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23 Feb 2012

This is a great game to revise vocabulary and you can use it with any age group and any level by changing the category headings.

10 Feb 2012

This is a game to make any gap-fill task or cloze texts (reading tasks with gaps) more exciting.

26 Jan 2012

This is great for the first class with a new group or when you come back to class after a holiday or even after a weekend.

08 Dec 2011

These are some games which we associate with parties and Christmas celebrations in UK schools. They can be adapted for language learners...

02 Dec 2011

This is a great game for those logical-mathematical thinkers.

03 Nov 2011

This is a valuable warmer activity for any teenage class. It gives the students the chance to get to know you a little more and it gives...

14 Oct 2011

This speaking activity gets students to think in English and use their memory, simultaneously. It is a simple way of recycling texts...

07 Sep 2011

This game is good to revise and practise structures in the first conditional.

24 Aug 2011

This is a simple activity where each student adds a word to create a group story.

15 Jun 2011

This is a fun activity using music which can be used with all groups.

01 Jun 2011

This simple board game provides an excellent way to give students a bit of free speaking practice.

27 Apr 2011

This activity is an adaptation of the original Hedbanz and is good for practising or revising vocabulary in general or it can be related...

24 Mar 2011

This is a motivating student-centred speaking activity that provides an opportunity for students to speak about topics that interest...

18 Feb 2011

Drawing dictations are a great way to practise vocabulary and to find out how well the students in your class listen to you.

19 Jan 2011

This game practises adjectives. You need a ball, or alternatively a screwed up piece of paper will work fine.

05 Jan 2011

This game is good for revising lexical sets and is useful for practising using adjectives. It can be teacher led or played as a team...

10 Nov 2010

This is a good activity for checking information for younger learners.

13 Oct 2010

This is an activity in which students try to predict the order of words in a jumbled sentence before listening for the answer.

29 Sep 2010

This is a teacher led auction. It can be played with mixed language points which are causing difficulty or on a specific area.

16 Sep 2010

This is a good activity for getting your students going in the morning. It is also excellent for revising vocabulary.

08 Sep 2010

This is a good activity for restless younger classes.

25 Aug 2010

The main focus of this activity is on developing writing skills, but it's also good for developing listening, speaking and reading...

18 Aug 2010

This is a speaking activity for higher level students with good imaginations.

09 Jun 2010

This is a fun question and answer writing activity.

26 May 2010

This childhood board game can easily be adapted for use in the language classroom.

12 May 2010

This is a brilliant vocabulary game for intermediate level students. The original idea came from a German TV show.

28 Apr 2010

The aim of this activity is to get students to orally create a short story in small groups or pairs. It is a low preparation but high...

24 Mar 2010

This activity is great for practising intonation.

10 Mar 2010

These games can be played throughout the school year but are also very useful as a round up at the end of term.

03 Feb 2010

This is a good game for high-energy groups when you need to get them all sitting down and on task.




  • It really gets students focused and working on task as a team and can be a saviour to fill the last ten minutes on a class when you have run out of ideas! Procedure
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  • Put students into two teams. Ask the teams to write five questions they’d like to ask you. Then ask for a volunteer from each team to sit at the front of the class. They are going to imagine they are you, and spend a few minutes ‘in the teacher’s...
  • Pass the parcel (Whole class/mixed ability groups) Prepare five or six boxes or envelopes decorated or wrapped with Christmas paper. In each parcel put a group activity with a Christmas theme for students to try e.g. a word search, a dialogue to...
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  • It works well with factual texts in EFL, texts used in CLIL lessons and quizzes related to any subject. Materials Texts/authentic articles previously studied or quizzes completed in class. Preparation Prepare a few questions about factual...
  • 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 the previous sentence to begin their own sentence, for example 'If I go to the cinema, I’ll watch Charlie...
  • Despite the simplicity it can be really challenging and I would only use it with higher levels.
  • Just select a follow-up activity that is appropriate for the age and level of the class but the basic procedure is the same for everyone. Procedure
  • You can choose your own topics either based on the topics you've covered in lessons or topics that you think will be of interest to your students.
  • It works well with lower intermediate and higher levels and it can be stretched and used as part of a lesson, as a warmer or filler. Preparation You will need large rubber bands and mini flashcards. The mini flashcards should each have a word or a...
  • You need scraps of paper and dice for this activity. You will need 12 bits of paper and two dice for each group of between three and six students.  Procedure Put the students into groups and ask each group to write 12 topics they are interested in...
  • You can make the dictation as easy or difficult as you like, depending on the level of the group and you can use drawing dictations to revise vocabulary you've studied in class in a fun way. Procedure If you've been studying food, dictate...
  • Procedure  Students and you stand or sit in a circle. Pass the ball to the person next to you in the circle and pretend the ball is really heavy by miming. Tell the person next to you that it's really, really heavy. They continue passing the...
  • Procedure If you want to play it as a team game put students into teams. You (or a student on one of the teams) describe an object. You may decide only to use objects that are in the class, or specific to a place or a topic you've just studied....
  • ProcedureLine up the class in a row facing you.Say a sentence and students have to decide if the sentence is right or wrong. For example, ‘Today is Friday' or ‘There are 14 students in our class today' or ‘Mateu is wearing a green jumper'.If the...
  • It is enjoyable because students are asked to predict the first word, in the same way people try to guess which horse will come first in a race, giving a strong motivation for the short but very intensive listening activity, in the form of a horse...
  • Preparation Prepare an auction sheet with a mix of correct and incorrect sentences, like the example below. If you can find fake money to use it adds to the fun. Procedure Put the students into pairs or small groups and give them the auction...
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  • The activity should work at most levels above elementary, as long as your students have some knowledge of past tenses, but it works best when they also know past continuous too. All you need to get things started is a sheet of plain paper for each...
  • ProcedureSet the scene of a plane accident or ship wreck.A group of students have ended up on a desert island with a few random objects.Bring in a bag of objects from home or things that you can gather from around the school, for example, a coat...
  • It can be especially useful if you have to substitute a class at the last minute as it takes no preparation at all. Each student needs a blank piece of paper and a pen. Tell them they are going into a pre-historic internet chat room so they all need...
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  • Put students in pairs and give them a scene to act out. They are going to have a conversation using an invented language. Explain to your students that gobbledygook is a made up language that is total nonsense. The pair should act out the scene...
  • You can play them a few times. First play with the whole class and then try in groups (good for mixed ability groups).1. Guess the word (can be used for abstract nouns)Choose five words relating to recent conversational themes. Write sets of clues...
  • They really have to concentrate to stay in the game. If you don’t have space to get everyone sitting in a circle or you can’t move the tables you can do it standing up. Procedure
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  • It needs a little bit of preparation time for you to write out the problem cards. This example is set in a hotel, but you can adapt this to any scenario where functional language would be used, such as at the train station, in a restaurant or at the...