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Scrabble letters

Here are some useful learning activities based around scrabble letters.

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Lucky

'Lucky' is a kit based on the short story by Jane Rogers, and is the first in a series of BritLit projects in collaboration with Comma Press. Unlike previous kits, 'Lucky' uses the spoken rather than the written word as its primary source, and the story is read by the author on an mp3 audio file.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

This BritLit Primary Kit has been designed for use with any version of the tale. The kit integrates a range of mixed-ability cross-curricular materials within the context of the tale in order to actively engage children and develop their cognitive, linguistic and social skills.

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Quick revision games

Divide the class in two teams. Give each team a set of slips with five (or three or two, depending on their level) things they have to name.

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Emergency landing

'Emergency Landing' is a very short story by Louise Cooper, from her collection of very short stories called 'Short and Scary'. This kit is the third in the series for young teens. Engine problems during a flight cause the crew to look for somewhere safe to land and for passengers to wonder about what might happen when they make an emergency landing. But nothing is quite as it seems.

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A House in the Country

A House in the Country concerns a returnee, Ray, who has made enough money in London to rebuild a house in Colombo. He is helped by Siri, a young man from the country, and together they talk about building another house, in the country. This is set against the backdrop of Sri Lanka's ongoing civil war. When tragedy comes a bit too close to home, everything changes.

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OpenCities Budget

In this speaking activity students have to look at how to encourage migration to an imaginary city. They look at a number of projects to help support this and have to agree how to allocate a budget. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project www.opencities.eu

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Vocabulary self-study activities

Here are some tips you can give your students to help them with their vocabulary acquisition and self study.

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'The Washing Line' - teaching clothes vocabulary

This is a good vocabulary activity to use with younger learners.

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Hot seat

This is a good activity for getting your students going in the morning. It is also excellent for revising vocabulary.

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