Deja vu

      This speaking activity gets students to think in English and use their memory, simultaneously. It is a simple way of recycling texts previously studied in class.

      It works well with factual texts in EFL, texts used in CLIL lessons and quizzes related to any subject.

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      Stand up sequences

      This is a good game to practise any standard sequence such as numbers 1 – 30, days of the week, months of the year, the alphabet etc.

      Students sit in a circle. Establish which sequence you are going to do and without coordinating with the others, one student should just start by standing up and beginning the sequence.

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      Conditional chain game

      This game is good to revise and practise structures in the first conditional. 

      The teacher begins with a sentence, for example “If I go out tonight, I’ll go to the cinema.” The next person in the circle must use the end of the previous sentence to begin their own sentence.

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      One word stories

      This is a simple activity where each student adds a word to create a group story.

      Despite the simplicity it can be really challenging and I would only use it with higher levels.

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      Chain drawings

      This is a fun activity using music which can be used with all groups.

      Just select a follow-up activity that is appropriate for the age and level of the class but the basic procedure is the same for everyone.

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      Talking topics

      This simple board game provides an excellent way to give students a bit of free speaking practice.

      You can choose your own topics either based on the topics you've covered in lessons or topics that you think will be of interest to your students.

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      What's my line?

      The classic guessing game! Players take it in turns to ask another player questions in order to discover their job.

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      What's on my head?

      This activity is an adaptation of the original Hedbanz and is good for practising or revising vocabulary in general or it can be related to a specific topic.

      It works well with lower intermediate and higher levels and it can be stretched and used as part of a lesson, as a warmer or filler.

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      Get in line

      This is a kind of class survey where you can practise asking for personal information.

      The great thing about this activity is that nobody needs to write anything so you need absolutely no materials, all you need is enough space for your whole class to stand up in a line (it doesn't h

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      Talking points

      This is a great student-centred speaking activity.

      You need scraps of paper and dice for this activity. You will need 12 bits of paper and two dice for each group of between 3 and 6 students. 

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