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  • It comes from Teaching Unplugged by Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury. It's quite simple and when I first came across the activity I was feeling something close to regret I hadn't thought of it myself. It's a very sincere and authentic task,as it...
  • One of my favourite lessons to do, either with new or established students is one that is called ‘Lost’, I don’t suppose that this is particularly original and I fail to recall now where I actually took the idea from in the first place. I have in...
  • This is an activity which works at pretty much any level from Pre-Intermediate upwards. It works with classes you know well, and with classes you’ve only just met. In fact, I often use it if I have to do a last minute cover with no time to prepare...
  • I first used this activity with a class of teenagers in Italy. The mixture of putting the teacher on the spot, silliness and hard work appealed to them. It has since become my number one favourite minimal preparation lesson for almost all ages...
  • Apart from a few favourite warmers, fillers and coolers, if there’s one activity which I’ve used again and again since I started teaching, it’s Map of Spain (or Map of insert the name of the country where you work. With multilingual classes, you...
  • Using a "Three-Two-One" Speaking Activity
  • A simple IdeaFor me, the best classroom activities are usually the most simple, requiring little or no preparation time and few or no materials. They are activities that can be adapted to use effectively with groups of different sizes, levels or...
  • Language reporter is a way to organise almost any speaking activity that can be done in pairs and small groups, regardless of the topic, but with some quality time to spend on feedback, which is the most important part of it. To do this you will...
  • My favourite activity is the See-Think-Wonder thinking routine from the Visible Thinking Programme (Harvard University-Project Zero).Thinking because it promotes students’ critical thinking skills and dispositionsRoutine because of the systematic,...
  • ROLE PLAYING AS MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE ACTIVITY All the world is a stage, and all the people are merely players. We EL teachers play-act at every lesson. Our audience's attention may be captured during the very first seconds of their very first...