Choosing a house

      I use this activity with higher-Elementary level students, primarily to practise vocabulary and collocations related to house and home, but also as an early confidence builder for speaking skills.

      It pays to use your judgement, be sure that you think your class is up to the task, it would be a shame for students to leave the classroom thinking that they can’t.

      Average: 3.6 (86 votes)

      Vocabulary in everyday life

      To try and make learning words a reaL "LIFE" situation, I ask pupils to keep a list of all the words they encountered in the previous week.

      They bring them to the lessons and they are discussed with the whole class. Thus everyone gets to augment their list.

      Peak

      Average: 3.1 (422 votes)

      British and American English

      This activity is designed to be used when teaching or practising the difference between British and American English vocabulary.

      The two passages are the same but the vocabulary is different depending on where the speaker is from. This activity could be exploited in a number of ways.

      Average: 3.3 (118 votes)

      Revision chocolate bars

      This is a version of the popular game Battleships. In this version, instead of blowing up battleships, teams have to find hidden 'chocolate bars'. I usually do this on the whiteboard.

      Preparation

      Average: 3.7 (63 votes)

      Vocabulary recycling and revision of phonemic symbols

      If you have an electronic Interactive Whiteboard, or a computer with a data projector, the phonemic chart can be used in class to recycle and reinforce recently learned vocabulary, at the same time as revising the phonemic symbols.

      All these activities assume that learners have had at least some initial introduction to the phonemic alphabet.

      Average: 4 (32 votes)

      Cheat & Swindle Holidays

      If you've got a confident class with a passion for debate this activity could be the ideal way to allow learners to let off a bit of steam, while allowing the teacher to retain relative control over the language used.

      It is an interaction between holidaymakers demanding a refund, and travel agents determined not to give it.

      Average: 3.2 (107 votes)

      Clothes

      On the Learn English Kids website you can find a wealth of resources and activities to help children develop their English skills. Here are tips for using and exploiting materials about the topic of clothes, including vocabulary work, skills work to practise reading and listening, and suggestions for further development and creative work.

      The materials are typically based around topics.

      Average: 3.6 (176 votes)

      Reading for information: Motivating learners to read efficiently

      This is the first in a series of four-articles which propose a four stage methodology for teaching reading.


      What is efficient reading?

      Average: 4 (94 votes)

      Vocabulary bag

      To revise new vocabulary I keep a vocabulary bag in the classroom for the term. When we study new vocabulary in a lesson I write the words on strips of card (one word on each) and put the cards in the vocabulary bag.

      I use the vocabulary bag to play different games to revise the words in the bag.

      Average: 3.6 (185 votes)

      Design a mobile phone

      This activity can be used for all levels and could be extended to a mini-project for younger students.

      Students should work together to design the next generation mobile phone. They should be encouraged to be as imaginative as they can. 

      Average: 3.6 (47 votes)
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