Activities

      Teaching activities to try out in the classroom. For each one you will find a simple guide for preparation and procedure, and sometimes printable worksheets too.

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      Teaching Unplugged - Activities

      If you’d like to have a first go at ‘Teaching Unplugged’ your aim is simply to get students to produce language and then to use the language they produce as the basis for your lesson.
      The most important part of ‘Teaching Unplugged’ for the teacher is not how you generate the emergent language (that is the language that the students produce as they are talking) but what you do with the language.

      Puzzle time
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      Thinking time - a puzzle

      This is a motivating speaking activity for lower levels to develop fluency. Students are given plenty of support and use ‘thinking time’ before the speaking task. The lesson is usually successful with adults and teenagers because of the ‘puzzle’ element. The only materials you need are a box of cocktail sticks.

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      Kaleidescope - Belfast

      Kaleidescope is a project that mixes video and original pieces of writing from well-known authors in three capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The package consists of a piece of poetry or prose, which looks at the city from an insider’s point of view. A simple movie accompanies the writing to help the language learner understand lexical or cultural items that require explanation.

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      Kaleidescope - Cardiff

      Kaleidescope is a project that mixes video and original pieces of writing from well-known authors in three capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The package consists of a piece of poetry or prose, which looks at the city from an insider’s point of view. A simple movie accompanies the writing to help the language learner understand lexical or cultural items that require explanation.

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      Kaleidescope - Edinburgh

      Kaleidescope is a project that mixes video and original pieces of writing from well-known authors in three capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

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      Motivating speaking activities for lower levels

      These activities are all designed to motivate lower level learners to speak in pairs or small groups.

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      Megabridges

      This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic’s Mega-structures series

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      Writing poems with ‘Spark’

      “Writing poems? No, this wouldn’t work with my students!” If you feel skeptical about getting your students to try their hand at composing poems or songs in class, try this activity.

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      Poetic introductions / A picture game

      One way to introduce vocabulary could be having your students write poems.

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      Vocabulary phonemic revision activity

      I am a great believer in teaching phonetic script with new words, alongside their spelling, stress patterns and L1 equivalents.

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      Sitcom activity: creating a sitcom

      This activity is suitable for intermediate level students and above. Students create a new sitcom in groups.

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      An Interview with Sir Peter

      This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France, but became a popular subject for TV and newspaper interviews. It is a pair-work speaking, listening, reading and writing exercise for students who are at a good intermediate level or above.

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      Have you ever...?

      This activity practises ‘have you ever...? to talk about life experiences. It is student led in terms of the content and is satisfying as a result.

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      'The Washing Line' - teaching clothes vocabulary

      This is a good vocabulary activity to use with younger learners.

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      'Wall dictionary'

      This is a good way to help kids learn and review their vocabulary. It really helps them with the alphabet and spelling.

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      A business letter

      In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.

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      A class magazine

      Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

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      A class survey

      Doing surveys can be a useful way of getting your students to interact, produce question forms and collect and analyse real information.

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      phuongnam's picture

      phuongnam
      Vietnam

      I have used this kind of activity but for the groups of four or five students, they need to find...
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      Freddybs
      Indonesia

      A nice brainstroming activity before start the whilst activity in classroom, nice share


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      Cynthiaonthemoon
      United Kingdom (Great Britain)

      It is a really good way to encourage the learners to think and talk, which reminds me of the...
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