Here you can find a wide range of short activities to use in your secondary classroom. All of our activities are designed around themes engaging and relevant to secondary learners and can be used to complement your school curriculum, giving students an opportunity to develop their English language and skills in motivating and enjoyable ways. Written by young learner experts from around the world, our activities are easy to use and aim to give your students the skills and confidence they need to enjoy learning English.

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This is a teacher led auction. It can be played with mixed language points which are causing difficulty or on a specific area.

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This activity gets the students motivated with a competitive revision race.

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This is a valuable warmer activity for any teenage class. It gives the students the chance to get to know you a little more and it gives...

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This activity practises ‘have you ever...? to talk about life experiences. It is student led in terms of the content and is satisfying...

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Many learners need controlled speaking practice. They can gain confidence in speaking through using scripted dialogues.

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Rosh Pillay is a South African teacher. She used action research to help her students organise their argument essays and so improve...

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This is a role-play speaking activity based on Henry VIII for upper-intermediate students and above. This is a topic that reappears in...

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This is an activity in which students try to predict the order of words in a jumbled sentence before listening for the answer.

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No matter what textbook(s) you may use, you will need some special tasks for a lesson which is dedicated to measuring the progress of...

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In this activity the teacher creates situations for the students to get plenty of practice with the form and meaning of the past perfect...

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Have you ever felt you were asking all the questions about students’ opinions? Do you find you are doing more talking in a discussion...

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Have you ever felt you were asking all the questions about students’ opinions? Do you find you are doing more talking in a discussion...

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This activity can be used with students of English and also trainee teachers. It is a way to make your opinion or discursive essay...

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How do improvisations work? Role play involves giving students role cards, instructions and time to prepare. Improvisations are more...

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Three students sit in a line at the front of the class. They are the experts, but they don't know what they are experts about. The rest...

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I start with the seven vowel phonemes that the letters of the alphabet can be divided into. I encourage students to try and guess the...

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I like to use this activity to promote recognition and then practise the past continuous. It utilises a well known lateral thinking...

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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...

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This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with CEFR A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and...

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This is a simple way to improve students' concentration during listening activities.

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Here are some tried and tested ideas I get my students to do when listening to a pop song. Activities need not require hours of...

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This is a fun activity which helps students listen out for key words.

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This is like a role-play activity with no dialogue!

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Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

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I was sorry to hear that many people seem to be having problems with teenagers during their English teaching. I taught English to a...

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This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic’s Mega-structures series.

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This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in asking and answering questions. The...

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These activities are all designed to motivate lower level learners to speak in pairs or small groups.

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Pictures are probably the most often used prompts. Here is an activity that combines physical movement, imagination, self-expression and...

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A pair work activity that I find works particularly well with learners of all ages is a 'mutual dictation'. It is especially appropriate...

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