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.

Revision activities

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

What's the question?

This is a pair-work reading, (speaking) and grammar-based activity for elementary students. It mainly practises question formation, reading comprehension and the ability to identify and correct factual mistakes in a text.

Theft in the hotel

This activity is a role play that allows students to take control, decide how the story will develop, and use their imagination. It can be used with a range of levels as students drive the content, but they will have to think on their feet and use the language in real time as they can’t prepare for what is going to happen.

Vocabulary activities

Have you tried these practical activities to help students with vocabulary learning? There's something for all ages and levels.

Same as the teacher?

This activity is designed to be used as a vocabulary review or test of existing knowledge of the learners' vocabulary. It generates lots of words and is a lot of fun. The categories can be changed to suit the level and learner.

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Stop, go back dictation

This is a dictation activity which pushes students to make sense of the language they hear by writing it down as accurately as possible.

Using Glogster for creating interactive online posters

You can create attractive and colourful Glogster posters with your students on many different occasions: for celebrating festivals, for illustrating project work or for presenting a topic.

Creating Vokis – online animated characters that speak

Vokis are great for practising speaking skills with students. Creating an animated character and giving it a voice is real fun to do and breaks down the inhibitions that students often have when faced with recording themselves speaking in English.

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Superlative noughts and crosses

I like to use this activity to promote the use of the superlative form. It utilises a well-known game that students find stimulating and fun to play.

Algorithms

This is a whole-class speaking activity, needing no preparation, that gets the students practising question forms in a way that is useful practice as well as fun.

Realia in the bag

I have used this vocabulary activity several times with students of different ages.

Henry VIII

This is a role-play speaking activity based on Henry VIII for upper-intermediate students and above. This is a topic that reappears in course books and he is a historical character who is well known throughout the world.

Chain story telling

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

Guided writing: Writing an article using the OHP

In this activity students find out about another country and put together an article. It can be used with students at intermediate level and above and helps develop their fluency as well as their writing skills.

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

Accidents anecdotes

In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.

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Creating Vokis – online animated characters that speak

Vokis are great for practising speaking skills with students. Creating an animated character and giving it a voice is real fun to do and breaks down the inhibitions that students often have when faced with recording themselves speaking in English.

Creative group writing

This activity really makes writing in class fun. I have used this activity for years and it has always been a hit. It's good practice for writing creative stories using narrative tenses.

Daily routines

This is a writing and speaking activity using the silent-method to practise vocabulary of daily routine, present simple and telling the time.

Dating game

This is a great activity for getting students talking. I have used it successfully with many different levels and age groups and have found that it is very effective at motivating teenagers to talk.

Definitions - Get rid of it

This game can be adapted for matching definitions to words or matching opposites.

Desert island

This is a speaking activity based on the theme of being stranded on a desert island. It is suitable for pre-intermediate students upwards.

Design a mobile phone

This activity can be used for all levels and could be extended to a mini-project for younger students.

Developing a Nation

This is a group-work speaking activity for intermediate level and above, where students are asked to make choices about the future economic development of a fictional developing country.

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