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...
2 February, 2003
Here are some tips you can give your students to help them with their vocabulary acquisition and self study.
2 February, 2003
I've commonly found that although students are able to remember words and what they mean, they still have problems when they actually try...
2 February, 2003
This is a good way of getting students to memorise words and practise their pronunciation. The activity requires no preparation.

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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 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
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 great way to start a lesson with a free-speaking activity. I call it ‘ARM exercises’ which is simply short for Accept, Reject or...
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...
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.
1 January, 1970
The present perfect is a tense that many students have problems with. Most course books provide only controlled grammar sentences where...

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