This video addresses some of the most common issues with talking about the weekend with high-level students and provides some neat words and phrases to help learners avoid those pre-intermediate stock phrases.

Sometimes, it’s the everyday things that can be most difficult to talk about. But they’re also the things our students talk about most.

As they get better and better at using the language, English learners still end up talking about the same topics again and again.

And that’s normal, right?

I mean – whenever you run into a friend on a Monday, what do you end up talking about?

The previous weekend, right?

And if you’re having an informal chat after a Zoom meeting on a Friday, what does the conversation turn to?

Yep! The coming weekend!

It’s a classroom cliché for a reason. But it’s a good reason: It’s what’s on our minds at the beginning and the end of the week, and as a result, it’s something we humans naturally gravitate towards.

And it’s no different with our students.

But I’ve always found that it’s very easy for some of my higher-level students to get stuck in their old, elementary or pre-intermediate stock responses when it comes to the weekend. They feel they’ve already nailed this subject, so just sort of go on autopilot.

But there’s always room for upgrading. Nuances. Intricacies. Details.

Not to mention the fact that they sometimes find it tricky to figure out which weekend we’re talking about.

This video tries to address some of the most common issues with talking about the weekend with high-level students and provides some neat words and phrases to help learners avoid those pre-intermediate stock phrases.


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