Fun revision quiz

      This activity is based on the format of most of the quiz shows currently shown on television. I have tried it with different ages and levels and it has proved to be a fun and challenging way of doing revision.

      Prepare a set of questions on vocabulary areas, grammar points, verb patterns, etc. from recent lessons. The questions could go along the lines of:

      Average: 3 (23 votes)

      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.

      It can be used to revise structures or to present them as part of an inductive approach. It also encourages learners to be creative.

      Average: 3.1 (24 votes)

      Remember the last class - Revision at the beginning of a lesson

      This is a simple way to start the lesson with revision that uses the board.

      I often start off a lesson with a class by simply saying at the beginning of the class 'What do you remember from the last English lesson?' Now, perhaps that lesson was one or two days ago, perhaps

      Average: 3.4 (20 votes)

      Slap the board - A vocabulary revision activity

      Slap the board is an energetic vocabulary activity - it can be used for revision, presentation and testing - which involves students running to and hitting the board.

      • You put the vocabulary items on the board in any order - jumbled and sometimes a little bit higher than the tallest kid can reach, so that they'll have to jump.
      • Form groups.
      Average: 3.4 (22 votes)

      Getting to know you question tags

      This is a communicative exercise to practise using question tags with rising intonation when you are not sure that your ideas are right.

      It would be suitable for freer practice once the area has been introduced and practised in a more controlled form.

      Average: 3.4 (17 votes)

      Comparatives and superlatives through pictures

      A short but fun way to revise comparatives and superlatives is to give students a blank piece of paper and ask them to draw an easy to draw object, such as a star, a tree, a flower or a house on it.


      Average: 3.8 (56 votes)

      Class secrets for modals for possibility

      This is a speaking exercise for modal verbs used to express possibility, for intermediate / upper-intermediate classes.

      There are a variety of forms in both past and present, making it suitable for a class who are revising these structures.

      Average: 3.7 (18 votes)

      How to measure advanced level students' progress

      No matter what textbook(s) you may use, you will need some special tasks for a lesson which is dedicated to measuring the progress of your advanced level students.

      These tasks should be different from the ones used regularly, and they should also differ from the customary tests.

      Average: 3.8 (15 votes)

      The last time

      This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It revises time references and past simple.

      Example: ' When was the last time you were really happy?' - 'Two weeks ago - it was my birthday'.

      Average: 4 (5 votes)

      Why bother?

      This is a speaking exercise to practise clauses and infinitive of purpose:

      • to ...
      • in order to ...
      • so ...
      • so that ...

      Average: 3.8 (8 votes)
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