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In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.

Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

Doing surveys can be a useful way of getting your students to interact, produce question forms and collect and analyse real information...

This is an idea I learned when I first started teaching and still use to this day. The main focus of the activity is on developing...

The present perfect is a tense that many students have problems with. Most course books provide only controlled grammar sentences where...

Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role...

This activity gives learners at an intermediate level and above the opportunity to use interactional language in a role-play situation...

In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.

This is an idea I got from a workshop that I went to many years ago. I have used it many times since and found it to be a really useful...

Students are often asked to listen to tapes or to their teacher talking, but it can be just as useful to encourage them to listen to...

Comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.

At the start of the school year I ask my students to 'Adopt a word' and share it with the class.

This is a whole-class speaking activity, needing no preparation, that gets the students practising question forms in a way that is...

This role-play can be used with learners when covering the topic of aliens, for the practice and revision of narrative tenses or as a...

This activity is designed to be used as a warmer for Intermediate level learners. It could be used to generate interest in amazing facts...

This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France...

This activity trains young learners to plan a very simple story by looking at the brainstorming process prior to writing, then allowing...

This is a great way to start a lesson with a free-speaking activity. I call it ‘ARM exercises’ which is simply short for Accept, Reject...

This activity attempts to challenge some of the preconceptions that people often have about immigrants by looking at a group of artists...

This is a story-telling activity which involves the whole class, and may be used with adult or younger learners.

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In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.
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Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.
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Doing surveys can be a useful way of getting your students to interact, produce question forms and collect and analyse real information.
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This is an idea I learned when I first started teaching and still use to this day. The main focus of the activity is on developing writing...
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The present perfect is a tense that many students have problems with. Most course books provide only controlled grammar sentences where...
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Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role...
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This activity gives learners at an intermediate level and above the opportunity to use interactional language in a role-play situation.
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In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.
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This is an idea I got from a workshop that I went to many years ago. I have used it many times since and found it to be a really useful way...
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Students are often asked to listen to tapes or to their teacher talking, but it can be just as useful to encourage them to listen to each...
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Comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.
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At the start of the school year I ask my students to 'Adopt a word' and share it with the class.
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This is a whole-class speaking activity, needing no preparation, that gets the students practising question forms in a way that is useful...
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This role-play can be used with learners when covering the topic of aliens, for the practice and revision of narrative tenses or as a lead...
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This activity is designed to be used as a warmer for Intermediate level learners. It could be used to generate interest in amazing facts as...
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This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France,...
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This activity trains young learners to plan a very simple story by looking at the brainstorming process prior to writing, then allowing...
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This is a great way to start a lesson with a free-speaking activity. I call it ‘ARM exercises’ which is simply short for Accept, Reject or...
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This activity attempts to challenge some of the preconceptions that people often have about immigrants by looking at a group of artists...
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This is a story-telling activity which involves the whole class, and may be used with adult or younger learners.

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  • 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...
  • Generating the languageHowever, remember that 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...
  • In this activity, students work together to solve a 'cocktail stick' puzzle. Students are given plenty of support and use 'thinking time' before the speaking task. The lesson is usually successful with adults and teenagers because of the puzzle ...
  • 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...
  • PreparationThe 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 watch...
  • It is inspired by a song and has always worked for me no matter what level the students were at.Activity type: writing and group workLevel: CEFR 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 research award and was designed by Richard West.What is the Word...
  • 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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  • I have used this activity to practise there is/are and the present continuous. However it's up to the teacher or students to decide.MaterialsPaper and pencils, orA selection of 'scene' pictures for each member of the class. The pictures should...
  • PreparationTell students they are going to review some phrases for saying where things are in a picture. Write these incomplete phrases on the board:… the top / … the bottom / … the left /  … the right / … the middle / … the cornerAsk students to...
  • 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...
  • ProcedureIntroductionTo get the activity off to a good start it’s good to use your best acting skills.
  • Remember to set up and demonstrate these activities carefully before letting the class go ahead.Jigsaw puzzle challenge
  • Procedure Introduce the topic Start by asking the following questions in open class: When do you think the very first heart transplant took place? (The world's first human heart transplant was performed by Christiaan Barnard on December 3, 1967 in...
  • There are no right or wrong answers so there should be no pressure on students. Students can respond as they wish, whether in English or in their mother tongue.PreparationGet ready to tell your students a short and suitable folk tale which you know...
  • PreparationPractise telling this short and simple rhythmical action tale until you know it confidently without looking at the text:Once a poor man dug the ground And what he found was nothingAgain the poor man dug the ground And what he found was a...

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