26 October, 2010
I like to use this activity to promote the use of the comparative form. It is a fun guessing game that encourages creativity.
29 September, 2010
This is a teacher led auction. It can be played with mixed language points which are causing difficulty or on a specific area.
22 September, 2010
The activities that you use in your first lessons are very important and are likely to set the tone for the rest of your classes.
25 August, 2010
The main focus of this activity is on developing writing skills, but it's also good for developing listening speaking and reading skills...
7 July, 2010
This is a pair-work reading, (speaking) and grammar-based activity for elementary students. It mainly practises question formation, reading...
17 June, 2010
Have you tried these practical activities to help students with vocabulary learning? There's something for all ages and levels.
17 June, 2010
Many learners need controlled speaking practice. They can gain confidence in speaking through using scripted dialogues.
9 June, 2010
This activity is designed to be used as a vocabulary review or test of existing knowledge of the learners' vocabulary. It generates lots of...
2 June, 2010
This is a dictation activity which pushes students to make sense of the language they hear by writing it down as accurately as possible.
10 February, 2010
This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in asking and answering questions. The lesson...
14 January, 2010
Did you know that you have to see a new word at least five times before you can usually use it and include it in your ‘active’ vocabulary?
13 January, 2010
I use this activity as practice for using narrative tenses, particularly past simple and progressive/continuous with pre-intermediate...
6 January, 2010
This is like a role-play activity with no dialogue!
4 January, 2010
This is a speaking and listening communication activity which is aimed at pre-intermediate students and above. It was developed to help...
2 December, 2009
This is a simple activity to set up and gives Elementary level students plenty of opportunity to speak and practise using the past simple.
2 December, 2009
This is a fun activity to create a group story. Each student needs a blank sheet of paper and a pen. If possible, sit in a circle shape to...
8 July, 2009
Learners have a lot of questions about how they should learn a language, and often form their own answers, which we need to discuss.
17 June, 2009
Using plays or drama in the language classroom can be both enormously rewarding and enjoyable for teachers as well as students.
3 June, 2009
As you come to the end of your course, you may be thinking about what to do in the last few classes with each group.
29 April, 2009
This activity is about the uses of water. It looks at how some of us do things with water every day, while some people in some parts of the...
18 March, 2009
These are designed to get everyone talking. They can be used with all levels because the language required to communicate is determined by...
1 March, 2009
This latest activity exploiting sitcoms is suitable for pre-intermediate students and above. In this activity students watch a clip from...
20 February, 2009
This a controlled writing activity which focuses on using the past continuous verb form to talk about events in the past. Learners write...
19 November, 2008
This lesson, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from presentation and controlled practice of the future ‘will'.
12 November, 2008
This is a speaking activity based on the theme of being stranded on a desert island. It is suitable for pre-intermediate students upwards.

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17 March, 2010
Both adults and children need practice at talking to be able to develop their speaking skills, but that things that stimulate them to talk...
27 January, 2010
This is a small group, free discussion activity aimed at pre-intermediate students and above, in which students are asked to decide which...
22 January, 2010
This is a listening and speaking activity for students based on the theme of migration. It should be suitable for adult or young adult...
28 October, 2009
This idea comes from a short story by Raymond Carver called 'Put yourself in my shoes'.
9 September, 2009
Getting teenagers to use English in class and practise their speaking can be a challenging task, but there are some tips and hints which...
20 May, 2009
This is a group-work speaking activity for students who are upper-intermediate or above. It takes about an hour.
21 January, 2009
The aims of this activity are for students to revise and practise open question forms.
26 November, 2008
This is a role-play speaking activity based on Henry VIII for upper-intermediate students and above. This is a topic that reappears in...
7 November, 2008
This is an activity for intermediate level and above that encourages the students to use their creativity and imagination as well as the...
29 October, 2008
This is a whole-class speaking activity, needing no preparation, that gets the students practising question forms in a way that is useful...
27 September, 2008
I use this activity primarily as a way to consolidate the form of the third conditional, invariably at the end of the first lesson in which...
29 April, 2008
This activity gets the students motivated with a competitive revision race.
15 April, 2008
This is a reading task on the theme of Easter in the UK. It helps students learn about how this time is celebrated in the UK and reflect on...
22 January, 2008
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...
16 January, 2008
Pictures are probably the most often used prompts. Here is an activity that combines physical movement, imagination, self-expression and...
28 November, 2007
This is a staged discussion activity which focuses on students' personal opinions of style and fashion.
30 October, 2007
Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.
14 June, 2006
In this activity, students compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in different countries. It takes 90 minutes and it is...
2 February, 2003
In this activity, students compare the properties of different but similar words. It can take up to 90 minutes or be done quite quickly...
9 January, 2003
This worksheet for learners at an intermediate level and above is based on extracts from four plays by William Shakespeare.
13 December, 2002
Documentary programmes. This is the age when children are very interested in finding out about topics such as space, ancient history and...
13 December, 2002
TV adverts - jigsaw viewing. This is based on the idea that student partners are only given half the complete information i.e. one learner...
22 November, 2002
Simple search tasks are incredibly easy to set students using the web as a language-learning tool. They don't have to be particularly...
23 June, 2002
In the event you have students who are stressed out or just plain bored by the dull approach to teaching grammar, there's a game you can...
23 June, 2002
Students are often asked to listen to tapes or to their teacher talking, but it can be just as useful to encourage them to listen to each...

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