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Poetic introductions / A picture game

One way to introduce vocabulary could be having your students write poems.

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Word grid

I've commonly found that although students are able to remember words and what they mean, they still have problems when they actually try to use the words in a sentence.

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The memory game

This is an adaptation of the popular game we all played as children when we had to pick up matching pictures, but in this activity we use the two parts of collocations.

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Lexical threads

These are two of the lexical threads that I use when dealing with the vast amounts of words that come up within my own classroom teaching.

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Stop the bus

This is a great game to revise vocabulary and you can use it with any age group and any level by changing the category headings.

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The comparison game

In this activity, students compare the properties of different but similar words. It can take up to 90 minutes or be done quite quickly using fewer words and is designed for lower intermediate students,though again this depends on the number and complexity of the words used.

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The revision box

This activity can be used for both levels in teaching English as a second language. I use it mainly for intermediate students and they find it interesting.

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Word association recitation

This is a good way of getting students to memorise words and practise their pronunciation. The activity requires no preparation.

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Shakespeare extracts

This worksheet for learners at an intermediate level and above is based on extracts from four plays by William Shakespeare

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Using flash cards

These activities relate to the Think article - Using flash cards with young learners. In the article there are more activity examples.

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