This activity is a great writing task to use in the first week or so with a new group.

The activities that you use in your first lessons are very important and are likely to set the tone for the rest of your classes.

The following activities focus primarily on fluency and are suitable for intermediate level and up. They will give you a chance to get...

Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.

If summer holidays are approaching it can be nice to base some of your lessons around this seasonal theme. Here is a selection of...

Here’s a second group of tasks to get your students in the mood for summer. Some of these tasks are more suited to intermediate learners...

This teaching tips looks at how to adapt materials for different age groups.

All classes are mixed ability to one extent or another. Extreme cases, when you have near native level speakers with beginners, can be...

Making sure that students understand what is happening in the lesson and that they have understood the language you have taught them can...

Christmas is an excellent theme for adding games and fun to your teaching. Most students enjoy festive lessons if your activities...

When you’re planning your lessons do you ever think about the layout of the classroom?

No matter how interesting and well prepared our lesson may be, it can be ruined by a confrontation with students.

Drama techniques which focus on getting across meaning with body, as well as words, are very useful for the language classroom.

As you come to the end of your course, you may be thinking about what to do in the last few classes with each group.

One of the main dilemmas for teachers giving conversation groups is error correction. It’s always tricky to know when and if to correct...

Good classroom management skills are essential to the smooth and efficient running of any classroom.

Learners beyond intermediate level require more opportunities to speak at length. It can be a challenge to find interesting topics and...

Developing spoken fluency with learners at low levels can be very challenging, but here are some tips and activities which may help.

Both adults and children need practice at talking to be able to develop their speaking skills, but that things that stimulate them to...

Getting teenagers to use English in class and practise their speaking can be a challenging task, but there are some tips and hints which...

Pages

2
This activity is a great writing task to use in the first week or so with a new group.
0
The activities that you use in your first lessons are very important and are likely to set the tone for the rest of your classes.
0
The following activities focus primarily on fluency and are suitable for intermediate level and up. They will give you a chance to get to...
0
Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.
0
If summer holidays are approaching it can be nice to base some of your lessons around this seasonal theme. Here is a selection of...
0
Here’s a second group of tasks to get your students in the mood for summer. Some of these tasks are more suited to intermediate learners...
0
This teaching tips looks at how to adapt materials for different age groups.
1
All classes are mixed ability to one extent or another. Extreme cases, when you have near native level speakers with beginners, can be very...
0
Making sure that students understand what is happening in the lesson and that they have understood the language you have taught them can at...
0
Christmas is an excellent theme for adding games and fun to your teaching. Most students enjoy festive lessons if your activities encourage...
0
When you’re planning your lessons do you ever think about the layout of the classroom?
3
No matter how interesting and well prepared our lesson may be, it can be ruined by a confrontation with students.
0
Drama techniques which focus on getting across meaning with body, as well as words, are very useful for the language classroom.
0
As you come to the end of your course, you may be thinking about what to do in the last few classes with each group.
0
One of the main dilemmas for teachers giving conversation groups is error correction. It’s always tricky to know when and if to correct...
2
Good classroom management skills are essential to the smooth and efficient running of any classroom.
0
Learners beyond intermediate level require more opportunities to speak at length. It can be a challenge to find interesting topics and we...
0
Developing spoken fluency with learners at low levels can be very challenging, but here are some tips and activities which may help.
0
Both adults and children need practice at talking to be able to develop their speaking skills, but that things that stimulate them to talk...
0
Getting teenagers to use English in class and practise their speaking can be a challenging task, but there are some tips and hints which...

Pages

  • The language is graded for vocabulary, complexity of grammar structures and also by the number of words. They are made to cater for all levels from beginners through to advanced. Many schools use graded readers so find out if your school has some....
  • Here are a few short activities for your last month or weeks with them.Keep in mind that:We need to take responsibility for what the students have learned from us and with us.Students also need some type of conclusion to their work with us and this...
  • The following activities add a lighter touch whilst tapping into students' interests and sense of fun. The key is to choose subject matter in tune with the students in your classes.Just a minuteEach contestant is given a topic and must talk for one...
  • Here are some tips to: Shift the task focus from you talking to them (they have to talk to each other) Give them control of their own discussion Give them practice in formulating their opinions within a controlled framework.Discussion envelopes
  • Christmas quizFind or write a simple text about Christmas.For lower levels, give them multiple choice questions to answer, such as Where does the custom of Christmas trees come from? What is another name for Father Christmas? How many days are there...
  • You can bring whole magazines to class to stimulate interest in British culture, to introduce the topic of media and language or just to help students get to grips with handling a whole publication in English. If possible, it's good to use copies of...
  • These techniques:Encourage creativity of thoughtAppeal to reluctant speakersAppeal to the more 'physical' learnerReinforce understanding of language as a way to communicate meaningAre suitable for all levelsWords with mime and movementThis is an...
  • Where do you start? How do you choose a topic? Which order do you do the tasks in? What if you run out of time? What if you run out of materials? Ah! So many things to think about! In this tip I aim to answer these questions and give you some ideas...
  • In these cases it’s important to remember that all students will get something out of the class, but not necessarily the same things, and not necessarily what you aim to teach them! For example, the beginners may begin to get a grasp of your...
  • Songs sung in English are listened to around the world and students can often feel real progress in their level of English when they can begin to sing along to the chorus or even just to be able to separate what at first seemed to be a constant...
  • Even experienced teachers often feel nervous on day one with a new group and many claim that the adrenaline actually helps the class go well. So, don’t panic if you feel a few butterflies in your stomach.There are several things you can do to help...
  • The activities below are ways for students to enjoy the music of English.PoemsChoose short simple poems that are close to students' lives. These poems are not for heavy analysis.They are for saying aloud.Give pairs a poem to read together. Ask them...
  • Postcard prompts 
  • Cartoons are powerful teaching tools and can:Tell a complex story in a few imagesProvide comment and provoke thought on events and issues in the newsGive an example of vocabulary related to current trends and fadsProvide easily identifiable...
  • IntroductionIn the last teaching tip we looked at how to adapt materials for mixed ability groups. This is the most common type of adaptation that teachers have to do. However, there are times when you may have to adapt materials because of the age...
  • TipsProvide careful preparation – give lots of vocabulary practice and language practice beforehand.Offer visual support – a grid to follow, a table to complete or a series of picture cards to hold will help students focus and remember languageHalf...
  • Here are a few suggestions for activities using realia and to consider why we may want to bring things into the class.Why use realia in class?The main advantage of using real objects in the classroom is to make the learning experience more memorable...
  • Any authentic material exposes students to some 'real English' and can be very motivating for your students, provided they are supported throughout the task. The other great thing about poems is for students to have the opportunity to see the...
  • 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...
  • It can be the case that some of the least able English students are really good at general knowledge, so tasks using trivia can help to boost their confidence and increase their motivation levels.Preparing trivia quizzes can be quite time consuming...

Pages