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Using small cut-up pictures to practise vocabulary on the OHP

This activity can be used with any level depending on the vocabulary being practised, and aims to recycle or revise vocabulary in one chosen vocabulary field or can also be used to elicit or pre-check vocabulary before leading into a main activity.

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Down by the Cool of the Pool

“Down by the Cool of the Pool” is a rhyming text written by Tony Mitton. Join Frog and his farmyard friends as they dance around the pool. Flip and flop, splish and splash, stomp and stamp! This little story has lots of noises for children to have fun with. It’s guaranteed to make them all laugh!

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A business letter

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

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Collocation pelmanism

This activity follows on from the Think article Lexical exploitation of texts. It is often necessary to recycle new words several times in class before they become part of learners' active vocabulary, and the same is true of collocations.

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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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Exploring metaphors in the classroom

When our students listen to pop songs in English, browse web sites in English or watch movies in English they frequently meet language rich in its use of metaphors.

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