FREE Sample English Class
Hello ESL English language learners and friends of Blue Noun English Language School in Perthshire!
We’ve something different for you today – as an experiment, we’re publishing a sample lesson. It’s to show you the sort of thing we discuss in our English classes.
We regularly discuss topics around art, culture and the built environment as our English language school classes targets English needed for creative industries.
Use this sample lesson freely. There’s a written introduction, an audio clip, the transcript and some discussion questions.
Whether you are an ESL teacher or ESL learner, we hope you enjoy using this FREE sample English class.
Geoffry Cox is a Conservative politician and an outspoken pro-Brexiteer.
However, on this one question, I enjoyed hearing what he had to say.
“[I think churches are] precious arks that have come down to us in the past, from the past, and which contain within them important seeds of learning for our civilisation and communities.”
Geoffrey Cox, 2019
Listening Exercise Transcript
- Is there any similar problem in your country? If so, why? What are the changes in society?
- What are some of the things redundant church buildings could be used for?
- Have you ever seen a church building (or other building) repurposed in a surprising or innovative way?
One potential use of these buildings it to turn them into bars and nightclubs, like the Pitcher and Piano in Nottingham (link below).
- What do you think about this? Is it sacrilegious?
- Is it normal to like what a politician says on certain subjects but strongly dislike their stance on others – or is it more usual to align within political camps?
- How much of a say should the community (presumably the former congregation) have in the repurposing of former church buildings?
Conversation Practice | Descriptions and Expressing Opinions
At this point in the English lesson, we would get Ipads or phones out, and go for a nice exploration around Pinterest.
The group would partner up and describe something they particularly like (or dislike) and explain their opinion.
It’s chatty, fun and relaxed – but it practices really important English language skills needed for collaborating on projects.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this sample English lesson.
If so, do let us know in the comments!
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A quick note from the author
We began the Blue Noun blog back in 2019, when we called ourselves a ‘language school’ (we now call ourselves a language hub) and we were building up our business completely from scratch.
Our first few months were spent making friends in the community, researching homestay hosts for our language guests and finding out about all the good local places and activities to take our language learning guests.
In 2021 we moved the Blue Noun website to a different platform. We had the option of deleting these old blogs – they are very different form our current, more pedagogic style of posting, but I think they are quite charming to see how our young business grew, turning from a language school run by an artist – into a language hub which really began to focus on coaching artists in English by immersing them in creative environments.