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29 Apr 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...

16 Apr 2009

This latest activity in this series is suitable for intermediate + level students.

01 Apr 2009

This activity is designed to be used as a consolidation exercise for the third conditional.

25 Mar 2009

This activity is suitable for pre-intermediate students and above.

11 Mar 2009

This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It practises the use of the ‘present perfect' to talk about...

04 Mar 2009

These activities are designed to provide practice for learners preparing for the IELTS, TOEFL and FCE tests.

01 Mar 2009

In this activity students watch a clip from two different sitcoms and then they complete a table with information. 

20 Feb 2009

This a semi-controlled writing activity which focuses on using the past continuous verb form to talk about events in the past. Learners...

11 Feb 2009

This activity is suitable for pre-intermediate level students and above. The students work in pairs A and B. They take it in turns to...

04 Feb 2009

This is a further activity based around sitcoms, and is suitable for intermediate - upper Intermediate levels.

31 Jan 2009

This activity is suitable for intermediate level students and above. Students create a new sitcom in groups.

21 Jan 2009

The aim of this activity is for students to revise and practise open question forms.

14 Jan 2009

This is a speaking activity in which learners answer questions about their past, present and future, and identify how they change.

07 Jan 2009

This is a group-work speaking activity for intermediate level and above, where students are asked to make choices about the future...

02 Jan 2009

This is a writing and speaking activity using the silent-method to practise the vocabulary of daily routines, present simple and telling...

22 Dec 2008

This lesson is suitable for pre-intermediate students and above.

10 Dec 2008

This is vocabulary activity that can be used easily with students of different ages.

03 Dec 2008

This activity, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from a presentation and controlled practice of the comparative and...

26 Nov 2008

This is a role-play speaking activity based on Henry VIII for upper-intermediate students and above.

19 Nov 2008

This lesson, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from presentation and controlled practice of the future 'will'.

12 Nov 2008

This is a speaking activity based on the theme of being stranded on a desert island. It is suitable for pre-intermediate students...

07 Nov 2008

This activity involves defining words and encourages students to use their creativity and imagination. 

29 Oct 2008

This is a whole-class speaking activity, needing no preparation, that gets the students practising question forms in a way that is...

22 Oct 2008

In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.

15 Oct 2008

This activity can supplement a unit in a coursebook which has a focus on school.

03 Oct 2008

This activity practises discrete vowel sounds. It practises both speaking and listening skills. It works well in pairs or in groups and...

27 Sep 2008

This Titanic-themed role play activity consolidates the form of the third conditional.

19 Sep 2008

Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role...

11 Sep 2008

This activity really makes writing in class fun. It's good practice for writing creative stories using narrative tenses.

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24 Aug 2008

I use this activity with higher-Elementary level students, primarily to practise vocabulary and collocations related to house and home,...

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  • Students will listen to a clip from a sitcom and try to guess where the action is talking place and what the characters are doing etc. Preparation You will need access to a few sitcom clips. These can be clips from the same sitcom (especially if...
  • Learners complete a series of statements with the names of other people in the class and then talk to those people to see if their ideas are right and to find out additional information. At a higher level, learners use prompts to create statements...
  • Although each is focused on a specific sub-skill needed for each test, they can be adapted to provide more general practice. The activities are as follows: In activity 1 learners practise the different functions of Part 3 of the IELTS test In...
  • They finish by writing a short paragraph saying which clip they preferred and why. Preparation The activity can be done as a computer room activity or it can be done as self-study for homework. Students will need access to the internet. You will...
  • This activity can be used as semi-controlled practice of the target language. There are worksheets for two levels, elementary to pre-intermediate and intermediate and above. Preparation Choose an event that was significant for you and your...
  • PreparationYou will need access to a few sitcom clips. These can be clips from the same sitcom (especially if you are using a DVD or video) or they can be from different sitcoms if you are using www.youtube.com. For a comprehensive list of UK...
  • Students are given a gapped text about sitcoms. The missing words are all verbs. Students have to read the text and choose the correct verbs for each gap. The verbs are provided in the infinitive so students have to write them in the appropriate...
  • They work together to choose a situation, a setting and characters. Then they think of some catch phrases and a title. They finish by presenting their ideas to the class. As a follow on task they can write a section of the script for their sitcom....
  • This activity is designed to be used with pre-intermediate / intermediate level learners. It could be used as part of an introduction lesson and / or to negotiate classroom behaviour contracts between teacher and student. Preparation Make a copy...
  • They do this by answering five simple, but quite profound, questions in a questionnaire. This activity can be used as a diagnostic, especially for a 1-1 class, as practice, or as revision. It is suitable for pre-intermediate levels and above, as the...
  • Preparation Download copies of the worksheet to give as handouts to the students. Procedure
  • This is a simple activity with lots of repetition which is ideal for lower levels. The use of the silent method by the teacher throughout the activity will encourage students to be less inhibited about their own miming. Preparation Before going...
  • It provides practice of vocabulary related to jobs and question forms. Students create job adverts and then do speed interviews to try and find a job/employee. PreparationYou will need the following: A variety of job adverts (taken from magazines,...
  • Every time I use it, I see that all types of students have similar fun in learning new words when the learning involves some suspense. Adults are usually surprised that they do not know the names of the objects they always use or see. Preparation...
  • It engages the students visually and integrates all four skills. The students will produce a newspaper travel review of two ‘island' destinations. The end product is authentic looking and the process very motivating and fun. PreparationYou will need...
  • This is a topic that reappears in course books and he is a historical character who is well known throughout the world. This activity creates a lot of interest both historically and on a more personal level. It also involves research on the internet...
  • It is an extended role-play activity which is simple to set up and fun for the students. Preparation You will need some strips of paper. Procedure
  • Students design an island, create rules for it and decide who gets to live on it by way of interview. Preparation You will need some A3 paper and felt-tip pens. Procedure
  • It is not so important that the students learn the words as they are not commonly used, but to express themselves in a convincing way when they are explaining their definitions. It is based on the old TV game. Preparation A number of cards with...
  • Procedure I introduce the game by showing what an algorithm usually is: A mathematical model or pattern so that after you know the sequence, you can say what the next number will be. (e.g. 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, ...where students see that the next number...
  • The teacher provides a model and students are given time to prepare their own anecdotes before doing a mingle. It provides a lot of fluency practice and can be used with any level from pre-intermediate upwards. PreparationThink an of anecdote...
  • I've also used it many times as the culmination of activities aimed at practising the 'obligation and permission' modals: can, can't, have to, must, don't have to, mustn't. The activity is predominantly a speaking activity to be done in pairs,...
  • You need to print out one copy of the worksheet for each student. You can download the worksheet below. You may need to ask learners to make up telephone numbers if they are not comfortable in giving out their real numbers to their classmates or if...
  • I use this activity usually at the end of the first lesson in which students meet the form, or at the latest the one after. Often, role plays are opportunities for students to express themselves freely, and this is no different, but there is a very...
  • MaterialsThe materials consist of one sheet with the jumbled conversation, each part of the interaction being numbered and a second sheet with the key, which is also numbered for ease of checking. The task sheet is attractively presented in a "call-...
  • I have used this activity with children and adults from pre-intermediate level and up. At the end of this activity, students usually get a funny story written by at least seven students or pairs of students from their class. Preparation Make...
  • It pays to use your judgement, be sure that you think your class is up to the task, it would be a shame for students to leave the classroom thinking that they can’t. Of course, they don’t need to say the word can for this activity, but it’ll...
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  • The two passages are the same but the vocabulary is different depending on where the speaker is from. This activity could be exploited in a number of ways.Procedure 1Give out the worksheets and ask learners to complete the gaps with appropriate...
  • Preparation Prepare questions for revision. Questions can be asked orally or written on the board. See example 1 below. Draw a grid on the board. See example 2 below. Draw another grid on a piece of paper to act as your answer key. Add four '...

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