Monthly Archives: May 2013

Learning Chocolate: Vocabulary Website


I’m not sure the kids will prefer it to chocolate, but Stephanie found a great site for practicing vocabulary.

Learning Chocolate has the typical vocabulary groups (weather, animals, clothing, action verbs) but it also has more advanced vocabulary such as hairstyles, Greek god symbols and internal organs.  Most of these advanced categories could be used to introduce vocabulary to the higher-level students, and then be used as speaking and writing prompts.   The best thing to do is to go to the main page and check it all out.

On the first page of each category is a list of about 10 words, with pictures and written words (go ahead and work on the students’ spelling).  There are also three “games”, the second of which usually doesn’t involve audio.  In any case, there’s also a cloze exercise (“fill in”) to do.

P.S.  If you end up with very difficult students (read: adults) who are floundering, you can also change the language at the top of the page: switch “use” to Chinese and “learn” to English.  We really don’t recommend doing this unless it’s absolutely necessary to get the student to understand, though.


Sesame Street


The kids in China have a vague understanding of Sesame Street, but most of them don’t actually watch it.  They’re fascinated to learn that the creatures on their t-shirts have names.

I’ve introduced the names of the main muppets by putting their pictures on the first page of the slides; every day, there’s a new monster to identify. The keeners have taken to looking up the names on the internet before I even finish saying “hello” to everyone.  (If you don’t know all the characters’ names–they’ve added some new ones since we were kids– there’s a Wiki page here.)

You can find free Sesame Street e-books here; the levels vary.

There are some games here, but they depend a lot on audio cues… and fast internet.

My favourite Sesame Street book, The Monster at the End of this Book, can be found online here.