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23 Jun 2002

If you have students that aren't very confident or happy about speaking this is a good activity to try.

23 Jun 2002

The 'Tap-In Debate' is a fun way for students to discuss controversial topics. It is excellent for speaking and listening practice.

23 Jun 2002

The students must be motivated to speak, or need to speak in order to complete the activity. For the last couple of years, I've...

23 Jun 2002

This is a simple game for spoken practice of the third conditional.

23 Jun 2002

This is a lively activity to practise prepositions of place.

23 Jun 2002

This is a lively activity that practises speaking, listening, writing, walking and remembering!

23 Jun 2002

This is a great way to start a lesson with a free-speaking activity. I call it ‘ARM exercises’ which is simply short for Accept, Reject...

23 Jun 2002

This lesson can take anything from half an hour to an hour and a half. Divide your class in half, half are doctors, half are patients....

23 Jun 2002

This activity is about exploiting nursery rhymes through role-play.

23 Jun 2002

This activity looks at ways of making comparative forms by asking learners to compare things that are usually thought of as opposites....

23 Jun 2002

This is a communicative exercise to practise using question tags with rising intonation when you are not sure that your ideas are right...

23 Jun 2002

This is a speaking exercise for modal verbs used to express possibility, for intermediate / upper-intermediate classes.

23 Jun 2002

This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It revises time references and past simple.

23 Jun 2002

This is a speaking exercise to practise clauses and infinitives of purpose.

23 Jun 2002

This role-play can be used with learners when covering the topic of aliens, for the practice and revision of narrative tenses or as a...

23 Jun 2002

This is a speaking exercise for the future perfect and future continuous forms for intermediate and upper-intermediate students.

23 Jun 2002

This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate and intermediate level learners which provides them with an opportunity to review and...

23 Jun 2002

This is a time-effective and motivating activity for revising texts.

23 Jun 2002

These activities provide meaningful tasks for what can sometimes be a tricky grammar area.

23 Jun 2002

Here are some more ideas for activities to practise making questions. These activities can be used with a whole range of levels.

23 Jun 2002

Here are some ideas for activities to practise making questions. These activities can be used with a whole range of levels.

23 Jun 2002

This is a game that practises vocabulary and speaking skills in the context of buying and selling. It is a great revision activity for...

23 Jun 2002

This revision activity has always helped my students to remember words that they have not used for a while, as well as allowing peer...

23 Jun 2002

This revision activity is in the format of a generic TV quiz show. 

23 Jun 2002

This is a simple way to start the lesson with revision that uses the board.

23 Jun 2002

Slap the board is an energetic vocabulary activity - it can be used for revision, presentation and testing - which involves students...

23 Jun 2002

This is an activity to help students differentiate and produce the short / I / sound as in 'milk' and the longer / i: / sound as in '...

23 Jun 2002

This activity is a pronunciation and memory game. It works best if you split the class into small groups. You will need to produce a set...

23 Jun 2002

All levels and ages enjoy tongue twisters. They work well as a warm up to get students speaking, and they help students to practise...

23 Jun 2002

This game is a natural follow on from the Homophone dictation and can be used to help the students practise and remember homophones.

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  • Ask a student, a volunteer hopefully, to leave the room. While that person is out of the room you and the rest of the class decide on something very unusual that could have happened while they were out of the room. A good example is two students get...
  • Choose an area in the classroom (a corner, the teacher's desk ...) and place there several different objects (pens, erasers, books, etc.) at random and a small box or a bag that represents the basket. Decide with your students how many points they...
  • Choose a short passage or dialogue and make several copies. Put the copies up around the walls of the classroom (or even the school building). Put the students in pairs or small groups. The aim is for one of the students in each pair to walk (or...
  • Choose a controversial statement. For example:- ‘Women are the best drivers.’‘Mobile phones should be banned from public spaces.’ ‘Homework should be optional.’‘Burgers are better than pizzas.’ Either dictate or write the statement on the board....
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  • Pick any children's nursery rhyme, dictate it to the class (comprehension) and ask them to read it back (reading, pronunciation, spelling). Then help with the weird words that they had to guess at (perception of similar sounds and referral to their...
  • It can be used to revise structures or to present them as part of an inductive approach. It also encourages learners to be creative. The activity would be suitable for an elementary to intermediate level. PreparationMake a copy of this worksheet for...
  • It would be suitable for freer practice once the area has been introduced and practised in a more controlled form. Learners prepare a series of statements about another person in the class. They then confirm their ideas by asking this person using...
  • There are a variety of forms in both past and present, making it suitable for a class who are revising these structures. In addition, the exercise could be used to introduce the various forms and tenses. In this case the learners would do the...
  • Example: ' When was the last time you were really happy?' - 'Two weeks ago - it was my birthday'. Target language here is flexible and depends on the level of your learners and your aims. They can answer using a simple time reference + simple past,...
  • The language used is: to ... in order to ... so ... so that ... Worksheet A is for pre-intermediate students and worksheet B is for intermediate students. Worksheet A asks learners to use only the infinitives of purpose in the communicative...
  • PreparationHalf the learners will need a copy of the Student A worksheet each, and half the learners a copy of the Student B worksheet each.Procedure
  • The forms themselves are used in a highly controlled way, making it suitable for a class who have just been introduced to them. The open questions that follow some of the gap-fill sentences provide freer practice and can generate a great deal of...
  • 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. You can download a copy of the worksheet below....
  • After my students have worked on three texts in the textbook and done various comprehension and grammar exercises, I use this activity to revise. Procedure
  • Students themselves can provide the essential, defining information. Using pictures is great for these kinds of tasks so try and build up a stock for a variety of activities.
  • An essential skill in communicating and keeping up a conversation is the ability to ask questions. Students sometimes get lots of chances to answer questions but here are some more ideas for how you can get them to make some questions themselves!...
  • An essential skill in communicating and keeping up a conversation is the ability to ask questions. Students sometimes get lots of chances to answer questions but here are some ideas for how you can get them to make some questions themselves! FAQs...
  • Basically, the students use vocabulary items, or standard sentences, as money. The teacher is a shopkeeper, the students are the customers. The students buy objects that they need to complete a drawing or plan. In order to buy the object they need,...
  • Take the letters from the game of Scrabble. You can divide the class into groups, or make it an individual quiz. Then, give around 15 letters to each group or student Give each group eight minutes to try and make as many words as possible, but they...
  • I have tried it with different ages and levels and it has proved to be a fun and challenging way of doing revision. Prepare a set of questions on vocabulary areas, grammar points, verb patterns, etc. from recent lessons. The questions could go...
  • I often start off a lesson with a class by simply saying at the beginning of the class What do you remember from the last English lesson? Now, perhaps that lesson was one or two days ago, perhaps it was last week, it may have been even two weeks ago...
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  • My students often claim that they can't hear the difference. Procedure
  • The sets of cards should be made up of lots of rhyming pairs of words. For example:house, mousedie, crycook, bookwheat, sheetYou can download a set of pairs cards below.Procedure
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  • This materials-light activity needs little preparation and allows students to notice these problems. Procedure
  • Symbols This activity focuses on some of the easier symbols and works towards the more difficult vowel sounds. It then helps students to record and remember them.
  • I start with the seven vowel phonemes that the letters of the alphabet can be divided into. I encourage students to try and guess the sounds first. I elicit a word that has the sound in it and write this above each phoneme to help students remember...

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