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.
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...
15 April, 2008
This is a simple reading task on the theme of Easter in the UK. It helps students learn about how this time is celebrated in the UK and...
25 March, 2008
This activity can be used for all levels and could be extended to a mini-project for younger students.

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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...
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
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
How do improvisations work? Role play involves giving students role cards, instructions and time to prepare. Improvisations are more...

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