Here you can find a range of short activities to use in your adult classroom with students at pre-intermediate level. All of our activities are designed around engaging themes engaging and relevant to adult learners of English. Written by 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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Pairwork: What’s in the fridge?

This is a another simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in countable and uncountable nouns, in the question structure – How much … is there? /How many … are there? and the corresponding answers There is … / There are … and food vocabulary. The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with older teenagers.

Mingling: Terry’s trip

This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the past simple, particularly the question form. The lesson is designed for adults but could also be used with teenagers.

The new student role-play

This is a role-play activity in which your students practise asking for and giving personal details and directions.

The longest time

This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It practises the use of the ‘present perfect' to talk about something (an activity or state) that starts in the past and continues now. It could be used to introduce this area or to provide further general practice later.

Sitcom activity: commentary

This activity is suitable for pre-intermediate level students and above. The students work in pairs A and B. They take it in turns to watch a sitcom clip and give a commentary to their partner who cannot see the screen. This is particularly useful for practising present continuous and descriptive language.


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

Holiday destinations travel review

This activity, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from a presentation and controlled practice of the comparative and provides extended practice of this structure.

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