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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      Comparative plips and plops

      I like to use this activity to promote the use of the comparative form. It is a fun guessing game that encourages creativity


      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.


      Opinion poll

      In this activity students will practice forming questions and explore opinions regarding migration. They will create their own questionnaire and survey classmates, friends and family. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project


      Choose a city

      In this speaking activity students think about and discuss a city they would like to live in for a year. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project


      Poems for the future

      Here are some suggestions to help get your students writing poems based around the theme of the future.


      Put yourself in the picture

      This is a speaking task that encourages students to empathise with other people and try to understand them better. The activity uses a number of visuals of migrants and the students have to imagine they are the person in the picture. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project


      Other cultures

      One of the good things about migration is the opportunities it brings for learning about other cultures. In this speaking and discussion activity students will be able to share their views and knowledge of other cultures. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project


      Migrant stories

      This activity is based around a website that tells the true stories of some people who migrated to Australia many years ago.

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      The longest time

      This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It practises the use of the ‘present perfect' to talk about something (an activity or state) that starts in the past and continues now. It could be used to introduce this area or to provide further general practice later.


      Simple picture activity

      Simple classroom activity to help with vocabulary.


      The silent sounds game

      This game is a good way to practise the vowel and diphthong sounds, and it is particularly enjoyed by young learners.


      Telephone number pronunciation

      This activity practises discrete vowel sounds. It practises both speaking and listening skills. It works well in pairs or in groups and usually generates lots of fun.

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      Broken Telephone

      This is a little game I have used to help students with their listening practice and it develops pronunciation awareness. The name of this game is 'broken telephone'.


      Buy and sell - A revision activity for younger learners

      This is a game that practises vocabulary and speaking skills in the context of buying and selling. It is a great revision activity for younger students.


      C for consonant, V for vowel

      This is an activity to be carried out before introducing phonemic symbols. It is designed to teach students:


      Chain story telling

      In this speaking activity the students tell personal stories which are prompted by pictures.


      Chalk and cheese

      This activity looks at ways of making comparative forms by asking learners to compare things that are usually thought of as opposites.

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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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