I love the java jive….

Love the Jave Jive? Busting for a cuppa? When Canadian teacher Vicky Loras, one of the lovely founders of eltpics, based in Zug, Switzerland, tweeted us her morning coffee and, in doing so, took eltpics to the 7,000 mark, I knew I just had to have her as guest blogger on Take a photo and… Vicky inspires many teachers around the world via her beautiful blog, so here she is to inspire you too. Also check her out on our Burning Questionnaire blog, where she shares a bit about her life with us.


That cup of coffee. Picture 7,000 at eltpics by Vicky Loras.

Things I Do Every Day –

An Activity for Beginner English Learners

I am very happy the picture of my favourite coffee cup came up number 7,000 in #eltpics, in the Daily Routines set! This is how I would use it in class, along with the other photos in the same set – I think it would be great to use with my true beginners to practice the Present Simple (my German speakers would benefit a lot, as there is only one present tense in German and only time adverbs distinguish between doing something as a regular activity and doing something at the moment of speaking).

I would start by showing them the photo(s) and saying:

I drink coffee every day. What do you do (stressing this part to him) every day, Werner?

I wake up early.

Werner wakes up early, I would then say, writing it on the board to stress the change of person and ending. Then I would ask another student to model it one more time and then have others ask each other What do you do every day? And then repeat the other person’s answer in the third person, until they have all had a turn or two and understand the change in person. The sentences can become progressively more complex: I drink four or five cups of coffee every day.

Perhaps then we would move to other question form, such as How many cups of coffee do you drink every day? How often do you wake up early? Anything to help them practise the question form (do you) and asking about the regularity of an activity in the Present Simple and answering for all persons.

This would also help them a lot in understanding the use of the Present Simple, as it can be quite a tricky tense. If you have any other ideas of how to use the same photo, I would love to hear them!


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