1. Screen-sharing for Small Talk
    We often start with some small talk – How was your week, what did you do this weekend, how’s your day going – but these discussions can often be a source of a lot of new vocabulary. If online, as soon as the lesson starts, sharing your screen gives you the chance to note any interesting words that come up. This is also a chance to reinforce previous vocabulary. In the previous lesson she had seen some adjectives to describe difficulty, including ‘demanding’. Adam posed a question using the previous lesson’s vocabulary, and the slides were open and ready in case the student needed any reminders of what the word meant.

2. Drag and drop!
Having a picture to teach new words rather than simply a translation or awkward explanation has many benefits.
– Many learners are visual learners: Pictures can help create strong mental associations with words, making it easier to remember and recall vocabulary.
– Target Language Immersion: Using pictures encourages learners to think directly in the target language rather than translating from their native language.
– Clarifies Ambiguity: Visuals can help clarify meanings of words that might have multiple interpretations or be difficult to define precisely with words alone.
– Engages and Motivates Learners: Dragging and dropping makes the lessons feel truly personalised and dynamic.

 3. Colour coordination

Changing up the colours makes matching exercises much easier to read and review. As you can see from this example, teacher talk time should be very low during these exercises, with your pen doing most of the talking!

4. Adapting the material pre-lesson

The original slide in the following clip contained 5 different locations around Italy. As Carlotta is a sports journalist, Adam spent about 60 seconds pre-lesson to duplicate that slide (right-click on a slide then ‘Duplicate’, or simply Command+D on a Mac) and replace the images with 3 images of sporting events. Even with such minimal effort you can make a lesson fell really adapted to a particular student, giving your lessons that artisanal touch that differentiates us from other schools.