse are? 

Receptionist – The doctor is very busy right now but the head nurse will be with you in five minutes. She can give you more information, please take a seat.

Friend – OK thank you, I'll wait here.

Head Nurse –Hello, your friend Sheila has grazing and cuts on her right knee, hip, back and elbow. Fortunately, she was wearing a crash helmet.  She has also fractured her right ankle. We've cleaned her cuts and grazing’s, taken an x-ray and put her foot in a plaster cast.

Friend – OK thank you. It's possible to arrange a phone call between the doctor and her parents? Also Sheila’s medical insurance has run out. So we need to know about the cost for treatment.

Head Nurse - OK, here's the telephone number for the hospital. I am here between 7 am and 5 pm today and tomorrow. Sheila’s parents can contact me and the doctor on this number. Also, can you fill out this form the best that you can for Sheila and put her parents contact details?

Friend – Yes of course and I will give you my telephone number. When Sheila wakes up, can you call me?

Head Nurse – Yes, I'll call you when she wakes up. The cost for Sheila to stay here is 300 euros per night. Plus the treatment and any recovery treatment. She's in good hands and will be fine, she just needs recovery time.

Friend – Thank you nurse you have been most helpful.

TESOL course Thailand - ESL Lesson Plan. (Upper Intermediate).

Context: To present the culture of 'agony' column in a newspaper or magazine. Theme: Weddings and engagements.

Objective: To understand people's problems and be able to give advice on the theme of weddings and engagement. To summarize a text.

Materials: Copies of agony letter and Abby's advice, newspaper or magazine containing an advice column.

Engage: Show the pupils an example of an advice column in a newspaper or magazine. Point out the format. (Letters from readers, reply from same person each time.) Find out if students are familiar with the concept.

Do any of the students read advice columns? Has anybody ever written to one? Do they think the problems are real? Would they consider asking advice from a columnist? Write a problem on the board. 

My girlfriend and I are getting married but she doesn't want an engagement ring. What should I buy her as an engagement present? Ask the pupils to suggest advice. Write their suggestions and debate which the best answer is. Which answers are sensitive? Which answers are mean? Add a few humorous bits of advice yourself, if the students don't come up with anything entertaining.

Study: Study the letter and advice. Ask the class to carefully read the letter and its reply. Get a few students to read out loud. Find out what vocabulary is new to the class!

In pairs or small groups ask students to summarize. Write it down on the white board. Have the groups read their summaries to the rest of the class. Do the other groups agree on the accuracy?

Correct any mistakes on the board.

Elicit the meaning of the reply from the class. Who in the class agrees with the advice? Who disagrees with the advice? Why?

Read the second letter to Abby out loud to the class. Ask them to read it carefully. Elicit a summary of the problem. Have another student read the summary out loud.

Activate: In pairs or small groups, students write their own replies. Groups then present their advice to the rest of the class. Vote on who gave the best advice. Whose answer was most sensitive? Whose answer was the funniest?

TESOL course Thailand. ESL Lesson Plan Advanced.

Context: Giving instructions to act out a comedy sketch.

Objective: To give instructions.

Materials: Short Mr. Bean video. (Silent comedy) 5 minutes.

Play the comedy sketch. Invite comments and discussion.

Study: Elicit sequence of events from class. With the class put together a bunch of stage instructions for acting out the sketch. Visually demonstrate any unknown vocabulary by repeating the acting and gesture. Start them off with the first few sentences. Repeat clip.

Activate: Have a few students attempt to act out the sketch. The rest of class should act as producer. Calling out instructions on how to enact the sketch. Give an award to the best actor.

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Course title: Teaching reading.
Class level: Advanced.
Age: 30's.
Date: 9-10-13.
Place: TESOL course Thailand.
Frequency: Once.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Number of students: 5.
Objective: Get students to understand what they read while working on pronunciation.

Materials: Blackboard, worksheets and information sheets.             

Step by step guide:

14.00 pm (Warmer).

Students to learn some tongue twisters. “Toy boat’’ as fast as you can. “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Write the following sentence on the board and get the student to read it and try to explain. Three Swedish switched witches watch three Swiss Swatch watches switches. Which Swedish switched witch watch which Swiss Swatch watch witch.

Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter. So Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.

14.05 pm (Reading, exercise).

Prepare a few comprehension texts for the students to read out loud. Any words unknown, I'll explain at the end. As the students are quite advanced I will pick up on mispronunciation as we go.

14.25 pm Revise, Closure. 

Revise work of students and explain words that we’re unknown.

Work sheet examples.                                                               

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Vocabulary - Meanings From Context. 

As the summer sun sent scattered rays through the trees overhead, the young deer stood frozen. Making it almost impossible for the hikers to see her.

1. In the above passage, the word “frozen” means _______.

Very cold.

Not moving.
Not melted.

At Christmas Dad reverts to his childhood. I really think he looks forward to Santa’s visit more than any other member of the family. Mum says that he’ll always be a child during this season.

2. What does “reverts” mean in the above passage?

Stands up straight.
Peeks at presents.
Drinks too much whisky.
Goes back to being what he was.

Fortunately, the explosion diverted the asteroid from a course that would have sent it straight into our planet.

3. To divert means _______.

Change the direction of.
Shock waves.
Crash course.
Look through a telescope.

A wonderful 98 year old woman works day and night to knit scarves to send as gifts for the troops. What a selfless person she is!

4. A selfless woman _______.

Is selfish.
Has no name.
Likes to wear scarves.
Cares more about others than herself.


TEFL Reading Comprehension. TESOL course Thailand. 
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Name       _______.



Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin D is essential for humans. If children have a vitamin D or calcium deficiency, they can develop rickets, a softening of the bones. New studies are showing that people of all ages need this vitamin. It helps fight off diseases by keeping their immune systems strong.

1. The paragraph means that vitamin D _______.

Has been studied by scientists.
has no secret.
Important for good health.

2. Essential means what? _______.


3. When you have a deficiency of something, you _______.

Given all you need.
Not enough.
Look like an alien.
Are rich.

Our bodies can make the D vitamin when our skin's exposed to sunlight. However, it’s best to eat a diet that is rich in the vitamin.

4. The remainder of the above incomplete paragraph probably goes on to _______.

Say why vitamin C is also important.
Explain why you should brush your teeth after eating vitamin C.
Give some examples of foods that are rich in vitamin D.
Say which disease it prevents.

5. Which statement is false?

Some foods contain vitamin D.
Our bodies can use sunlight to make vitamin D.
Some people don’t get vitamin C from food.
If you’re a child, you will definitely get rickets if you don’t play in the sun.

Reading Comprehension. TESOL course Thailand.



Thought Provoking Words: See if you can answer the following questions.

1. “A jug fills drop by drop.”   Buddha.
What does this mean?

It will take about a week before you can drink from that jug.

Dr. Gardner will probably notice this.
It requires patience to achieve your goals.
8453 drops before the jug's full.

2. Which quote indicates that cats are thinkers?

“If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.”   Robert Heinlein/
“Cats are mysterious kind of folk. There's more passing in their minds than we are aware of.”   Sir Walter Scott.
“As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.”   Ellen Perry Berkeley.
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”   Charles Dickens.

3. “You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy! Even if you're not part of their happiness.”   Julia Roberts.

According to this quote, __________
Love must be painful.
Love's never real.
Love's unselfish.
Love can never last.

4. “Teaching should be such that what's offered is a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”   Albert Einstein.
Einstein is saying that _______.

Students learn best when they feel that what they're learning becomes important to them.

Teachers should offer cash awards to students for doing their homework.

Never make students work hard.
Teachers should wrap their assignments in real wrapping paper.

5. “It's a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Which statement comes closest to the meaning of the above quote?

You entered the wrong building.
Law and order becomes a bad thing.
Basketball players never play fair!
Laws aren't always fair.

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ESL Lesson. Bar conversation. TESOL course Thailand. 

Bartender:    Hi there. What would you like?

Guest:            I need something cold.

Bartender:    You've come to the right place.

Guest:            Do you have any specials on?

Bartender:    We've highballs on for half price.

Guest:            Sorry, I meant for beer.

Bartender:    Our beer special tonight is two large bottles of Chang with fish n chips, for two people 600 THB.

Guest:            I guess I should have brought a friend. I think I'll just have a Heineken for now.

Bartender:    Sure, would you like a large or small bottle?

Guest:            Do you have it on draft?

Bartender:    No, I'm afraid we don't.

Guest:            That's okay. I'll take a large bottle with a pint glass.

Bartender:    A pint of Heineken coming up.

Guest:            Actually, you better just make it a half pint glass.

Bartender:    Sure, and should I start you a tab?

Guest:            No, I'm driving I won’t drink too much. How much do I owe you?

Bartender:    100 THB. Would you like to see the menu my girlfriend is a great cook.

Guest:            Yes OK, do have any other freshly cooked special meals today.

Bartender:    We have chicken cordon bleu and creamy au gratin potatoes.  Served with either seasonal vegetables or the chef’s salad.

Guest:        What's chicken cordon bleu exactly?

Bartender:       Bone less chicken breast halves with slices of Swiss cheese and slices of ham cooked inside the chicken. It has seasoned bread crumbs around the chicken and baked in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Guest:        OK sounds good - I’ll go for that with the Chef’s salad.

Bartender:    OK - I’ll give your order to my girlfriend Juliet, I am Alex what’s your name?

Guest:        Nice to meet you Alex, my name is Chris and I am from California.

Bartender:    Likewise and I am French from the province of Burgundy. 

Guest:        Iv'e only ever been to Monte Carlo to watch the grand prix.

Bartender:    I love Monte Carlo it’s a great place and playboy city. It has a lot of famous people passing through.

Guest:        You can say that again! I saw Chanel Cruise the super model, then Michael Jackson and Thierry Henry. Also, Michael Schumarker on the winner’s podium.     Do you smoke or sell lighters?

Bartender:    Yes I smoke and here’s a light.

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Bartender:       Welcome to Alex’s bar how you doing? What can I get you! We have happy hour now, so the cocktail drinks are half price!

Guest 2:    Oh that’s great I’ll look at your drinks list and choose a cocktail. 

Bartender:    Yeah sure, here you go our cocktail list! Which spirits do you like the most?

Guest 2:    Ah usually vodka but I drink most things then tend to fall over! 

Bartender:    Oh if that happens we will look after you and I will tell you if I think that you've had enough! I do make a wicked Cosmopolitan or Long Island Iced Tea.

Guest 2:    Cool – I’ll take a Long Island Iced Tea then, it should do for starters.

Bartender:    Good choice! Shake-shake shake! There you go what’s your name I’m Alex.

Guest 2:    Sabina nice to meet you and cheers!

Bartender:    Likewise, enjoy your drink! Chris I will check on your Cordon Bleu.

In the kitchen - Juliet how you doing with Chris’s Cordon Bleu?

Juliet:    It will be another 5 minutes and its fucking hot in here! Ask the guy if he wants another drink!

Bartender:    It’s nearly ready. Can I tempt you with a half price cocktail or would you like another beer with your meal.

Guest 1:    Go on then I’ll go for another Heineken beer.

Juliet:    Here you go Chris would you like any other condiments with your meal. 

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Toeic test paper. Listening and Reading Comprehension.

Figure 2: Question Example: Listening Comprehension

I. One picture, spoken sentences (Gilbert & Kim)

A photo of two men talking across a table. An unused computer stands in the background.

(A) The two men are computing.
(B) The computer is having a meeting with the men.
(C) The two men are talking.
(D) One man is buying a computer.

(C) Correct answer, since it is closest in meaning to what's shown in the photo.

Figure 3: Question Example: Listening Comprehension.
Spoken utterances, spoken response (Gilbert & Kim)

Hello, I'm John.

(A) Hi, John. How are you?
(B) Whose John?
(C) Good-bye, see you later.

The correct response is (A), since it's the most likely response to this greeting.

Figure 4: Question Example: Listening Comprehension. Short Conversation. (Gilbert & Kim)

A: May I help you?
B: Yes, I want this shirt in size 12?
A: Certainly. I'll get one for you.

Where's this conversation most likely taking place?
In a hotel.
In a department store.
In a post office.
In an airport.

The correct response is (B), since the conversation appears to be happening between a sales clerk and a customer. 

Figure 5: Question Example: Listening Comprehension. (Gilbert & Kim)

Sunshine for today after two damp days. Westerly winds will freshen by afternoon and chilly air will cross the metropolitan area. Clouds will overtake clear skies by morning. Chance of rain is thirty percent today and forty percent this evening. Highs in the low sixties; that's in the high teens Celsius. Lows in the mid-forties Fahrenheit or just under ten degrees Celsius today.

1. How was the weather earlier this week?
Cool and dry.

2. What's the weather like tomorrow?
Cool and cloudy.
Sunny and dry.
Damp and windy.
Cold and sunny.

3. What's the likely high temperature today?
10¼ C.
17¼ C.
42¼ C.
63¼ C.

For question 1, (C) it's the best answer. The announcer notes that the last two days have been damp.

For question 2, (A) it's the best answer. The announcer notes that "chilly air" expected overnight.

For question 3, (B) it's the best answer. It's within the range of the "high teens."

Figure 6: Question Example: Reading Comprehension.
Incomplete Sentences: (Gilbert & Kim)
_____ Girl over there is my sister.

(A) This (C) Those (B) These (D) That.
(D) It's the answer that is grammatically correct.
Figure 7: Question Example: Reading Comprehension. (Gilbert & Kim)

Questions 1-3 refer to the following news report.
LOS ANGELES Rain, accompanied by high winds, closed a number of roads and schools on Monday. The storm was welcome here in southern California, because it brought some relief from a fifth straight year of drought. Fire cautions remain high, however.

1. Why might the rain close schools?

California schoolchildren want to go outside to study rain and flooding. California parents don't want their children to get wet.
The roads have floods and the school buses cannot drive through. The rains and winds damaged the school buildings.

2. What has the weather been like in California for the last five years?
(A) Wet (B) windy (C) dry (D) mild.

3. Why might people welcome rain?

California people enjoy walking in the rain.
California roads need relief from the sun.
California schoolchildren want to study rain.
There has been no rain for five years.

The correct answer for Question 1  (C). It's the only possibility mentioned specifically in the report.

The correct answer for Question 2   (C). "Drought" means a time of no rain, and therefore very dry.

TOIEC Test free questions. TESOL course Thailand.

Q 1).  The manager of the group was a brilliant man-------------------------------- only weakness was that he hated to accept defeat.





Q 2).   The girl looked----------------------------------- of the small window in the school.





Q 3).   The field of endocrinology --------------------------- to research that could reduce the probability of cardiac failure.

      Had led.


      Has led.

      Been leading.

Q 4).  The men stopped near a river to observe the ------------------------ birds flying nearby.






Q 5).   Those people are ------------- dependable and trustworthy as the sunrise.





Q 6).   The production manager did everything he --------------------- to avoid a deterioration in quality.





Q 7).   The man was ------------------------ ashamed of the mistake he made during the conference.





Q 8).  ------------------------------ increased as proposals were set by the multinational company over and over again.




Q 9).  The man ------------------ the wall and fled his pursuers.



      Jumped over.

      Jumped across.

Q 10).   ------------------------- New improvements make these electric products more appealing to home makers.


       A little.



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