What IS the story ? (Morning Glory) ? Learning English with the Oasis lads.

20th March 2023

Today we are going to use all our English skills to create a wonderful story. We shall use adjectives, adverbs, perfect grammar and show off our amazing vocabulary.

Are you ready ? Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll !

Oasis were a band of five musicians. They were from Manchester in north England. First, watch this video:

Tell me a story about the video.

Who is the main subject ?

What are they doing ?

How do they look ? Where are they ?

How about the other people in the video ?

How do they feel and why ?

What do they do ? What do they look like ?

There is so much to write about, so plan your story before you start writing.

WILF (What I’m Looking For):

A strong start, tell me about the main subjects.

DO NOT START WITH PRONOUNS

Remember to use new, exciting adjectives. Look at your class notes.

What are they doing and how – use adverbs.

Here’s some brilliant words to make your story glorious:

irritating // annoying // thoughtless //

spyhole // letter box // dart board //

neighbours // tough guys // lady in a sari

tower block (a tall apartment building)

TOP CATS – some new expressions

Can’t hear myself think

The noise drives (the neighbours) crazy

The walls are paper-thin

If you work is sub-standard, you will have to sing this song in front of the whole class … so be brilliant !

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Young Learners, Level 4. Using adverbs correctly, elegantly, sensationally

15th March 2023

The young boys are playing roughly.

Last week, you changed these adjectives to adverbs.

beautiful // calm // careful // easy // good // happy // honest // polite // quick

angry // bad // careless // greedy // lazy // loud // nervous // rough // selfish // stupid

dangerous // fast // furious // mysterious // rare // serious // slow

You now have a word bank of adverbs. Let’s start to use them … correctly.

We’ll keep it really simple, ça va ? 

Remember – never start with a pronoun (he, she, it, they etc). Say what the subject is then what they are doing, then HOW they are doing the verb – use an adverb.

1) The tall man is hiding …

a) easily b) mysteriously c) greedily

2) The Korean girl is looking at her friend …

a) well b) calmly c) angrily

3) The talented musician plays his guitar …

a) very well b) nervously c) politely

4) The man in the white T-shirt eats …

a) greedily b) carefully c) honestly

5) The funny man rides the bus …

a) seriously b) dangerously c) beautifully

Now … your turn

Write sentences about these photos. Top Cats, I expect amazing adjectives, perfect grammar and creative thinking.

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Young learners, level 4: using adjectives, adverbs and your imagination.

9th March 2023

You have learnt many adjectives, practised grammar in present and past tenses, and begun to form adverbs. Now it’s time to bring it all back home.

First, lets change some adjectives to adverbs. Are you ready ?

beautiful // calm // careful // easy // good // happy // honest // polite // quick

angry // bad // careless // greedy // lazy // loud // nervous // rough // selfish // stupid

dangerous // fast // furious // mysterious // rare // serious // slow

I will show you some photos and I want you to write a short piece using adjectives, adverbs and some creative thinking.

Please, Thay Paul, give us an example.

OK, look at the above photo. What adjectives describe the subject ?

The lady is: Asian / beautiful / cute / healthy / intelligent / kind / popular / young

She has: long, black, wavy hair.

She wears a (an) light blue / comfortable / expensive / fashionable dress.

Where is she and what is she doing ?

She is at work, in a bright / clean / modern office. Maybe she is at home in her quiet / new apartment.

She is working on a (an) expensive / fast / new laptop. Her work is difficult / easy / important.

How does she work ?

She is smiling, so maybe she works quickly, or happily or well. Maybe she has finished and can now relax.

So what’s the story ? Let’s use present tense (verb 1).

A beautiful, young, Asian lady is working happily on her new laptop. She has finished her difficult, English homework so she feels fantastic.

How many adjectives did I use ?

Where did I put the adverb ? After the verb ‘work’. Here I used the continuous form (verb + ing). So, put the adverb after a verb (Verb 1, Verb 2 or verb + ing).

Now … your turn

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Thank you, my Top Cats.

5th March 2023

What a fantastic week – two gifts from two gifted students.

First up, an incredible piece of art from Top Cat Ruby who is around ten years old. I shall certainly have this framed.

Next, a gift from a student I no longer teach but whose classroom is near to mine (so they can hear the music I play loudly). Teachers absolutely need throat pastels, and I’m always telling my students to avoid sugar so I was over the moon with this gift from Class Captain Mina.

Thank you Top Cat Ruby, thank you Captain Mina … and not forgetting my irreplaceable TA Ms Huong, and her present:

However, Ms Huong probably gave me these to shut me up ! Regardless, thank you all so much.

Young Learners, Level 4: adverbs of manner

28th February 2023

Take a look at the man in the photo. He is very happy – can you think why ? Maybe he is watching football and his team, Mexico, scored. He is shouting.

How is he shouting ? Happily ? Quietly ? Loudly ?

All words are adverbs of manner – that just means how someone does something.

In our picture the man shouts loudly.

We take the adjective loud and add -ly

Let’s make that into a better sentence.

Are you ready Top Cats ?

I want three adjectives, a verb and then an adverb of manner. Also, give me a reason

Ça va ?

EXAMPLE: The handsome, young, Mexican man is shouting loudly because his team scored a goal.

Lets build a library of adverbs. Take these adjectives and make them adverbs. Be careful with words that end in ‘y’.

beautiful // calm // careful // easy // good // happy // honest // polite // quick

angry // bad // careless // greedy // lazy // loud // nervous // rough // selfish // stupid

dangerous // fast // furious // mysterious // rare // serious // slow

Now … time to create some brilliant sentences

The young lady is from Korea – what is the adjective ? What is she doing, where is she, and how does she feel ? Let’s move on

I don’t think this man is very happy. What do you think ?

To whom is she speaking ? Does she want us to be noisy ? Is the phone call a secret ?

The Japanese band Tricot. They play guitar so …

Do you think riding a motorbike like this is a great idea ? Be careful, Keanu.

If he did this in MY class, what would I do ?

Bye bye – see you next week.

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Gods of Ancient Egypt

23rd February 2023

A revised blog, aimed at younger learners. The original blog may be accessed here: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2022/05/12/young-learners-ancient-egyptian-gods/

An activity where you have to listen, read and collect information. Also you will learn about different cultures and legends.

Today we are going to learn about some of the gods of ancient Egypt. First, where is Egypt ?

Egypt is in Africa. The adjective is Egyptian.

What ancient buildings can you see in Egypt ?

The Pyramids: the largest one was built about 2,500 BC (about 4,500 years ago).

The creature in front is called the Sphinx. What kind of animal is the Sphinx ?

The Sphinx has the face of a woman, the body of a lion and the wings of a bird (maybe a falcon or eagle).

Animals were very important. What animals can you see in this picture ?

We are going to focus on four Gods:

Thoth // Bastet // Ra // Anubis

Vocabulary

Pharaoh / ibis / jackal / Nile River / beak

Pyramids

Sphinx

Tomb

Funeral mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. He lived 1341 – 1323 BC

Hieroglyphs

Write your name (English or Viet) using hieroglyphs.

Look at your handout and follow the instructions. You have to identify the four Gods and colour them.

The British Council ‘LearnEnglishKids’ page has some excellent resources and free print-outs.

Now, some music for ambience:

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Burt Bacharach R.I.P.

16th February 2023

On February 8th we lost another music legend, the composer Burt Bacharach.

Bacharach’s music is often categorised as ‘Easy Listening’, yet the use of Jazz-style chords, and classically-influenced arrangements elevate his songs, making him one of the highest regarded song-writers of the late Twentieth Century.

His influence is ubiquitous; film soundtracks, adverts … even Oasis used his photo on their debut LP in 1994 (it can be seen in the bottom left).

I have musician friends who play all types of styles; they would all give their eye-teeth to write a Burt Bacharach song.

I’ll end this tribute with a link to two of my favourites.

Goodbye Burt … thanks for the music.

Burt Bacharach 12th May 1928 – 8th February 2023

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A Valentine’s blog for people who don’t get Valentines.

14th February 2023

Charlie Kaufman from the film ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (2004).

Today’s blog is dedicated to people who “feel like crap.” Join the club.

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