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14 Apr 2010

This is a drawing and speaking activity that is fun to use with primary classes to revise the present continuous form. It is easy to set...

08 Apr 2010

In this activity students listen to information about two immigrants and then create a background story for another.

03 Mar 2010

This is a quick simple game that reviews question forms and can be used as a warmer or a filler at the end of the lesson with all...

17 Feb 2010

This activity develops a number of skills (CLIL) and creates an appropriate context for students to communicate at this age. It can be...

10 Feb 2010

This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in asking and answering questions. 

03 Feb 2010

This is a another simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in countable and uncountable nouns...

27 Jan 2010

This is a small group, free discussion activity aimed at pre-intermediate students and above.

22 Jan 2010

This activity practices students’ listening and speaking skills. They first listen to a description of two images and then they analyse...

22 Jan 2010

This activity attempts to challenge some of the preconceptions that people often have about immigrants by looking at a group of artists...

22 Jan 2010

This is a listening and speaking activity for students based on the theme of migration.

22 Jan 2010

This is a speaking and listening activity that involves students in thinking about the kinds of problems and challenges they might face...

22 Jan 2010

This is a listening activity aimed at intermediate level adult and young adult students.

20 Jan 2010

This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the past simple, particularly the...

13 Jan 2010

This activity practises using narrative tenses, particularly past simple and continuous with pre-intermediate students.

04 Jan 2010

This is a speaking and listening communication activity which was developed to help students practise narrative tenses and structures....

19 Dec 2009

This activity practises language of ordering food in a restaurant although this can be adapted for any scenario. It's a great way to...

02 Dec 2009

This activity gives elementary level students plenty of opportunity to speak and practise using the past simple.

24 Nov 2009

This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France...

28 Oct 2009

This activity takes learners through the process of planning a story.

Gap fill poems - activity
02 Oct 2009

I like to use this activity to introduce poetry into the classroom and to raise learners' awareness of the beauty and fun to be had with...

16 Sep 2009

This is a role-play activity in which your students practise asking for and giving personal details and directions.

02 Sep 2009

This is a visual activity which helps make the process of recalling vocabulary motivating and memorable. My students enjoy the 'suspense...

26 Aug 2009

This is a reading and speaking activity. Students make decisions in pairs or groups with the aim of going on a successful holiday. It is...

17 Aug 2009

In this activity students create a profile for a group of people and imagine their relationships to each other. They then construct a...

23 Jul 2009

This activity trains young learners to plan a very simple story.

22 Jul 2009

In this speaking activity the students tell personal stories which are prompted by pictures.

08 Jul 2009

This activity gives the teacher and the learners an opportunity to discuss the reasons behind classroom practices.

01 Jul 2009

This activity looks at the problem of whether verbs are followed by the gerund or infinitive. At Upper Intermediate level (B2 on the CEF...

20 May 2009

This group speaking activity involves learners inventing an unusual machine.

06 May 2009

This activity is about energy and renewable resources. It builds awareness of different energy solutions which will be necessary in the...

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  • This speaking activity reviews uncountable and countable nouns (food), some/any and prices and is suitable for pre-intermediate 9 -11 year olds. Students draw their own shop and contents and write lists of things they want to buy. The teacher...
  • The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with older teenagers. Procedure
  • Activity: To compare the contents of two fridges.Activity type: Information gap/exchange.Level: Up to B1.Age: Adults or Senior YLsPreparationDraw a picture of a fridge on the board. Build the picture up slowly, line by line. Ask students to guess...
  • In this activity, students need to decide which animals should be selected to go aboard a space-craft in order to safeguard their survival. Time 30 minutes approximately Procedure
  • PreparationDownload and print a copy of the images worksheet for each of your students.Download copies of the scripts and the audio to use in class. Worksheet Audio ScriptProcedure
  • PreparationDownload and make a copy of the images worksheet to hand out to each student. There is also a teacher’s copy with larger images if you feel you need this. Download a copy of the audio file and script if you feel your students need to see...
  • It should be suitable for adult or young adult intermediate level learners. Immigration can be a difficult and controversial topic to tackle and some students may have very strong opinions on this topic. The activity was based on themes from the...
  • Preparation Download a copy of the audio and script below for the activity. Make copies of the script for your students. Procedure
  • It explores the ways cities can attract and help with the integration of migrants into the local culture and society. The activity is based on themes and text from the OPENCities project   PreparationDownload a copy of the audio and script below....
  • Activity: information gapActivity type: mingling, asking and answering questions.Level: Up to B1.Age: Adults or Senior YLsPreparationWrite this on the board:HARRY’S HOLIDAYHe went to…He went by…The weather was…Elicit simple ideas about Harry’s...
  • It is a very structured activity in which students write a short newspaper article about a robbery. Procedure
  • The duration of the activity depends on the size of the class, but will take at least twenty minutes for an average size class. Procedure Students form a 'storyline' chain where they pass and add part of a narrative to the next student in the...
  • It also becomes very personalised when students create their own dialogues in the final stage. As the drilling is done in groups it is non threatening and enjoyable.The activity can be used with any level and any number of students. The procedure I...
  • Procedure
  • Time: at least an hour.    TopicMerhan Karimi Nasseri, in reality, was an Iranian who arrived in Charles de Gaulle airport in France and for bureaucratic reasons, found himself unable to leave the airport, which became his home for a number of years...
  • I like this activity because it encourages creativity in a subtle way. The idea comes from a short story by Raymond Carver called Put yourself in my shoes. The first line is He was running the vacuum cleaner when the telephone rang. However, if you...
  • I chose a poem titled ‘I wish my husband were online'. I chose this as it contains a number of rhyming couplets. It is available free from the following website http://freepoemsonline.blogspot.com/2008/02/i-wish-my-husband-were-online.html....
  • Level: Elementary and above DescriptionRole-play is a great way for students to try out their English. Most of my students love having the chance to use their language in a realistic way, and often take the role-play much further than I would have...
  • I find this short activity works well particularly with lower levels, for vocabulary that has been studied thematically. It can be used at any point in a lesson, as a warmer, filler or lead-in. Preparation You will need a picture (this could be an...
  • There isn't one 'correct' answer - different groups find themselves going on different holidays - so you can use the activity several times with the same class. It is an excellent, fun way to practise the 'functional' language of agreement and...
  • This activity can be completed in one lesson or divided across a number of lessons if you feel your students need more support and correction. PreparationDownload copies of the photographs here or cut some of your own out of a magazine. You could...
  • The activity looks at the brainstorming process prior to writing, then allows learners to select ideas and guides them to the actual writing of the story through a clearly staged plan. Procedure Find a picture of the hero of your story in a...
  • The activity is performed as a mingle.
  • Learners have a lot of questions about how they should learn a language, and often form their own answers, which we need to discuss. Many of these answers are not necessarily things you agree with, and discussion also gives you an opportunity to...
  • After the straightforward rules for verbs like manage (infinitive) and enjoy (gerund) it can be quite difficult for students to grasp the difference in meaning between a verb like try which can be followed by both, but with different meanings....
  • I originally developed the idea for a group of visiting French engineering students. Heath Robinson was a cartoonist who satirised the machine age by devising and drawing contraptions of great complexity for performing simple or absurd tasks....
  • MaterialsEnergy and renewable resources cards handout (one per learner)scissorsProcedure
  • The students will work as a whole class as well as in small groups. At the end of the lesson the students have a 'make and do' outcome to decorate the classroom. Preparation You will need flashcards (below) a blank piece of card worksheet (...
  • The students read some reviews of popular sitcoms. Then they then watch a sitcom or a clip of a sitcom, discuss their impressions and share their ideas and then write their own reviews using the readings as a model. Preparation You will need to show...
  •  It could be used as a writing activity to check the grammatical form of the 3rd conditional or as a speaking activity (see procedure 2) to guess the condition part of the sentence. PreparationDownload the student worksheet and make one copy for...

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