24 March, 2011
The reasons for using poetry are similar to those for using songs and many activities that you do with songs can be adapted to poetry.
24 March, 2011
This is a great student-centred speaking activity.
3 March, 2011
At the start of a CLIL art and design course pupils will need to know the English words for the equipment they will be using in class. This...
16 February, 2011
Quizzes and trivia games can make a nice change from more typical EFL style activities and it may give students who aren’t the best at...
19 January, 2011
I like to use this activity to promote the use of the superlative form. It utilises a well-known game that students find stimulating and...
23 November, 2010
I like to use this activity to promote recognition and then practise the past continuous. It utilises a well known lateral thinking puzzle.
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...

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12 May, 2010
This is a brilliant vocabulary game for intermediate level students. The original idea came from a German TV show.
29 April, 2010
This is a discussion activity that you can use to find out about your students’ opinions of language learning and how important they think...
28 April, 2010
The aim of this activity is to get students to orally create a short story in small groups or pairs. It is a low preparation but high...
8 April, 2010
In this activity students listen to information about two people who emigrated to Dublin. They then have to create profiles of other...
24 March, 2010
This activity is great for practising intonation.
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.
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.

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