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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      Revision activities

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

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      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.

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      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.

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      Vocabulary activities

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

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      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.

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      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.

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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.

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      Cheat & Swindle Holidays

      If you've got a confident class with a passion for debate this activity could be the ideal way to allow learners to let off a bit of steam, while allowing the teacher to retain relative control over the language used.

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      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.

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      Lateral thinking

      I like to use this activity to promote recognition and then practise the past continuous. It utilises a well known lateral thinking puzzle.

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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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      Sitcom activity: watching and completing a table

      This latest activity exploiting sitcoms is suitable for pre-intermediate students and above. In this activity students watch a clip from two different sitcoms and then they complete a table with information. They finish by writing a short paragraph saying which clip they preferred and why.

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      Change place, change face

      This activity gives students maximum speaking time and helps develop fluency. The slightly ‘unusual’ classroom set-up seems to encourage students to speak, producing a healthy buzz and fostering a positive learning environment.

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      Changes

      This is a speaking activity in which learners answer questions about their past, present and future, and identify how they change

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      Chat

      This activity simulates ‘chatting’ – a popular (online) communication process which has features common to both speaking and writing.

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      Cheat & Swindle Holidays

      If you've got a confident class with a passion for debate this activity could be the ideal way to allow learners to let off a bit of steam, while allowing the teacher to retain relative control over the language used.

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      Childhood stories

      This series of activities enables students to practise what are traditionally called 'language skills' (reading, writing, etc.) in the context of their own lives and learn more about each other in the process.

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      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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