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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      Word Family Framework

      The Word Family Framework (WFF) places 22,000 words on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


      Playing with lexical cards

      Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly. This is often because they don’t know what words go with what other words, i.e. collocations.


      Pairwork: tai chi classes

      This is a simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the present simple question form – What does he/she do on…?, days of the week, times and leisure activities. The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with older teenagers.


      Three of a kind?

      Use this activity to practice the use of comparatives and superlatives and to introduce more complex ways of comparison.


      Using the vocabulary game Pic-your-wits in class

      Pic-your-wits is a vocabulary game that you can find on Facebook and on the LearnEnglish site.


      Listen and draw

      This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and giving clear instructions. The lesson is usually successful with adults and teenagers.


      My wikipedia

      This is an activity 'about' the internet, but it doesn't start online. In fact it has to start offline: the idea is that students try and predict the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry for their town, region or country.


      Family snapshot

      If you teach young learners who are all the same age and live in the same town, opportunities for sharing and comparing life experiences can feel more limited than they would be in a multi-national class of adult learners.

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      When did you last...?

      This is a simple activity to set up and gives Elementary level students plenty of opportunity to speak and practise using the past simple.


      Elementary podcasts

      This is a simple listening activity that can be used with adults and secondary groups, and is based on LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts. There is a lead-in activity that students can do in class and then a follow on task that can be done in class or set as homework.


      Fun revision quiz

      This activity is based on the format of most of the quiz shows currently shown on television. I have tried it with different ages and levels and it has proved to be a fun and challenging way of doing revision.


      Revision activities

      On this page you will find lots of ideas for classroom activities to help your students with revision.


      Same sound, different sound

      This is an activity for more advanced students. It is diagnostic because it reveals the mental picture of English sounds that students have.

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      A creative writing activity: A dark and stormy night

      This is an idea I learned when I first started teaching and still use to this day. The main focus of the activity is on developing writing skills, but it's also good for developing listening and reading skills and also for practising past tenses and descriptive vocabulary.


      A Perfect story

      The present perfect is a tense that many students have problems with. Most course books provide only controlled grammar sentences where students choose the correct tense.


      A Reading Task and Role Play

      Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role play. The learners have to put a jumbled conversation into the correct order and can then act it out in pairs. The conversation takes place in a Travel Agent's.


      A shopping role play

      This activity gives learners at an intermediate level and above the opportunity to use interactional language in a role-play situation


      Accidents anecdotes

      In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.

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      saplingss's picture


      Good strategies.

      Does anybody have any activities that could be given for early...
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      joekernow's picture


      Thank you for this resource, so simple but yet effective.

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      phuongnam's picture


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