Here you can find a wide range of short activities to use in your adult classroom. All of our activities are designed around themes engaging and relevant to adult learners and can be used to complement your course curriculum, giving students an opportunity to develop their English language and skills in motivating and enjoyable ways. Written by English language teaching experts from around the world, our activities are easy to use and aim to give your students the skills and confidence they need to enjoy learning English.

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

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This is an idea I learned when I first started teaching and still use to this day. The main focus of the activity is on developing...

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Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role...

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In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.

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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...

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A short series of activities designed to provide students with essential vocabulary and listening practice to help them communicate in...

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

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This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France...

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This activity attempts to challenge some of the preconceptions that people often have about immigrants by looking at a group of artists...

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This activity provides short listening practice based around a dialogue in a workplace.

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This activity provides short listening practice based around a dialogue at a train station ticket office.

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This activity provides short listening practice based around a telephone message from a woman to her friend. The message relays...

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

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This is an activity to be carried out before introducing phonemic symbols.

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In this speaking activity the students tell personal stories which are prompted by pictures.

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

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

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This is a speaking activity in which learners answer questions about their past, present and future, and identify how they change.

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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...

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

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