Good manners

      This activity is all about manners and etiquette. This can be an interesting topic to discuss with your students, especially if there are cultural differences regarding norms of behaviour between the country you're working in and the UK.

      This activity was first published on the British Council's Language Assistant website.

      Average: 3.1 (166 votes)

      Invent a Planet

      In the project students can find out more about all the planets, focus on one individual planet (Saturn) in a fun way, listen and/or read a story about a planet (The Cold Planet) and finally produce a creative and enjoyable piece of art work based on what they have learnt.

      Invent a Planet is an idea for project work for young learners based on the materials available on our site for young learners

      Average: 3.7 (59 votes)


      Sports Mixer is an online game for young learners on the British Council's site for young learners, LearnEnglish Kids. In the game children will practise vocabulary related to sports clothes and equipment.

      You can find the game here:- 

      Average: 3.5 (23 votes)

      Celebr8 by Levi Tafari

      ‘Celebr8' is a poem about inclusion and diversity. It is by the Liverpool based poet Levi Tafari, himself of Jamaican origin.

      This short kit has been produced to support the newly launched British Council project ‘Inclusion and Diversity in Education' (INDIE) which encourages young future leaders from a variety of backgro

      Average: 3.8 (52 votes)

      The Colourful Life of Calum McCall

      Ron Butlin's little tale is a dark little piece, in spite of the title. It's very much a story of loss of dreams and the erosion of natural wonder.

      This kit is part of a new section from BritLit, in response to teachers' enquiries.

      Average: 4 (23 votes)


      Louise Cooper’s stories usually have a twist in the tale, and this is no different. It starts off ordinarily enough with a king, a crying princess and a poor suitor for the princess’s hand. So, what happens to cheer the princess up? Probably not what you think.

      This kit is part of a new section from BritLit, and is in response to teachers’ enquiries.

      Average: 3.9 (47 votes)

      Little Red Riding Hood

      All around the world children love listening to and reading fairy tales in their mother tongue. Whatever the reason, fairy tales provide both children and teachers with a familiar starting point from which to explore stories in a second language.

      This kit contains a variety of resources, from text and tasks to illustrations, flashcards and presentations, for you to download and use in your classroom.

      Average: 4.1 (280 votes)

      Text lingo

      Many of our teenage students now have mobile phones and enjoy sending text messages to each other. This activity introduces them to some English text messages that they could start to use with their friends

      This activity was first published on the British Council's Language Assistant website

      Average: 3.5 (49 votes)

      Proverbs and quotations

      For years I have been writing quotations, proverbs and statements on the top left side of the board.

      I change them every week. When students come in they are eager to read what is there and discuss what they do not understand.

      Average: 3.3 (35 votes)

      A Handful of Poems by Tony Mitton

      The four poems in this collection are all by Tony Mitton, and the materials are the first to be designed by BritLit for the age range 9 – 11 year olds.

      Each collection includes text and audio of the poem as well as learning activities, teachers' notes and visual support.

      Average: 3.9 (55 votes)
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