15 October, 2008
I first did this activity to supplement a unit in one of the better known Pre-Intermediate coursebooks which had a focus on school, and...
11 September, 2008
This activity really makes writing in class fun. I have used this activity for years and it has always been a hit. It's good practice for...
9 May, 2008
This is a version of the popular game Battleships. In this version, instead of blowing up battleships, teams have to find hidden 'chocolate...
8 May, 2008
Help your own and your students' pronunciation with our pronunciation downloads. There are 44 A4 size classroom posters of phonemic symbols...
8 May, 2008
If learners have access to a computer outside class, they can use the chart together with a dictionary to check the pronunciation of new...
8 May, 2008
If you have an electronic Interactive Whiteboard, or a computer with a data projector, the phonemic chart can be used in class to recycle...
8 May, 2008
Certain pairs of consonants can be problematic for some learners. In some cases, the main difference between the pair is whether the...
25 March, 2008
This activity can be used for all levels and could be extended to a mini-project for younger students.
25 March, 2008
This activity is all about manners and etiquette. This can be an interesting topic to discuss with your students, especially if there are...
20 March, 2008
Here’s a second group of tasks to get your students in the mood for summer. Some of these tasks are more suited to intermediate learners...
20 March, 2008
Video is a great resource to use in class and there are an endless number of ways to exploit it to create motivating, memorable classes...
22 January, 2008
This is a longer activity that needs some preparation. It's great for practising question forms in a fun way and gives structured speaking...
11 December, 2007
Most of our teenage students now have mobile phones and enjoy sending text messages to each other. This activity introduces them to some...
14 November, 2007
This is a common tool to optimise learning opportunities from mistakes learners make in written homework and to encourage the editing...
10 April, 2007
Doing surveys can be a useful way of getting your students to interact, produce question forms and collect and analyse real information.
19 October, 2006
A pair work activity that I find works particularly well with learners of all ages is a 'mutual dictation'. It is especially appropriate...
25 August, 2006
This is a pronunciation game I made up called 'What's the pronunciation?'
2 August, 2006
These are two simple listening activities which test students' understanding of two dialogues.
20 July, 2006
Here are some useful learning activities based around scrabble letters.
13 July, 2006
I have found this game to be very popular with teenagers although it can be used with both younger learners and adult groups as well. I...
25 May, 2006
This is an activity to help students consider the differences in pronunciation of regular past verbs. It allows students to find the...
1 January, 2005
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...
2 February, 2003
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 teaching.
2 February, 2003
I am a great believer in teaching phonetic script with new words, alongside their spelling, stress patterns and L1 equivalents.
2 February, 2003
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 use...

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23 June, 2002
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...
23 June, 2002
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 as...
23 June, 2002
This activity practises the superlatives in questions, and generates a great deal of student speaking. It is a highly personalised activity...
23 June, 2002
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...
23 June, 2002
This oral story-creating and relating activity works best with intermediate level and above learners. (I don't recall the origins of this...
23 June, 2002
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 of...
23 June, 2002
Here are some tips and three discussion ideas, all aimed at getting teenagers to speak.
23 June, 2002
This speaking activity is very effective for practising the telling of stories and for learning fascinating things about the students in...
23 June, 2002
I have an activity which I use with my intermediate / advanced students. It's called 'discussion bingo' and I use it to get students using...
23 June, 2002
How do improvisations work? Role play involves giving students role cards, instructions and time to prepare. Improvisations are more...
23 June, 2002
This is a speaking exercise for modal verbs used to express possibility, for intermediate / upper-intermediate classes.
23 June, 2002
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 get...
23 June, 2002
Pick any children's nursery rhyme, dictate it to the class (comprehension) and ask them to read it back (reading, pronunciation, spelling).
23 June, 2002
This activity gives learners at an intermediate level and above the opportunity to use interactional language in a role-play situation.
23 June, 2002
This is a simple game for spoken practice of the third conditional.
23 June, 2002
This is a speaking exercise for the future perfect and future continuous forms for intermediate and upper-intermediate students.The forms...
23 June, 2002
Speaking and listening activityLevel: Intermediate or advanced
23 June, 2002
Discussion wheels are a good way of giving students time to think and formulate opinions before they do discussion work.
23 June, 2002
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 students...
23 June, 2002
This is a great way to start a lesson with a free-speaking activity. I call it ‘ARM exercises’ which is simply short for Accept, Reject or...
1 January, 1970
This activity can be used with students of English and also trainee teachers. It is a way to make your opinion or discursive essay writing...
1 January, 1970
This activity would follow input work on writing in a particular style - for example, an informal letter inviting a friend to visit your...
1 January, 1970
Rosh Pillay is a South African teacher. She used action research to help her students organise their argument essays and so improve their...
1 January, 1970
Students often get muddled when writing a narrative because they concentrate too much on the plot of the story. As a result tenses and...
1 January, 1970
This is a creative-writing exercise in which the teacher moulds the story but allows plenty of scope for the students' creative expression.

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