Looking for cohesive devices?

August 17, 2009

Apparently, according to my blog stats, a lot of people have found their way here as a result of searching the terms cohesion and cohesive devices. Well, those people must have been utterly disappointed to find only a passing reference to cohesion in a post about using songs in the classroom. I do apologise – as a fellow teacher, I’ve spent hours painstakingly rummaging through websites in search of exercises, articles, pictures etc. to use in class. Are my tags misleading? Do you feel like I’ve been wasting your time? I’m sorry.

In order make amends I have uploaded a couple of worksheets on cohesion. This one focuses on lexical cohesion. It’s based on two newspaper articles about food in New York and Mexico City.
The other focuses on grammatical cohesion – ellipsis to be precise – and is based on a recent David Letterman interview with Johnny Depp. You can watch the interview here:


Both are fairly challenging and are aimed at learners at B2 (CEFR) level learners and above. There’s also a collaborative writing activity on car safety which works on cohesion on my materials page. More exercises on cohesion to follow.

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New EFL Teaching Materials

July 21, 2009

I just uploaded two collaborative writing lesson plans on to my teaching materials page which draw heavily on the discourse analysis work of McCarthy, Cook, and others; one at pre-intermediate level and one at a strong intermediate level. Both focus on issues relating to car safety.

That’s in addition to the materials that were already there which include listening lessons incorporating songs by Oasis and Portishead and some stuff on collocations.

Take a look.