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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,...

15 Jun 2011

In this YouTube-based activity, students watch a scene from an animated film and observe the actions performed by characters. The...

07 Jun 2011

This is a story-telling activity which involves the whole class, and may be used with adult or younger learners.

01 Jun 2011

This video prediction activity is quite simple and can be used with a variety of YouTube videos. 

11 May 2011

This activity is great for last lessons of a course, but could be used in other contexts too. It is influenced by an idea from Headway...

30 Mar 2011

This is from a song workshop I gave some time ago. Take care with the copyright!

03 Mar 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....

08 Feb 2011

This activity provides speaking and writing practice and uses learners' imaginations to create a story based on a picture.

01 Feb 2011

This is a fun speaking activity in the form of a game. It can be used with most levels and most age groups. Students practise presenting...

19 Jan 2011

This activity promotes the use of the superlative form. It utilises a well-known game that students find stimulating and fun to play.

23 Nov 2010

This activity promotes recognition of the past continuous followed by practice. It utilises a well-known lateral thinking story.

16 Nov 2010

This activity practises ‘have you ever...? to talk about life experiences. It is student led in terms of the content and is satisfying...

02 Nov 2010

This is a simple speaking activity that can provide practice for describing personalities. The lesson is designed for adults but could...

26 Oct 2010

This activity promotes the use of the comparative forms. It is a fun guessing game that encourages creativity.

20 Oct 2010

This is a simple listening activity that can be used with adults and secondary groups, and is based on LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts...

22 Sep 2010

In this activity students will practice forming questions and explore opinions regarding migration. They will create their own...

15 Sep 2010

In this speaking activity students think about and discuss a city they would like to live in for a year. The activity is based on themes...

08 Sep 2010

Here are some suggestions to help get your students writing poems based around the theme of the future.

01 Sep 2010

This is a speaking task that encourages students to empathise with other people and try to understand them better. The activity uses a...

25 Aug 2010

One of the good things about migration is the opportunities it brings for learning about other cultures. In this speaking and discussion...

18 Aug 2010

This activity is based around a website that tells the true stories of some people who migrated to Australia many years ago.

07 Jul 2010

This is a pair-work reading and speaking grammar-based activity for elementary students that practises question formation, reading...

23 Jun 2010

This activity is a role play that allows students to take control, decide how the story will develop, and use their imagination. It can...

17 Jun 2010

Have you tried these practical activities to help students with vocabulary learning? There's something for all ages and levels.

09 Jun 2010

This activity is designed to be used as a vocabulary review or test of existing knowledge of the learners' vocabulary.

02 Jun 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...

12 May 2010

This lesson introduces a tool to help learners develop their speaking skills.

29 Apr 2010

This is a discussion activity that you can use to find out about your students’ opinions of language learning and how important they...

21 Apr 2010

The biography section of portfolios is a documentation of the learners' personal language learning history and can include, for example...

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  • 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...
  • PreparationMemorise this story as well as you can: Long, long ago in a village in China there lived a fool called Li. One day Li won 300 yuan in the gambling house. He was very happy so he went to find a place to store the money. He found a great...
  • This example using a Mr Bean clip is a great introduction to the theme of travel and can help students practise prediction, e.g. I think he'll pack his teddy bear or He's definitely going to forget his suitcase. Preparation Open the YouTube clip ...
  • PreparationNo preparation is really necessary for this activity. However it might be useful to have the situations below prepared on the board in advance. There is also a worksheet of how to say goodbye in different languages which you could print...
  • Content: Drawing equipment Language: Drawing equipment vocabulary Preparation Choose which version of the worksheet you want to use depending on the knowledge of your pupils. You may want to use both. Cut up one worksheet for each pair of pupils...
  • This learner-centred activity also practises question forms and encourages collaboration and teamwork. The idea was influenced greatly by Jacosta Von Achten of the British Council, Bangkok. Preparation Prepare a picture that is likely to stimulate...
  • Activity type: Group work Level: Up to B2 Age: Adults or senior YLs Preparation There are no materials required. Just write these inventions on the board in a random order: the Internet (most recent)light...
  • Preparation You will need: one story, cut into strips, for each pair or group one complete copy of the story per student one copy of the grammar worksheet per student Procedure 
  • Preparation Print out and copy a grid worksheet and bingo card for each student. Procedure 
  • Level: A2+Age: Adults or Senior YLsPreparationMake one copy of the worksheet per student.Procedure
  • Preparation Think of examples for the demonstration and make copies of the worksheet. Procedure
  • Age: Adults or Senior YLsLevel: Up to B1Time: 40 mins +PreparationTell students that they are going to listen to a podcast. Explain that you are going to give them each a worksheet to complete while they listen.Give each student a copy of worksheet...
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  • Preparation Find and print some pictures of each of the cities using http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ search. Or if you have access to computers and internet in class just go to http://flickriver.com and type in the names of the cities when...
  • Firstly, you could begin by brainstorming topics related to the future through acrostic poems or pictures. Ask your students to imagine they're living in the year 2100. What's life like? What can they see around them? How far has space and...
  • PreparationDownload the worksheet with the images of the people and make enough copies so that each students can have one image. Images worksheet (pdf 313k)Procedure
  • PreparationDownload the interview questions and make enough copies so that every student can have one.Interview questions worksheet (pdf)Procedure
  • The activity includes reading as well as listening and viewing skills and your students will need to have access to an internet connected computer, so you could either do the activity in a computer lab, if you have one in your school or set it as...
  • It's suitable for teenage or adult students at A2 or above and takes around 40 minutes. In the activity, Chatty magazine has sent one of its top reporters to interview Hollywood actor, Sam Jemson. Students are provided with two worksheets....
  • The activity is very suitable for learners who are confident and who would like a chance to try out their English in a 'real' situation, but it can equally be used with a less confident group of learners given the right support.PreparationNo...
  • Spot the vocabulary Collocation pelmanism Quick revision games Word association recitation The revision box The comparison game Stop the bus Adopt a word Lexical threads
  • It generates lots of words and is a lot of fun. The categories can be changed to suit the level and learner. Preparation  Make a list of ten words for a number of categories depending on your learners' needs (do this alphabetically as it will be...
  • Different to traditional dictations, the learners themselves control the dictation, with learners asking the teacher to stop and go back as many times as they want. My students particularly like this aspect which makes them feel in control of their...
  • Vokis are great for practising speaking skills with learners of all ages. Creating an animated character and giving it a voice is really fun to do and breaks down the inhibitions that learners often have when faced with recording themselves speaking...
  • It gets your students talking and sharing opinions but also gives you a chance to listen in and to understand their motivation and attitudes towards languages. Preparation Make a copy of the discussion statements and cut them into strips so those...
  • This biography lends itself well to ‘show and tell’ sessions when learners can talk to the class about their own experiences. In this section too, learners may include any plans they have for taking an English exam, visiting an English-speaking...
  • Students will need a piece of paper and a pencil. This version practises the present continuous form but other versions can practise other tenses. Children like it because it allows them to practise grammar in a safe environment. By repeating the...
  • The activity is based on themes and images from the OPENCities project: www.opencities.eu Preparation Download the worksheet with the images of the people on and make a copy for each pair of students. Make a copy of the audio file and script....
  • PreparationChop up the letters from the worksheet and put them in an envelope.Have enough dice for one per pair of students in the class.Procedure

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