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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      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.

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      Working with biographies

      The Biography section of portfolios is a documentation of the learners' personal language learning history and can include, for example, a short narrative about the summer camp they attended and for which they may include a certificate of attendance in the passport section.

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      It’s 12.00 o'clock!

      This is a drawing and speaking activity that is fun to use with primary classes to revise the present continuous form. It is easy to set up and requires no preparation or materials, except a board and a board pen.

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      Who is it?

      In this activity students listen to information about two people who emigrated to Dublin. They then have to create profiles of other immigrants based on the text from the listening. The activity is based on themes and images from the OPENCities project www.opencities.eu

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      Lucky number 6

      This is a quick simple game that reviews question forms and can be used as a warmer or a filler at the end of the lesson with all students aged 7 – 11.

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      Shopping at the minimarket

      To set up the activity requires quite a lot of preparation. However, this activity can be repeated over future lessons as a review (using new shopping lists) and develops a number of skills (CLIL) and creates an appropriate context for students to communicate at this age.

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      Mingling: True or false?

      This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in asking and answering questions. The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with older teenagers.

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      Pairwork: What’s in the fridge?

      This is a another simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in countable and uncountable nouns, in the question structure – How much … is there? /How many … are there? and the corresponding answers There is … / There are … and food vocabulary. The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with older teenagers.

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      Introducing the Phonemic Alphabet

      I start with the seven vowel phonemes that the letters of the alphabet can be divided into. I encourage students to try and guess the sounds first (some of them are similar to sounds in Italian so these ones are fairly easy for my students).

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      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!

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      Big City Small World

      This is a fun listening activity that can be used with adults and secondary groups. It exploits the Big City Small World audio soap from LearnEnglish.

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      Where would you live?

      In this activity, students compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in different countries. It takes 90 minutes and it is designed for intermediate students.

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      Inventions

      This is a fun speaking activity in the form of a game. It can be used with most levels and most age groups. Students practise presenting their opinions and reaching agreement. There is an initial group work activity and extension speaking and writing activities.

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      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

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      Choosing a house

      I use this activity with higher-Elementary level students, primarily to practise vocabulary and collocations related to house and home, but also as an early confidence builder for speaking skills.

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      Choosing a school

      I first did this activity to supplement a unit in one of the better known Pre-Intermediate coursebooks which had a focus on school, and since then I've used it many times as the culmination of activities aimed at practising the ‘obligation and permission' modals, can, can't, have to, must, don't have to, mustn't.

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      Christmas Games

      Here are some games which we associate with parties and Christmas celebrations in UK schools. These games can be adapted for language learners of all ages and levels.

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      Circle games

      These games involve the learners sitting in a circle and working as a whole class. See the related think article - Think - Methodology - Circle games - for advice on how to manage these games and for more activity ideas.

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      saplingss's picture

      saplingss
      Pakistan

      Good strategies.

      Does anybody have any activities that could be given for early...
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      joekernow
      Spain

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


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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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