22 October, 2008
In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.
3 October, 2008
This activity practises discrete vowel sounds. It practises both speaking and listening skills. It works well in pairs or in groups and...
a house
24 August, 2008
I use this activity with higher-Elementary level students, primarily to practise vocabulary and collocations related to house and home, but...
8 May, 2008
The chart can also be used to highlight both patterns and variations in sound and spelling correspondence.
5 September, 2007
This activity gives students maximum speaking time and helps develop fluency. The slightly ‘unusual’ classroom set-up seems to encourage...
27 June, 2007
This activity can be used with intermediate and upper-intermediate students and practises fluency as well as story-writing skills. It...
17 May, 2006
Divide the class in two teams. Give each team a set of slips with five (or three or two, depending on their level) things they have to name.
2 February, 2003
This is a good activity for getting your students going in the morning. It is also excellent for revising vocabulary.
13 December, 2002
It's possible to adapt many classroom activities to make them suitable for a Learning Circle. Here are a few ideas.
23 June, 2002
Despite the fact that most communication is face-to-face, most listening material does not train students to cope with this.
23 June, 2002
This is an activity to help students differentiate and produce the short / I / sound as in 'milk' and the longer / i: / sound as in 'beef...
23 June, 2002
These activities are good for training the students to hear everything and to identify individual words.
23 June, 2002
This game is a natural follow on from the Homophone dictation and can be used to help the students practise and remember homophones.
23 June, 2002
I've always found it really useful to have simple pictures on hand. Just some simple pictures of food can be used in a multitude of ways,...
23 June, 2002
Homophones can be one of the reasons students spell or hear something incorrectly. By raising learners' awareness of these types of words...
23 June, 2002
This activity looks at ways of making comparative forms by asking learners to compare things that are usually thought of as opposites.
girl in room
23 June, 2002
This activity can be used at any level from elementary up. The aim of the activity is to get students talking about people's lives and...
23 June, 2002
This is an activity to be carried out before introducing phonemic symbols.
23 June, 2002
Learning and remembering the phonemic symbols can be quite a challenge. Here are some ideas and activities which can help even lower levels...
23 June, 2002
This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It revises time references and past simple.

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7 January, 2009
This is a group-work speaking activity for intermediate level and above, where students are asked to make choices about the future economic...
19 September, 2008
Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role...
19 June, 2008
This activity is designed to be used as a warmer for Intermediate level learners. It could be used to generate interest in amazing facts as...
British and American English - activities
21 May, 2008
This activity is designed to be used when teaching or practising the difference between British and American English vocabulary.
24 April, 2008
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...
15 August, 2007
This speaking activity is for a 1-1 class with a learner at an intermediate level and who works, as many of the questions ask for...
27 June, 2007
In this activity students find out about another country and put together an article. It can be used with students at intermediate level...
1 November, 2006
In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.
21 September, 2006
This is a speaking exercise for intermediate learners which provides them with an opportunity to review and practise the 'should have'...
29 June, 2006
Why not play a game of consequences with a difference, where students must take on the role of another person?
10 June, 2006
This is a game to practise the vowel and diphthong sounds of the English sound system and the various ways in which these sounds are spelt.
2 February, 2003
A persistent problem area for students is phrasal verbs. This story activity presents the verbs in a context helping the students to work...
2 February, 2003
This activity can be used for all levels in teaching English as a second language. I use it mainly for intermediate students and they find...
9 January, 2003
This is an activity for students to practise reporting speech. It provides a situation for reporting what others have said that can be more...
9 January, 2003
Learners have a lot of ideas about how they should learn a language and it is important to encourage them to discuss these and to...
9 January, 2003
This series of activities enables students to practise what are traditionally called 'language skills' (reading, writing, etc.) in the...
9 January, 2003
This is an idea I got from a workshop that I went to many years ago. I have used it many times since and found it to be a really useful way...
22 November, 2002
This is an approach to reading that involves the students in speaking and summarising skills. It is very useful when working with short...
22 November, 2002
Here are two text quickies that I like to use with my learners to prepare them for reading or to follow up on a text they have read.
22 November, 2002
This is an integrated reading and speaking activity for intermediate (or higher) level students. They make decisions in pairs or groups...

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