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01 Jun 2015

The interactive version of the British Council phonemic chart is currently being updated on this website. 

15 Apr 2015

This activity is all about fun facts and helps older teenage or adult learners to practise question forms.

26 Mar 2014

If you'd like to have a first go at 'teaching unplugged' your aim is simply to get students to produce language and then to use the...

23 Jul 2013

This is a motivating speaking activity for lower levels to develop fluency. 

10 Dec 2012

These activities are all designed to motivate lower level learners to speak in pairs or small groups.

06 Oct 2012

This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic's Megastructures series.

01 Oct 2012

'Writing poems? No, this wouldn't work with my students!' If you feel skeptical about getting your students to try their hand at...

13 Sep 2012

This activity provides short listening practice based around a monologue about getting addicted to going to the gym.

13 Sep 2012

This activity provides short listening practice based around a monologue regarding use of technology.

13 Sep 2012

This activity provides short listening practice based around a monologue regarding a relationship break-up.

13 Sep 2012

This activity provides short listening practice based around a monologue about the benefits of a TV recorder.

19 Jul 2012

The Word Family Framework (WFF) places 22,000 words on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

04 Jun 2012

Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly. This is often because they don’t know what words...

01 May 2012

This is a simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the present simple question form – What...

20 Mar 2012

Use this activity to practice the use of comparatives and superlatives and to introduce more complex ways of comparison.

16 Mar 2012

This activity is based on the fun and effective game of 'whispers'. It can be used with all ages and levels in a number of ways and for...

17 Feb 2012

This activity can be used in a number of different ways and for a number of different tenses. 

26 Oct 2011

This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with CEFR A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and...

19 Oct 2011

This is an activity 'about' the internet, but it doesn't start online. In fact it has to start offline: the idea is that students try...

19 Oct 2011

If you teach young learners who are all the same age and live in the same town, opportunities for sharing and comparing life experiences...

20 Sep 2011

In this activity the teacher creates situations for the students to get plenty of practice with the form and meaning of the past perfect...

16 Aug 2011

The following activities are designed to get everyone talking. They can be used with all levels because the language required to...

09 Aug 2011

This simple activity gives higher-level learners the chance to write and act in their own version of Romeo and Juliet.

03 Aug 2011

This activity provides higher level vocabulary for parts of the body and an opportunity for discussion on transplants.

12 Jul 2011

Response tasks are designed to give students the chance to express themselves creatively and openly, not for comprehension checking.

05 Jul 2011

This is one of the quickest ways I know of teaching a tale and boosting students’ confidence in themselves as storytellers.

05 Jul 2011

In this activity, learners listen to a short film on YouTube and make deductions before watching it.

21 Jun 2011

Alan Turing proposed a test inspired by a party game known as the 'Imitation Game', in which a man and a woman go into separate rooms,...

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  • About the chart Pure vowels are arranged the same way as in the IPA chart: according to mouth shape (left to right, lips wide / round - top to bottom, jaw closed / open). Diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound. Try some...
  • This activity works well with mixed ability classes because students who might be less confident with their English have an opportunity of doing well because of their general knowledge. First the students try to complete some trivia sentences as a...
  • Generating the language However, remember that the most important part of 'teaching unplugged' for the teacher is not how you generate the emergent language (that is the language that the students produce as they are talking) but what you do with...
  • In this activity, students work together to solve a 'cocktail stick' puzzle. Students are given plenty of support and use 'thinking time' before the speaking task. The lesson is usually successful with adults and teenagers because of the puzzle ...
  • Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks. Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate 'thinking time' during which learners can prepare for speaking by...
  • Preparation The lesson involves a jigsaw activity where two groups of students watch two different video clips and then exchange information. The class can be divided into two groups ('expert groups') and sent to different rooms or students can...
  • It is inspired by a song and has always worked for me no matter what level the students were at. Activity type: writing and group work Level: CEFR A2+ Age: teenagers or adults Aims: creative collaborative writing (poems), phonetic development (...
  • Welcome to the 'Situations' section of our audio bank. In this recording, you hear a man and a woman talking at the end of a business meeting. During their conversation the man asks the woman out on a date. Listen to find out what she says! Click...
  • About this recording In this recording, you hear a woman talking about how she joined a gym and was worried at first that she might be wasting her money. She talks about how much she loves it now and wonders whether she's become addicted to going...
  • About the audio In this recording, you hear a man talking about how technology dominates his life during the working week. He talks about how he likes to switch off his mobile phone and computer at the weekend and enjoy the peace and quiet of where...
  • About this recording In this recording, you a hear a woman, Jenny, leaving a message on her friend's answering machine, telling her that her boyfriend has just told her he wants to split up with her.   Guidance and tips Below are some general...
  • About the audio In this recording, you hear a man raving about how fantastic his new TV recorder is. He talks about how easy it was to set up and use as well as what it can do. Guidance and tips Below are some general guidelines and ideas for...
  • In this situation, you will hear a dialogue between a passenger and a check-in assistant at the airport. Download suggestions on how to use this and other recordings in the audio bank activities below.
  • It shows how words within the same family are placed at different levels and is aimed at teachers who can use it to plan courses, syllabi and lessons. The WFF is the product of an ELT research award and was designed by Richard West.   What is the...
  • For example, students are familiar with the word party but may not know the verbs have or give that go with it and, as a result, say *make a party. This activity helps students expand their collocational knowledge of the nouns they already know, but...
  • Activity: Find out about the daily activities of another personActivity type: Information gap/exchangeLevel: Up to B1Age: Adults or Senior YLs Preparation Make one copy of the worksheet per pair, and cut into two sheets, A and B. (download the...
  • As a sub aim it also revises various lexical sets depending on the things to be compared. It can be adapted to be used for all ages although it is essential that some previous introduction to comparatives and superlatives has been done. Activity...
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  • I have used this activity to practise there is/are and the present continuous. However it's up to the teacher or students to decide. Materials Paper and pencils, or A selection of 'scene' pictures for each member of the class. The pictures should...
  • Preparation Tell students they are going to review some phrases for saying where things are in a picture. Write these incomplete phrases on the board: … the top / … the bottom / … the left /  … the right / … the middle / … the corner Ask students...
  • PreparationBefore the lesson, make sure there is a Wikipedia entry in English for the place you're going to talk about. During the lesson, access to the internet in class is useful, though not essential; you could use print outs at the comparison...
  • One nice idea with adults, for example, is to invite them to take a 'snapshot' of their lives 5, 10 or 20 years ago, depending on their age, which they can then compare with classmates. But you can take the 'spiral' approach with young learners,...
  • ProcedureIntroductionTo get the activity off to a good start it’s good to use your best acting skills.
  • Remember to set up and demonstrate these activities carefully before letting the class go ahead.Jigsaw puzzle challenge
  • Procedure Introduce the topic Start by asking the following questions in open class: When do you think the very first heart transplant took place? (The world's first human heart transplant was performed by Christiaan Barnard on 3 December 1967...
  • There are no right or wrong answers so there should be no pressure on students. Students can respond as they wish, whether in English or in their mother tongue. Preparation Get ready to tell your students a short and suitable folk tale which you...
  • PreparationPractise telling this short and simple rhythmical action tale until you know it confidently without looking at the text:Once a poor man dug the ground And what he found was nothingAgain the poor man dug the ground And what he found was a...
  • This YouTube activity really gets your students thinking creatively. Students are motivated and have lots of fun. The activity can be used to review present simple tenses, vocabulary for sounds, language of deduction and making comparisons....
  • This activity involves students writing a series of questions for online 'robots'. Preparation Make sure the two websites listed below are working OK before you go into the lesson. Also do some research on Alan Turing if you plan to get students...
  • The technique can be used to review present tenses and vocabulary for daily routines and adapted for other cartoons or films. Preparation Print and copy the worksheet (one per student) Open the YouTube video Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong...

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