26 March, 2014
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...
23 July, 2013
This is a motivating speaking activity for lower levels to develop fluency. Students are given plenty of support and use ‘thinking time’...
10 December, 2012
These activities are all designed to motivate lower level learners to speak in pairs or small groups.
1 October, 2012
“Writing poems? No, this wouldn’t work with my students!” If you feel skeptical about getting your students to try their hand at composing...
19 July, 2012
The Word Family Framework (WFF) places 22,000 words on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
16 March, 2012
This activity is based on the fun and effective game of whispers. It can be used with all ages and levels in a number of ways and for...
21 February, 2012
Pic-your-wits is a vocabulary game that you can find on Facebook and on the LearnEnglish site.
17 February, 2012
This activity can be used in a number of different ways and for a number of different tenses. I have used it to practise using there is /...
15 December, 2011
Christmas is an excellent theme for adding games and fun to your teaching. Most students enjoy festive lessons if your activities encourage...
10 November, 2011
Drama techniques which focus on getting across meaning with body, as well as words, are very useful for the language classroom.
10 November, 2011
This is a great activity for practising question forms in a fun way and gives structured speaking practice to lower levels. 
3 November, 2011
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...
26 October, 2011
This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and giving...
16 August, 2011
The following activities are designed to get everyone talking. They can be used with all levels because the language required to...
15 June, 2011
This is a fun activity using music which can be used with all groups.
15 June, 2011
With the summer holidays approaching it might be nice to base some of your lessons around this seasonal theme. Here is a selection of...
1 June, 2011
Cartoons and comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.
27 April, 2011
Developing spoken fluency with learners at low levels can be very challenging, but here are some tips and activities which may help.
6 April, 2011
‘Realia’ in EFL terms refers to any real objects we use in the classroom to bring the class to life.
30 March, 2011
This is from a song workshop I gave some time ago. Take care with the copyright!

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15 April, 2015
This activity is all about fun facts and helps adults or older teenage students to practise question forms. This activity works well with...
6 October, 2012
This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic’s Mega-structures series.
16 February, 2012
Learners beyond intermediate level require more opportunities to speak at length. It can be a challenge to find interesting topics and we...
2 February, 2012
Have you ever felt you were asking all the questions about students’ opinions? Do you find you are doing more talking in a discussion than...
2 December, 2011
Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.
14 October, 2011
This speaking activity gets students to think in English and use their memory, simultaneously. It is a simple way of recycling texts...
20 September, 2011
In this activity the teacher creates situations for the students to get plenty of practice with the form and meaning of the past perfect.
9 August, 2011
This simple activity gives higher-level students the chance to write and act in their own version of Romeo and Juliet.
3 August, 2011
This activity provides students with upper intermediate vocabulary for parts of the body such as blood, liver, lungs etc. and provides...
12 July, 2011
Response tasks are designed to give students the chance to express themselves creatively and openly, not for comprehension checking.
5 July, 2011
This YouTube activity really gets your students thinking creatively. A short film is played for the students, but they can’t see the scene...
7 June, 2011
This is a story-telling activity which involves the whole class, and may be used with adult or younger learners.
1 June, 2011
This YouTube activity is quite simple and can be used with a variety of YouTube videos especially those from Mr. Bean. This clip is a great...
9 March, 2011
Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.
8 February, 2011
I use this activity mainly to provide writing practice. It also practises question forms and encourages creativity. It is a student-centred...
16 November, 2010
This activity practises ‘have you ever...? to talk about life experiences. It is student led in terms of the content and is satisfying as a...
13 October, 2010
This is an activity in which students try to predict the order of words in a jumbled sentence before listening for the answer.
6 October, 2010
The following activities focus primarily on fluency and are suitable for intermediate level and up. They will give you a chance to get to...
8 September, 2010
Here are some suggestions to help get your students writing poems based around the theme of the future.
14 July, 2010
This is a tip all about teaching your students proverbs and idioms. 

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23 June, 2002
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 your...