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Who wants hot chocolate?!! Students will LOVE adjectives!

Hello and welcome to our Nuthouse Education blog! 


(If you are a visual person, there is a video at the end of this Blog with me showing these cool flashcards and being a little silly.)


  The Nuthouse Team and I are very excited to be working with Language Teaching Professionals and would like to congratulate them on the new website!  Our goal with these blogs in a nutshell is to help you to get your students speaking on their own more naturally and using the language they have to communicate with you.  I will be doing various blog series throughout the year on getting kids speaking, how to get more students and how to improve your lifestyle by learning or honing some business skills.


  This blog is the first in a series of blogs to give you some awesome ideas on how to get the most out of the Christmas theme.  At the end of the series, you will be able to download all of the flashcards that were used in the blog series so that you can try them out in your classrooms too so be sure to check regularly as I will be posting every week up until December.



  • To show you how to get young children using adjectives more naturally.

Materials Provided: 

  • The links to all flashcards you see in this blog series will be in the last blog post of this series

Key Points:

  • Sometimes it can be hard to teach adjectives because we find ourselves looking around the classroom to find objects that match those adjectives.  Hmmm, well I guess this is kind of rough…ish.  Oh! I found something smooth!
  • Mixing adjectives into a story is a great way to get children more emotionally engaged in using the target language.  
  • Hot chocolate and cold milk are often associated with Christmas time so it’s a great time to teach hot and cold.


How to use the cards: 


  1. Show the two cards to your students and say,”I have hot chocolate and cold milk.  Which one do you want?”
  2. Have students say,”Hot chocolate, please” or “Cold milk, please.”  
  3. Say,”Here you are”, hand the student a ‘drink’ and have students say,”Thank you.”  


Important Tips: 

  1. When you hand the ‘hot’ chocolate or ‘cold milk’ to the students just touch the flashcard and pretend as though you are taking the hot chocolate out of the flashcard and pretend it’s very hot when handing it to them.  They will really enjoy their imaginary hot chocolate!! 
  2. Using the Nuthouse Grammar Gestures will really help the children to remember the language!  If you are interested in learning more about these, then leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to do a blog about them.
  3. The Nuthouse Emotional Positioning Technique is a very powerful way to get young children talking more.  If you are interested in learning more about this, then also leave a comment below and I’ll do a blog series on this too!  

Here is the video with a few more tips and silliness! 

Scott Crowe

Scott Crowe

I have a theatre background so I was always very picky about kids ‘feeling’ what they were saying as an actor would.I wanted it to be real communication.I spent the last 17 years creating techniques and materials to guide teachers and students to be able to do this in a fun and easy way.I have done consulting for Gakken and Benesse corporation as well as helping many schools to enjoy teaching young children and gather many students.
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5 Responses to Who wants hot chocolate?!! Students will LOVE adjectives!

  1. I really enjoyed this video, thank you Scott!
    I am that teacher that jumps about doing the hot and cold actions.
    Bringing the flashcards to life is a fantastic concept. It’s so easy to drill out flashcards while forgetting to think about how the learner can potentially use the language. I’m looking forward to your next blog 🙂
    Decorations in November haha!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Sean! I love to hear from people. If you have any requests I will do my best to cover them in future blogs!

  2. Looking forward to following your blogs. Great to have met you at the ETJ Fukuoka meeting. Loved your presentation. You mentioned a sample lesson – how may I receive please? Cheers, Drew Smith

  3. Excellent to have met you at the ETJ Fukuoka meeting. Looking forward to following this blog. Love your philosophy on classroom presence! You mentioned a sample lesson – How can I receive please? Again cheers, Drew Smith

  4. Great meeing you at ETJ Tokyo. Acn’t wait for your extra information. Thanks for sharing your vast experience

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