• About the chartPure vowels are arranged the same way as in the IPA chart: according to mouth shape (left to right, lips wide / round - top to bottom, jaw closed / open).Diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound.Try some...
  • PreparationDivide students into groups of about three. It is not necessary to have all male or all female groups but you could consider it. Give half the class Card 1 and the other half the class Card 2:Card 1You are 15. You know a very beautiful...
  • Songs can be exploited in many ways.1. The cloze or gap fillThis is the most familiar and popular activity, and for that reason is probably overused. However, there are many important things to bear in mind when using them, and there are many...
  • PreparationHave a selection of superlative adjectives readily prepared. For example strongest, fastest, biggest, heaviest, tallest, most dangerous, etc.ProcedureWrite one of these adjectives on the board and elicit something that each adjective...
  • First the students try to complete some trivia sentences as a warmer. Next, students work in pairs or small groups to complete a ‘Fun Facts worksheet’ and plan the questions. Then they get into pairs to check each other’s answers and practise...
  • The subject you choose can literally be anything in the world but to start off think about the following:Chewing the fat!This is the true Dogme ELT approach.  You don’t go in with your idea of the subject of the lesson but you take your lead from...
  • Activity type: Working out a ‘cocktail stick’ puzzle /pair workLevel: A1-B1Age: Adults or senior YLsPreparationTake a box of cocktail sticks into the classroom. Arrange students around a central space with a table.Introduction
  • Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks. Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate ‘thinking time’ during which learners can prepare for speaking by...
  • Preparation The lesson involves a jigsaw activity where two groups of students watch two different video clips and then exchange information. The class can be divided into two groups (“expert groups”) and sent to different rooms or students can...
  • It is inspired by a song and has always worked for me no matter what level the students were at.Activity type: writing/groupsLevel: A2+Age: teenagers or adultsAims: creative collaborative writing (poems), phonetic development (rhymes),...
  • It shows how words within the same family are placed at different levels and is aimed at teachers who can use it to plan courses, syllabi and lessons. The WFF is the product of an ELT reasearch award and was designed by Richard West. What is the...
  • For example, students are familiar with the word party but may not know the verbs have or give that go with it and, as a result, say *make a party. This activity helps students expand their collocational knowledge of the nouns they already know, but...
  • Activity: Find out about the daily activities of another personActivity type: Information gap/exchangeLevel: Up to B1Age: Adults or Senior YLs Preparation Make one copy of the worksheet per pair, and cut into two sheets, A and B. (download the...
  • As a sub aim it also revises various lexical sets depending on the things to be compared. It can be adapted to be used for all ages although it is essential that some previous introduction to comparatives and superlatives has been done. Activity...
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  • You can employ Pic-your-wits to introduce a topic you are working on in class or as support material for it. It will also work well as a standalone activity that energises your class and changes its dynamics. In addition, it can be used by students...
  • MaterialsPaper and pencilsor A selection of ‘scene’ pictures for each member of the class. (The pictures should contain a number of different aspects such as people ‘doing things along with vocabulary related to the scene’) Examples of these can be...
  • PreparationWrite these incomplete phrases on the board:… the top … the bottom … the left  … the right… the middle … the corner … the cornerAsk students to copy the phrases into their notebooks and to complete them by adding the correct prepositions....
  • PreparationBefore the lesson, make sure there is a Wikipedia entry in English for the place you're going to talk about. During the lesson, access to the internet in class is useful, though not essential; you could use print outs at the comparison...
  • One nice idea with adults, for example, is to invite them to take a 'snapshot' of their lives 5, 10 or 20 years ago, depending on their age, which they can then compare with classmates.But you can take the 'spiral' approach with young learners, and...

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