27 January, 2009
This is a topic which most children are fascinated with because it simultaneously teaches them about the real world around them and allows...
2 January, 2009
This is a writing and speaking activity using the silent-method to practise the vocabulary of daily routines, present simple and telling...
10 December, 2008
This is vocabulary activity that can be used easily with students of different ages.
29 October, 2008
This is the second in a two part series. Part two focuses on special days and birthdays in particular. You can do this early on in the...
7 August, 2008
St Patrick’s Day is now celebrated throughout the world, not just in Ireland, with the largest parade taking place in New York City.
4 July, 2007
The passport section of portfolios summarizes the owner’s linguistic identity, language-learning experiences and language qualifications in...
11 April, 2007
Children love learning about festivals and the way other people celebrate them. It’s also fascinating for them to compare how they...
3 October, 2006
It is often necessary to recycle new words several times in class before they become part of learners' active vocabulary, and the same is...
11 April, 2004
Circle games are a great way to encourage the whole class to work together. They also provide an often welcome change in working pattern.
2 February, 2003
A small box, such as a shoe box, is a very useful tool in the classroom - it can become a vocabulary box. You also need some small blank...
2 February, 2003
This is a good vocabulary activity to use with younger learners.
2 February, 2003
This is a good way to help kids learn and review their vocabulary. It really helps them with the alphabet and spelling.
9 January, 2003
This is a small collection of five games you can use to promote turn taking and collaboration in the classroom.
9 January, 2003
This is a seasonal information-gap activity to practise listening and speaking with young learners. The activity requires children to...
9 January, 2003
Developing 'metacognitive awareness' (understanding of our own learning processes) is an essential skill for a learner and underlines the...
9 January, 2003
These games involve the learners sitting in a circle and working as a whole class.
9 January, 2003
In this activity, students make their own 'English' telephones and try them out.
13 December, 2002
There are lots of ways to use flashcards. Here are just some of them.
13 December, 2002
Using animated stories is always popular with primary students.
23 June, 2002
This is a low preparation fun activity that works well with large classes, especially with young learners and teens. All your students need...
23 June, 2002
The students must be motivated to speak, or need to speak in order to complete the activity. For the last couple of years, I've specialised...
23 June, 2002
This is a game that practises vocabulary and speaking skills in the context of buying and selling. It is a great revision activity for...
23 June, 2002
This lesson can take anything from half an hour to an hour and a half. Divide your class in half, half are doctors, half are patients.
23 June, 2002
Slap the board is an energetic vocabulary activity - it can be used for revision, presentation and testing - which involves students...
23 June, 2002
A short but fun way to revise comparatives and superlatives is to give students a blank piece of paper and ask them to draw an easy to draw...

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