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19 Jun 2008

This activity is designed to be used as a warmer for Intermediate level learners. It could be used to generate interest in amazing facts...

British and American English - activities
21 May 2008

This activity is designed to be used when teaching or practising the difference between British and American English vocabulary.

09 May 2008

This revision game is a version of the popular game Battleships. In this version, instead of blowing up battleships, teams have to find...

08 May 2008

The chart can also be used to highlight both patterns and variations in sound and spelling correspondence.

08 May 2008

Support your pronunciation activities with our 44 A4 size downloadable pronunciation posters.

08 May 2008

If learners have access to a computer outside class, they can use the interactive chart together with a dictionary to check the...

08 May 2008

If you have an interactive whiteboard, or a computer with a data projector, the phonemic chart can be used in class to recycle and...

08 May 2008

Certain pairs of consonants can be problematic for some learners. This discovery activity can be used to help learners notice the...

29 Apr 2008

This activity gets the students motivated with a competitive revision race.

24 Apr 2008

If you've got a confident class with a passion for debate this activity could be the ideal way to allow learners to let off a bit of...

15 Apr 2008

This is a reading task on the theme of Easter in the UK. It helps students learn about how this time is celebrated in the UK and reflect...

25 Mar 2008

This activity can be used for all levels and could be extended to a mini-project for younger students.

25 Mar 2008

This activity is all about manners and etiquette, which can be an interesting topic to discuss with your students.

22 Jan 2008

This is a longer activity that needs some preparation. It's great for practising question forms in a fun way and gives structured...

22 Jan 2008

In this group activity students imagine they are going to be part of a committee that will decide how money is spent in their school.

16 Jan 2008

Pictures are probably the most often used prompts. This activity combines movement, imagination, self-expression and pictures.

28 Nov 2007

This is a staged discussion activity which focuses on students' personal opinions of style and fashion.

14 Nov 2007

This is a common tool to optimise learning opportunities from mistakes learners make in written work and to encourage the editing stages...

30 Oct 2007

Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

05 Sep 2007

This activity gives students maximum speaking time and helps develop fluency. The slightly ‘unusual’ classroom set-up seems to encourage...

15 Aug 2007

This speaking activity is for a 1-1 class with a learner at an intermediate level and who works, as many of the questions ask for...

04 Jul 2007

The passport section of portfolios summarizes the owner’s linguistic identity, language-learning experiences and language qualifications...

27 Jun 2007

In this activity students find out about another country and put together an article. It can be used with students at intermediate level...

27 Jun 2007

This activity can be used with intermediate and upper-intermediate students and practises fluency as well as story-writing skills. It...

10 Apr 2007

Doing surveys can be a useful way of getting your students to interact, produce question forms and collect and analyse real information...

01 Nov 2006

In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.

19 Oct 2006

This is a pair work activity that works well with learners of all ages. It is especially appropriate for low level learners.

03 Oct 2006

It is often necessary to recycle new words several times in class before they become part of learners' active vocabulary, and the same...

21 Sep 2006

This is a speaking exercise for intermediate learners which provides them with an opportunity to review and practise the 'should have'...

25 Aug 2006

This is a pronunciation game called 'What's the pronunciation?'

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  • For example, as a discovery activity to help learners notice the effect of adding an 'e' to the end of a word, you could give the learners some of the words from the following list: cap capemat matepin pinenot notepet Petekit kitesit sitewin winehat...
  • Click on each image to download the individual poster or download them all at once in the zipped folder below. Long vowel sounds - file size 10k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
  • This is particularly useful for learners who are not yet fully familiar with all the sounds on the chart: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/phonemic-chart  Encourage your learners to record the pronunciation of new words they meet, both...
  • All these activities assume that learners have had at least some initial introduction to the phonemic alphabet.
  • Begin by asking learners what noise a bee makes. As they make a buzzing noise, do the same and put your fingers on your throat, indicating that they should do likewise. This will allow them to feel the vibrations of the vocal chords that occur with...
  • Preparation Make a worksheet with between 10 and 20 questions of what you want to revise. Multiple-choice, gap-fill (cloze) and short-answer questions are best. See an example worksheet. Copy the worksheet on to different coloured paper; one colour...
  • It is an interaction between holidaymakers demanding a refund, and travel agents determined not to give it. There is a relative degree of flexibility with Cheat and Swindle Holidays but it is well suited to practice of structures for making...
  • Write the date of this year's Easter on the board and ask the learners if they know what special day it is. If not, tell them that it's Easter and ask them to brainstorm in groups what they know about Easter, either in the UK, in their own country (...
  • Students should work together to design the next generation mobile phone. They should be encouraged to be as imaginative as they can. Procedure
  • Preparation Copy this table onto the board: Good manners Bad manners         Copy these sentences onto the board or print them out as a handout: In the UK ... ... do stand in a queue when you wait for a bus or to pay...
  • They should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a list of possible new resources for their school and try to come to a decision about the importance of the items. They should try to prioritise. If it is too difficult for them to order them...
  • You will need a sticky label for each student or a pack of sticky notes. Preparation Tell students that they have got the job of reporter for a magazine about famous people. They are going to interview some famous people and they need to prepare...
  • Preparation Bring to class reproductions of as many landscapes as there are students in the class and some background classical music. Put the pictures on the walls around the room. Procedure
  • This activity was originally published as part of a lesson plan on individual style. Procedure
  • You show the learners where the mistakes are and what kind they are, and then they try to correct them as a second stage to the initial writing task. The codes shown here are just an example and are not meant to all be used at every level. You need...
  • Taking some ‘time out' from regular classes and doing something completely different can really help group dynamics and you may also give quieter or less able students a chance to shine. Making a class magazine is a project that will appeal to most...
  • I’ve found it can be a good option for classes with shy students, or groups who have become bored with traditional pair-work activities. Requiring only minimum preparation and just a little moving around of furniture, this activity can be used with...
  • It could be adapted for use with a group but would need some very close monitoring and support from the teacher. The learning aims of the activity are to review and provide further practice in various ways to talk about the past, including past...
  • Obviously for young learners this means opening their eyes to the possibilities for learning and practising English in their own world. It also means becoming aware of children in their own class who have had different language-learning experiences...
  • PreparationCut up an OHT into three strips for each group of 3-4 students. ProcedureStep 1
  • Why does writing have to be such a lonely and time-consuming experience? In this activity students work together to produce one article, promoting team working and a sense of accomplishment. Preparation Cut some OHTs (one per article) into strips (...
  • This survey has been designed for younger learners and is based on the theme of school subjects. Preparation Before the class I speak to a teacher from another group and try to arrange for my class to survey a different class that they don't know...
  • They then compare their version with a model text, helping them to notice the conventional formulae used in this type of letter, and incorporate some of this new language into another similar letter. This activity is particularly suitable for...
  • The aim of a mutual dictation is for pairs of students to dictate information to each other in order to get a complete text. When students have got the complete text, they need to do something with it, such as solve a riddle or answer true/false...
  • Whether the collocations are introduced through a text, as described in the article, or explicitly taught, the memory game Pelmanism can provide a useful review activity in a later lesson. This activity follows on from the article Lexical...
  • Whilst personalising it, they also have general speaking practice as the exercise inevitably generates discussion. PreparationBefore the class, prepare enough photocopies of the worksheet for each learner to have a copy (download the worksheet below...
  • Preparation Collect a list of about ten words students have mispronounced. Procedure
  • Both activities can be used with low level students using the same procedure below. Preparation Make copies of the worksheets and scripts. Download the audio recordings. Procedure Hand out the worksheet and check that your students understand...
  • This requires a bit of time to prepare the scrabble letters but they can be used with all ages and levels so it may well be a good investment of your time. Preparation Prepare a set for each group of four or five students. It's a good idea to copy...
  • Preparation You will need to have prepared at least three questions for each of the nine categories. You can download some sample questions suitable for pre-intermediate learners below. Procedure Draw a noughts and crosses grid on the board, for...

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