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TEFL LESSON PLAN Tesol course Thailand

Location: Bangkok Hospital, Koh Phangan                            Class Level: Upper Intermediate  
Number of students: 6                     Ages 20 - 45 years old

Duration: 2 hours
Objective: To learn common English phrases and do role playing in order to help hospital staff to be more confident when they need 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 and to guess and explain what the correct answer is and why.
9:50am – 10:20am
To divide students in pairs and they read through the play role. One of them should be nurse, another is the patient. One pair at the time.  Clarify any difficulties and correct pronunciation.
10:20am - 10:30am
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 is the correct meaning of the idioms below?
1 To be on the mend
a -  To be getting better
b - To have an infection
c - To be not in a good mood

2 A flare up
a – A burn
b – When an illness or injury gets worse
c – To have insomnia

3 To be under the weather
a - To feel a bit ill
b – To have an accident
c – To be affected by disasters

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

5 To get pissed
a – To vomit
b-  To get drunk
c – To suffer from a urinary infection

6 To be out cold
a – To feel very chilly
b – To be unconscious
c – To have a fever

7 To be worn out
a – To be extremely tired or unable to do anything
b – To hurt your head
c – To have someone report you to the police

8 To come down with something
a – To hit the ground in an accident
b – To start to get a cold or flu
c – To be very upset

9 To be sick as a dog
a – To have an animal bite
b – To be very sick
c – To have lice

10 To be on the road to recovery
a – To drive to a doctor
b – To start to get better from an accident or illness
c – To be in the ambulance on the way to hospital

11 To run a fever
a – To have a higher temperature than normal
b – To take care of someone until he regains his health
c – To spread a virus

12 To nurse someone back to health
a – To use a nurse to bring medicine
b – To take care of someone until he regains his health
c – To have an affair with a nurse during treatment in hospital

13 To have chills
a - To have pain in the stomach
b – To shake and feel cold
c – To be allergic to spicy food

14 To keep an eye on
a - To cover an eye with a patch
b – To observe an injury or infection over time
c – To fall in love with someone

15 To be out of sorts
a – To be upset, in and irritable mood, and not feel well
b – To catch a cold
c  - To be unable to treat a particular disease

16 To put weight on a foot, leg, or knee
a - To put a heavy object on top of part of your leg
b – To walk and move normally with the normal weight of the body
c – To understand the need to lose weight

17 Knock your-self out
a – To go ahead and do it
b - Hit yourself over the head
c – To commit a crime and surrender to police

18 Skew whiff
a - To smell bad
b – Off centre, out of balance
c – Body decay

Conversation in Hospital

Nurse - Hello! What happened to you?
Patient - I have 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 4:00 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. When I got up, they were gone. I don’t know how long it took…

Nurse - It’s now 8am, how are you feeling?
Patient -I’m dizzy, I feel sick. I have a really bad headache and feel very weak. And it seems like there is 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, but 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 how serious your injury is, if you have a fracture or not?  After we have done the x-ray, we will decide whether you need to be transferred to Koh Samui, stay here or can be treated at home. Do you have any insurance?

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

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

Doctor – I understand that you have been hit over the head by a burglar in your house. Please sit on the bed so I can examine your swelling and cut.  You have stopped bleeding and I have done some butterfly stiches but we need to take an x-ray to check that there is 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 very soon.

Role Play 2 – Nurse - Receptionist

Receptionist – Hello. How can I help you?

Friend –  My friend was in an accident and she is in your hospital. I want to know how she is and to get some information so I can explain the situation to her parents.  
Receptionist – What is her name? When did she enter the hospital?

Friend – Her name is Sheila Hamilton and she was brought here in an ambulance last night. She had a motorcycle accident. She is from the New Zealand.

Receptionist – Just a moment. Let me ask the head nurse (pause). Thanks for waiting. Yes, she was checked into our hospital last night at 11.30PM. She has quite a few injuries from the accident and she is now sedated and asleep in the recovery room.

Friend – Can you tell me what injuries she has and is there a doctor her parents can 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 is, so I can get more information from him or her?

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

Friend – OK thank you, I will wait here.

Head Nurse – Hello my name is Klup, 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 have cleaned her cuts and the grazing’s, taken an x-ray and put her foot in a plaster cast.

Friend – OK thank you, Sheila’s parents are worried for her, is it 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 is the telephone number for the hospital, I am here between 7 am and 5pm today and tomorrow, so Sheila’s parents can contact me and the doctor on this number. Also, can you fill out this form the best that you can on behalf of Sheila and put her parents contact details.

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

Head Nurse – Yes, I will 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 is in good hands and will be fine, she just needs recovery time.

Friend – Thank you Nurse Klup, you have been most helpful.

TEFL Thailand - ESL Lesson Plan #1 (Upper Intermediate)

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 class 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. E.g. 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 class to suggest advice. Write their suggestions on the board and debate which is the best answer. Which answers are sensitive? Which answers are mean? Add a few humourous bits of advice yourself if the students don't come up with anything entertaining.

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 and write it on the board with definitions.

In pairs or small groups ask students to summarize (write it down) the letter, in English. Have the groups read their summaries to the rest of the class. Do the other groups agree on the accuracy?

Correct any mistakes in understanding 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 and write it down on the board. Have another student read the summary out loud.

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

TEFL Thailand - ESL Lesson Plan (Any level up to Advanced)

Giving instructions to act out a comedy skit.

Objective: To give instructions

Materials: Short Mr Bean video excerpt (silent comedy) 5 minutes

Play the comedy skit and all have a good laugh. 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 skit. 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 skit. The rest of the class should act as producer calling out instructions on how to enact the skit. Give an award to the best actor.

TESOL course Thailand English Language School Thailand

Course title: Teaching reading
Class level: Advanced
Age: 30's
Date: 9-10-13
Place: Thailand. TEFL Language school.
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 )

Get students and you to learn some tongue twisters as in say “toy boat’’ as fast as you can and “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?”

Extra one because I liked them so much “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 the text out loud, any words unknown by students will be written on the blackboard and explained later. As the students are quite advanced mispronunciation should be corrected when necessary.

14.25 pm ( Revise, Closure )

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

Work sheet examples  below.  



Vocabulary - Meanings From Context

As the summer sun sent scattered rays through the maple and oak leaves 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 _______.

a. very cold
b. visible
c. not moving
d. not melted

Christmas is a time when Dad reverts to his childhood. I really think he looks forward to Santa’s

visit more than any other member of the family. Mom says that he’ll always be a child during this


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

a. stands up straight
b. peeks at presents
c. drinks too much egg nog
d. goes back to being what he was

Fortunately, the explosion diverted the asteroid from a course that would have sent it hurdling

into our planet.

3. To divert is to _______.

a. change the direction of
b. look for really high waves
c. jump into a dry river
d. look through a telescope

A wonderful 98 year old woman is working day and night to knit scarves to send as gifts for the

troops. What a selfless person she is!

4. A selfless woman _______.

a. is selfish
b. has no name
c. likes to wear scarves
d. cares more about others than herself


TEFL Reading Comprehension      TESOL course Thailand




Vitamin D
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 vitamin D to help them fight off diseases by keeping their immune systems strong.

1. The main idea of this paragraph is that vitamin D _______.

a. is found in milk
b. has been studied by scientists
c. is no secret
d. is important for good health

2. If something is essential, it is _______.

a. harmful
b. expensive
c. dreadful
d. needed

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

a. have all you need
b. do not have enough
c. look like an onion
d. are rich

Our bodies can make vitamin D when our skin is 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 _______.
(Remember that every paragraph should have a single main idea.)

a. say why vitamin C is also important
b. explain why you should brush your teeth after eating beetles
c. give some examples of foods that are rich in vitamin D
d. say which diseases might be prevented by vitamin D

5. Which statement is false?

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

Reading Comprehension  


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

1. “A jug fills drop by drop.”   Buddha
What does this mean?
a. It will take about a week before you can drink from that jug.
b. Dr. Gardner will probably notice this.
c. It requires patience to achieve your goals.
d. 8453 drops are needed before the jug is full.

2. Which quote indicates that cats are thinkers?
a. “If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.”   Robert Heinlein
b. “Cats are mysterious kind of folk - there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.”   Sir Walter Scott
c. “As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.”   Ellen Perry Berkeley
d. “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, __________
a. Love must be painful.
b. Love is never real.
c. Love is unselfish.
d. Love can never last.

4. “Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”   Albert Einstein
Einstein is saying that _______
a. Students learn best when they feel that what they're learning is important to them.
b. Teachers should offer cash awards to students for doing their homework.
c. Never make students work hard.
d. Teachers should wrap their assignments in real wrapping paper.

5. “This is 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?
a. You entered the wrong building.
b. Law and order is always a bad thing.
c. Basketball players never play fair!
d. Laws aren't always fair.

ESL Lesoon  bar conversation TESOL course Thailand advanced lesson

Bartender:    Hi there. What can I get for you?
Guest:            I need something cold.
Bartender:    You've come to the right place.
Guest:            Do you have any specials on?
Bartender:    We have highballs on for half price.
Guest:            Sorry, I meant for beer.
Bartender:    Our beer special tonight is two large chang with fish n chips for two people 600THB
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 in a can?
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 to much. How much do I owe you?
Bartender:    100THB - 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 and served with either seasonal vegetables or the chef’s salad.
Guest:        What is chicken cordon bleu exactly?
Bartender:       Bone less chicken breast halves with slices of Swiss cheese and slices of ham cooked inside the chicken with 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 - Cote de Azure etc.
Guest:        I have only ever been to Monte Carlo to watch the grand prix.
Bartender:    I love Monte Carlo it’s a great place and playboy city and often has a lot of rich and famous people passing through.
Guest:        You can say that again! I saw Chanel Cruise the super model, then Michael Jackson, Thierry Henry and of course Michael Schumarker on the winner’s podium.     Do you smoke or sell lighters?
Bartender:    Yes I smoke and here’s a light.
Bartender:       Welcome to Alex’s bar how yer 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! Hehehe!
Bartender:    Oh if that happens we will look after you and I will tell you if I think that you have had enough! I do make a wicked Cosmopolitan or Long Island Iced Tea.
Guest 2:    Cool – I’ll have a Long Island Iced Tea then - 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 yer 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. B/A

TESOL training Thailand

Course title: Teaching grammar
Class level: Intermidiate - Advanced
Age: 30's
Date: 9-10-13
Place: Teaching English language training school Thailand
Frequency: Once
Duration: 45 minutes
Number of students: 5
Objective: Get students to understand plurals nouns and irregular plurals nouns.

Materials: Blackboard, worksheets and information sheets.             

Step by step guide:

13.30 PM ( Warmer )

I’ll start off with a quick puzzle that goes like this:

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to study English.
2. Multiply this number by 2.
3. Add 5.
4. Multiply it by 50 - it starts to get a bit tricky here!
5. If you have already had your birthday yet his year add 1751. If you haven't, add 1750.
6. Now subtract the four-digit year that you were born. You should now have a three digit number.
7. Add 10. 

The first digit of this number is your original number i.e. how many times you would like to study

English each week). The next two numbers are your age.

13.35 PM ( Explanation )

Explain what plurals nouns and irregular plurals nouns are;

13.40 PM ( Practice )

Hand out worksheets for practice and provide help if needed. If there are certain words or

mistakes write them on the blackboard and explain them later.

14.00 PM ( Spelling )

Prepare another spelling test for the students this time only using single words.
Teacher speaks and students write them down and afterwards we will work on the pronunciation.

14.10 PM ( Closure )

Revise, explain questions if there were any and end the lesson.


Tic-tac-toe or a word search ( I’m never able to hand these out because the lack of time ).

Thai explanation on plural nouns.

Spelling test:

Koh Phangan
French fries

TESOL TEFL course Thailand
Toeic test paper Listening and Reading Comprehension

Figure 2: Question Example: Listening Comprehension
I. One picture, spoken sentences (Gilfert & Kim)
a photo of two men talking across a table. An unused computer is 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) is the correct answer, since it is closest in meaning to what is shown in the photo.

Figure 3: Question Example: Listening Comprehension
II. Spoken utterances, spoken response (Gilfert & Kim)
Hello, I'm John.
(A) Hi, John. How are you?
(B) Who's John?
(C) Good-bye, see you later.

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

Figure 4: Question Example: Listening Comprehension
III. Short Conversation, Four printed answers (Gilfert & Kim)
A: May I help you?
B: Yes, do you have this shirt in size 12?
A: Certainly. I'll get one for you.
Where is this conversation most likely taking place?
(A) in a hotel
(B) in a department store
(C) in a post office
(D) 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
IV. Short Talks: (Gilfert & Kim)
Sunshine is forecast for today after two damp days. Westerly winds will freshen by afternoon and chilly air will be transported across 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; and lows in the mid forties Fahrenheit or just under ten degrees Celsius today.
1. How was the weather earlier this week?
(A) Sunny
(B) Cool and dry
(C) Damp
(D) Chilly
2. What kind of weather is expected tomorrow?
(A) Cool and cloudy
(B) Sunny and dry
(C) Damp and windy
(D) Cold and sunny
3. What is a likely high temperature today?
(A) 10¼ C
(B) 17¼ C
(C) 42¼ C
(D) 63¼ C

For question 1, (C) is the best answer. The announcer notes that the last two days have been damp.
For question 2, (A) is the best answer. The announcer notes that "chilly air" is expected overnight.
For question 3, (B) is the best answer. It is within the range of the "high teens."
Figure 6: Question Example: Reading Comprehension
V. Incomplete Sentences: (Gilfert & Kim)
_____ girl over there is my sister.
(A) This (C) Those (B) These (D) That
(D) is the answer that is grammatically correct.
Figure 7: Question Example: Reading Comprehension
VII. Reading Comprehension (Gilfert & Kim)
Questions 1-3 refer to the following news report
LOS ANGELES (NNN)--Rains, accompanied by high winds, closed a number of roads and schools on Monday, but the storm was welcomed 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?
(A) California schoolchildren want to go outside to study rain and flooding.
(B) California parents don't want their children to get wet.
(C) The roads were closed because of flooding and the school buses couldn't drive through.
(D) 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?
(A) California people enjoy walking in the rain.
(B) California roads need relief from the sun.
(C) California schoolchildren want to study rain.
(D) There has been no rain for five years.

The correct answer for Question 1 is (C). This is the only possibility mentioned specifically in the report.
The correct answer for Question 2 is (C). "Drought" means a time of no rain, and therefore very dry.

TOIEC Test free questions

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

  B.     who

  C.     whom

  D.     who's

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

  B.     back

  C.     out

  D.     in

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

  B.     leading

  C.     has led

  D.     have been leading

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

  B.     colored

  C.     colorful

  D.     coloring


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

  B.     as

  C.     so

  D.     too

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

  B.     would

  C.     should

  D.     could

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

  B.     terribly

  C.     terrible

  D.     terrifically

Q.8)   8.  ------------------------------ increased as their proposals were rejected by the multinational company over and over again.
  A.     Disappoint

  B.     Disappointing

  C.     Disappointedly

  D.     Disappointment

Q.9)   As the people watched carefully, the man ------------------ the wall and fled his pursuers.
  A.     hopped

  B.     walked

  C.     jumped over

  D.     jumped across

Q.10)   ------------------------- new improvements make these electric products more appealing to home makers.
  A.     Few

  B.     A little

  C.     Many

  D.     Much

_____ girl over there is my sister.
(A) This (C) Those (B) These (D) That


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