Zuletzt auf dieser Seite aktualisiert:


Startseite/ Neu und Wichtig (8.3.)





Haben Sie "Sweet Things and Stories" schon auf facebook besucht? Für alle Englisch- und Lesefreunde gibt es dort interessante, amüsante und bewegende Bilder und Nachrichten aus der Welt der Bücher. 





Sweet Things & Stories
Talstraße 8

71272 Renningen-Malmsheim


Tel. 01520-1831294


Teachers' Corner



Hi fellow teachers -


tipps and ideas on the Internet are infinite. 

The teachers' corner on this page is nothing more and nothing less than

just a little space reserved for something I recently tried myself, for an

encouraging text, quote or picture or for something you let me know by

E-mail to share with others.



Die geniale Einstiegslektüre für Schüler ab 10 und Erwachsene ab A2: Spezial-oder Originaltexte deutsch-englisch gemischt, mit Vokabelangaben, mit Rätseln und Übungen.... Bei Sweet Things & Stories gibt es davon jede Menge, gebraucht und super günstig. 

Eine tolle Idee für den Unterricht ist auch, so ein Buch von Stunde zu Stunde als Fortsetzungsgeschichte zu lesen und zu besprechen.




Das deutsch-amerikanische Institut in Tübingen macht Lehrern an Schulen und Volkshochschulen ein interessantes Angebot mit "Rent an American". Nach Absprache kann man eine Amerikanerin/ einen Amerikaner in den Unterricht einladen und berichten lassen. Diesen Besuch kann man natürlich entsprechend vor- und nachbereiten und die Schüler Fragen formulieren und stellen lassen. Infos gibts hier: www.rentanamerican.de. 




Are you teaching English (speaking) kids? Find an amazing amount of materials for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and amazing examples for interactive teaching here:






Hope you're enjoying a nice holiday! But you could still make some preparations from time to time:

 - Browse old magazines and cut out advertisements that your class can discuss, guess the product, invent other ads....

 - Collect newspaper titles and have your class make up articles later on 

 - Read the "poetry quests" on this site to check if you'd like to use them in your class

 - prepare a list of silly/ absurd/ interesting/ psychological... questions to start your lessons with

 - write postcards to your class from the places you've been to, bring them with you after the holidays and use them as an inspiration to have people talk about their holidays, or write each other postcards, or write postcards about imaginary trips as a group work (they could also write an imaginary postcard (including hints) by a VIP,  the others then have to guess).




Hi there, I do hope you missed new entries here.... Today's idea is for those rather sensual learners who aren't happy reading, writing and talking all the time.

Use modelling clay (soft play dough or other types) and have your pupils make little things and playing games: They could

 - simply form letters to make the most difficult word they've come across in the last few weeks

 - form an object and have a partner watch it and guess all the time what it will be in the end

 - form an object that is part of a story, a saying, an expression.... you have talked about lately

 - form the same object as their secret partner (you've given out cards beforehand, every object twice) and then have a look at the other pupils' things and guess who their partner is (you could then start some kind of group work!)

- work on an "exhibition" or form any kind of goods to "sell"  and have some amusing role play afterwards

-etc. etc.


Want more gum? Get fruit gums and have your pupils take turns choosing one and making a sentence with their chosen object. For pros: Tell a story together! This is originally Rowntree's idea and is played best with Rowntree's Randoms fruit gums, but you can also use Haribo's "Phantasialand" or a mixed box of Trolli gums. 


By the way: I found that to distribute some sweets from time to time, like for example Haribo mini bags, can really cheer people up!





Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Should you teach English these

days why not talk about Thanksgiving for a while. If you've got the possibility

to have your pupils watch a video on youtube, try this one which is fun for all



In my classes we counted our blessings, flipping through the vocabulary

booklets and looking for words to get an A-Z of things one could be thankful


We also imagined planning a Thanksgiving party together, making a to-do list and filling in the names by making people form sentences like: I don't mind doing the washing-up, I'm looking forward to inviting many guests, I can't stand stuffing the turkey, I'm afraid of eating leftovers for fourteen days....

It was a fun way to learn expressions + Gerund. You could do the same for

Christmas, of course. 

Then last Sunday was "Stir it up" Sunday - the day where people traditionally

prepare the Christmas pudding and let every family member stir and make a

wish. You could talk about this tradition, hand out a recipe and ask people to

make wishes.

Are you dealing with the simple past at the moment? Make a check list before old ST. Nick arrives... (Did my homework - check, fed the cat, visited greatgrand-uncle Rob, played with little Susie, bought presents for the neighbours...)

I'm sure YOU deserve a full stocking this year!!!




I've just discovered a really beautiful poem to use with my A1 class to explain

"some", "any", "every" and "no". The poem is easy to pronounce, hardly any unknown words, great message. We read, translated and interpreted it together and then checked what effect to the message of the poem there would be if we exchanged the two "some" for "any", "every" or "no". I think that this made it quite clear! Here's the poem:


Oh, fields of wonder

Out of which

Stars are born,

And moon and sun

And me as well,

Like stroke

Of lightning

In the night

Some mark

To make

Some word

To tell.

Langston Hughes


This poem is great for teenagers, too, and of course you could add a little

background knowledge about the great African-American writer Hughes but it is not necessary for using the poem.

P.S. I like to think that sometimes in classes, courses... there are moments that help those we're teaching to feel that way.




Here's an idea for practising numbers and talking on the phone in class: Have everyone note his or her telephone number on a small paper, collect them, mix, hand them out again. Now every one has to "call" the number received by reading it, and the real owner of this number has to "answer the phone". 

By the way, with teenage students you can make this more fun by allowing

them to use their real mobile phones.




Are you having a little Hallowe'en -Party? If so, try spider-muffins (any kind of muffins with eight legs poked into the muffins, made from "Lakritzschnecken") or Cookies gone bad (made with green Smarties only).

Last year I read a short vampire story with my classes for different voices and choir; we read it in the dark with torches which was fun!




Hi to all those whose children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews... love to

collect stickers for albums as they're sold at Edeka, rewe... from time to time.We've got so many double, triple... stickers at home, but I felt sorry to throw them away which is why I'm using them in class now. Here are a few


- use pictures that consist of two, three or four stickers to distribute them

among your pupils to rearrange partners for group work

- distribute animal pictures and have pupils describe their animal or the others ask questions to find out what it is

- introduce new adjectives and let pupils choose an approriate sticker for them.

You could also make a poster and let pupils stick their stickers to the

corresponding words. AND here's a fantastic song to introduce new

adjectives:Everything at once (Lenka). Check it out on youtube.com!

- use stickers with animals or buildings or any other objects to repeat the

comparative and superlative (I think a flamingo is bigger/ more beautiful... than a rat)

- tell a little story where the pictures you'll distribute are mentioned/ described in. Pupils will have to listen and react when their picture is mentioned.

Have fun!




A few more days to go before most of the VHS English courses start again.

Why not postpone the "What did you do in your summer holiday" round to the second meeting, telling the class to bring a souvenir from their last or any other holiday. In my A1-A2 classes we had fun showing each other all kinds of things, at the same time repeating countries and nationalities by saying "I think this looks Polish. Is it from Poland?" and so on. Everyone had the chance to answer only as much as he or she wished to while participating in asking the modelled questions.

By the way - what did you teachers do on holiday? Do you also see the world

through those "Oh I could use that for...." eyes?