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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To check how rich my students' vocabulary is, I have them play the snake-word game.

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Board games like Snakes and ladders have been around the EFL block for a while because they add the element of fun to the English...

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I like using songs in the classroom as I know the students enjoy it a lot! This activity is really good and involves group work and the...

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I am an English teacher in Brazil and I really enjoyed finding this site because it has helped me by giving me tools to use while...

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This is a group activity where students imagine they are going to be part of the committee that will decide how money is spent in their...

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This is a series of engaging role-plays based on the concept of the gap year / a round the world trip. The activities motivate the...

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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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This is a dictation activity which pushes students to make sense of the language they hear by writing it down as accurately as possible...

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This oral story-creating and relating activity works best with intermediate level and above learners. (I don't recall the origins of...

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The aim of this activity is to get students to orally create a short story in small groups or pairs. It is a low preparation but high...

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This is a speaking and listening communication activity which is aimed at pre-intermediate students and above. It was developed to help...

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Storytelling activities are a great way to allow students to express themselves freely and creatively in an authentic and real way.

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This is a low-preparation but high-output activity which I have used successfully with teens and adults. The aim of the activity is to...

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Response tasks are designed to give students the chance to express themselves creatively and openly, not for comprehension checking.

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This is a group-work speaking activity for students who are upper-intermediate or above. It takes about an hour.

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These are activities that encourage students to talk about their plans for the summer.

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I like to use this activity to promote the use of the superlative form. It utilises a well-known game that students find stimulating and...

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This activity practises the superlatives in questions, and generates a great deal of student speaking. It is a highly personalised...

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This is a great student-centred speaking activity.

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If you’d like to have a first go at 'Teaching Unplugged' your aim is simply to get students to produce language and then to use the...

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Most of our teenage students now have mobile phones and enjoy sending text messages to each other. This activity introduces them to some...

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In this activity, students compare the properties of different but similar words. It can take up to 90 minutes or be done quite quickly...

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This is a writing and speaking activity that is a lot of fun for students. It helps them to practise food and cooking-related vocabulary...

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This is an activity that I've used with students of all levels to practise their ability to describe people and events and to produce...

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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...

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The aims of this activity are for students to revise and practise open question forms.

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This idea comes from a short story by Raymond Carver called 'Put yourself in my shoes'.

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This is a longer activity that needs some preparation. It's great for practising question forms in a fun way and gives structured...

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This is a great activity for practising question forms in a fun way and gives structured speaking practice to lower levels. 

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This is an ice-breaker / warmer for the first time a class meets. It is suitable for all ages and levels. It should take 15 - 25 minutes...

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