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.

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.

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.

The phone rang - essay planning

This idea comes from a short story by Raymond Carver called 'Put yourself in my shoes'.

Gap fill poems - activity

Gap fill poems

I like to use this activity to introduce poetry into the classroom and to raise learners' awareness of the beauty and fun to be had with poetry. It can also be used to practise learners' pronunciation.

The new student role-play

This is a role-play activity in which your students practise asking for and giving personal details and directions.

Spot the vocabulary

This is a visual activity which helps make the process of recalling vocabulary motivating and memorable. My students enjoy the 'suspense' aspect at the start, which really gets them involved.

The holiday maze

This is a reading and speaking activity. Students make decisions in pairs or groups with the aim of going on a successful holiday. It is based on a 'maze' principle, which gives students different options and a variety of different holiday outcomes.

The soap opera

In this activity students create a profile for a group of people and imagine their relationships to each other. They then construct a soap opera based around the characters and write a scene from the soap opera.

Anna's wet day out

Planning a simple composition
This activity trains young learners to plan a very simple story by looking at the brainstorming process prior to writing, then allowing them to select ideas, and guiding them to the actual writing of the story through a clearly staged plan.

Chain story telling

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


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.

The new student role-play

This is a role-play activity in which your students practise asking for and giving personal details and directions.

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.

Listening for specific information

These activities are good for training the students to hear everything and to identify individual words.

British and American English - activities

British and American English

This activity is designed to be used when teaching or practising the difference between British and American English vocabulary.

Songs, symbols and lyrics

I am an English teacher in Brazil and I really enjoyed finding this site because it has helped me by giving me tools to use while teaching, such as activities, games and useful tips.

WWW reading task - Holidays on the web

Simple search tasks are incredibly easy to set students using the web as a language-learning tool. They don't have to be particularly complicated, or even well researched, although this helps!

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.


Dictation 3 - Texts

These notes on dictation come from a talk presented by Edna Equihua, 22 August , 2003.

Discussing languages

This is a discussion activity that you can use to find out about your students’ opinions of language learning and how important they think it is.

Discussion Bingo

I have an activity which I use with my intermediate / advanced students. It's called 'discussion bingo' and I use it to get students using set phrases.

Discussion wheels

Discussion wheels are a good way of giving students time to think and formulate opinions before they do discussion work.

Doctors and patients - speaking activity

This lesson can take anything from half an hour to an hour and a half. Divide your class in half, half are doctors, half are patients.

Doodles: Psychoanalysis

This is a simple speaking activity that can provide practice for describing personalities. The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with older teenagers.

Easter reading

This is a simple reading task on the theme of Easter in the UK. It helps students learn about how this time is celebrated in the UK and reflect on special occasions in their own culture.


This is an activity for students to practise reporting speech. It provides a situation for reporting what others have said that can be more realistic than some of the exercises that are found in textbooks, and great fun!


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I find it's a very good idea, but my students get a little frustrated when they give the correct...
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This is most difficult part for me, I understand little of this but hoping to improve it using...
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