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09 Jan 2003

This is an activity for students to practise reporting speech. It provides a situation for reporting what others have said that can be...

09 Jan 2003

This worksheet for learners at an intermediate level and above is based on extracts from four plays by William Shakespeare.

09 Jan 2003

In this activity, students make their own 'English' telephones and try them out.

09 Jan 2003

Learners have a lot of ideas about how they should learn a language and it is important to encourage them to discuss these and to...

09 Jan 2003

This series of activities enables students to practise what are traditionally called 'language skills' (reading, writing, etc.) in the...

09 Jan 2003

This is a small collection of five games you can use to promote turn taking and collaboration in the classroom.

09 Jan 2003

This is a seasonal information-gap activity to practise listening and speaking with young learners. The activity requires children to...

09 Jan 2003

Developing 'metacognitive awareness' (understanding of our own learning processes) is an essential skill for a learner and underlines...

09 Jan 2003

Here are some useful suggestions for inspiring confidence in teenagers.

09 Jan 2003

This is an idea I got from a workshop that I went to many years ago. I have used it many times since and found it to be a really useful...

09 Jan 2003

These games involve the learners sitting in a circle and working as a whole class.

09 Jan 2003

In this activity learners make a thumbprint story about a holiday using a blank cartoon grid and an ink pad.

09 Jan 2003

Board games like Snakes and ladders add the element of fun to the English classroom and are a very useful way to develop more effective...

13 Dec 2002

Magazines are a great source of ideas and materials for teaching and can keep your students interested and talking for hours on a whole...

13 Dec 2002

Storytelling activities are a great way to allow students to express themselves freely and creatively in an authentic and real way.

13 Dec 2002

Comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.

13 Dec 2002

There are lots of ways to use flashcards. Here are just some of them.

13 Dec 2002

Using animated stories is always popular with primary students.

13 Dec 2002

This activity structure is designed to be used with a clip from a factual programme or documentary.

13 Dec 2002

This jigsaw viewing and listening activity is designed to be used with a video of a TV advert.

13 Dec 2002

If you would like to set up an out-of-class English Learning Circle with your students, here are 8 things you need to consider:

13 Dec 2002

It's possible to adapt many classroom activities to make them suitable for a Learning Circle. Here are a few ideas.

22 Nov 2002

Newspapers are a useful tool in the ELT classroom for improving reading skills and enhancing students' knowledge of current affairs.

22 Nov 2002

Here are two text quickies that I like to use with my learners to prepare them for reading or to follow up on a text they have read.

22 Nov 2002

These activities describe different ways you and your students can read text aloud in order to develop your students' feeling for the...

22 Nov 2002

This is an integrated reading and speaking activity for intermediate (or higher) level students. They make decisions in pairs or groups...

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22 Nov 2002

These activities are only available as a download because they are fairly long and provide full reading texts. They are related to the...

22 Nov 2002

In this activity learners work together to find information online.

22 Nov 2002

Directed activities related to texts (DARTs) are activities which get students to interact with texts. Their aim is to improve students...

22 Nov 2002

This is an approach to reading that involves the students in speaking and summarising skills. It is very useful when working with short...

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  • Many of these ideas are not necessarily things you agree with, and discussion also gives you an opportunity to explain your beliefs about language learning and share your rationale. The example cards can be used in a variety of ways depending on...
  •  Preparation Have a short childhood story of your own on hand to share with your students. You could also write the story for them to read, but the 'live listening' aspect of an oral version can be more effective because it allows you to use...
  • Preparation Before starting the games, you need to brainstorm language which the children will need in order to instruct each other and manage the game. Some possibilities are: My turn Your turn Let's go You / I won You're out Play again… Tickum -...
  • IntroductionThe finished product provides both them and you with good feedback on their ability to communicate. It also gives children the chance to practise simple vocabulary, cardinal numbers and to give simple instructions. The activity requires...
  • Even from the age of 6 or 7 children can be encouraged to think for themselves about their learning and what goes on in class. For teenagers, asking them what they think about what they are doing, asking for their opinions and involving them in some...
  • Many people can have problems with teenagers when teaching. Here are some guidelines for a general attitude you can adopt in the classroom.
  • I get students to brainstorm all the kind of things I as a teacher do and things which we do in class. Some examples might be:
  • Conditional chain game This game is good to revise and practise structures in the first conditional. The teacher begins with a sentence, for example 'If I go out tonight, I'll go to the cinema.' The next person in the circle must use the end of...
  • Learners will practise regular and irregular past simple verbs and holiday vocabulary. I've found that this activity works well with pre-intermediate 10 and 11 year olds but can be adapted for various ages and levels. Materials ink pads (one for...
  • I've adapted this Snakes and ladders game to give learners an opportunity to discuss cultural differences between countries. Preparation Before my lesson, I modified the typical game board so that it could give my learners an opportunity not only...
  • A simple way to get students talking and sharing ideas, or predicting the topic of your lesson and so arousing their interest, is the following:
  • Stories can be a very versatile and powerful teaching tool.
  • They are powerful teaching tools and can: Tell a complex story in a few images Provide comment and provoke thought on events and issues in the news Give an example of vocabulary related to current trends and fads Provide easily identifiable...
  • Memory activities Example activity: Memory tester Place a selection of flash cards on the floor in a circle. Students have one minute to memorise the cards. In groups, they have two minutes to write as many of the names as they can remember....
  • TopicAnimated storiesAimsGlobal understanding of videoPresentation of languageTo give learners an opportunity to use language from video in a creative contextAge5 - 10 year oldsLevelElementaryIntroductionThere are lots of animated videos for native...
  • Topic Documentary programmes Aims To provide information relevant to interests of students for use in post-video work To present/reinforce language To give learners an opportunity to use language from the video Age 11–14 year olds (when ...
  • This is based on the idea that student partners are only given half the complete information, i.e. one learner only watches the video and the partner only listens to it. In order to recreate the complete advert, they will need to share their...
  • Be realistic about your time It's very easy to be enthusiastic about a project at the beginning, and feel you can devote a lot of time to it. However, if you have too many meetings, some students might begin to feel they cannot attend. On the other...
  • Vocabulary quizzes Word search and crossword activities can be fun. Club members, in pairs or small groups, can devise quizzes for each other. Put the most successful quizzes and puzzles on a poster. Mini presentations Members of the group take...
  • There is a danger of putting students off reading newspapers if articles are used in the same way as course books, with tedious comprehension activities. If used in a more inspiring way, newspapers can help students to develop not only reading...
  • They can easily be used with any text and take no longer than five minutes each.Pair text predictionsThis is a before-reading activity.Procedure
  • Not only individual sounds, but the way words connect, intonation and rhythm are all important in coming across as an effective, natural-sounding speaker of English. It can be helpful for students to have practice in stretching speech, in playing...
  • It is based on a 'maze' principle, which gives students different options and a variety of different financial outcomes. There isn't one 'correct' answer, so different groups find themselves spending the money different ways - so you can use the...
  • We recommend you look at these classroom activities after you have read this article and before you read the other article - Lexical Approach 2.These classroom activities are based on reading texts and provide classroom materials that are informed...
  • Simple search tasks are incredibly easy to set students using the web as a language-learning tool. They don't have to be particularly complicated, or even well-researched, although this helps! A simple task I have used with students is to set your...
  • Here are some examples of DARTs that are based on the poem "When I heard the learned astronomer" by Walt Whitman.When I heard the learn'd astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and...
  • Jigsaw reading can be done in two ways
  • Answering questions may become simply a repetition of what is written in the story. The simple retelling of a paragraph may become an instrument to 'drill and kill' students' use of language. Comprehension questions may turn into a dissection of the...
  • Despite the simplicity, the activity can be really challenging and is more suitable for higher levels. Procedure
  • The task: going shopping along a typical British high street. Half the class have shopping lists and the other half own a shop. There are five shops: a computer shop a newsagent's a fruit shop a small supermarket a language bookshop The cards are...

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