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

Gap fill poems - activity
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I like to use this activity to introduce poetry into the classroom and to raise learners' awareness of the beauty and fun to be had with...

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This activity looks at the problem of whether verbs are followed by the gerund or infinitive. At Upper Intermediate level (B2 on the CEF...

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

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This activity is great for last lessons of a course, but could be used in other contexts too. It is influenced by an idea from Headway...

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This activity can be used with intermediate and upper-intermediate students and practises fluency as well as story-writing skills. It...

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In this activity students find out about another country and put together an article. It can be used with students at intermediate level...

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

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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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Homophones can be one of the reasons students spell or hear something incorrectly. By raising learners' awareness of these types of...

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

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This activity provides short listening practice based around a phone call to a hotel to enquire about reservations.  

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This activity practices students’ listening and speaking skills. They first listen to a description of two images and then they analyse...

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Despite the fact that most communication is face-to-face, most listening material does not train students to cope with this.

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This is a fun speaking activity in the form of a game. It can be used with most levels and most age groups. Students practise presenting...

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This is an approach to reading that involves the students in speaking and summarising skills. It is very useful when working with short...

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It's possible to adapt many classroom activities to make them suitable for a Learning Circle. Here are a few ideas.

Lexical Approach Classroom Activities - activities
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These activities are only available as a download because they are fairly long and provide full reading texts. They are related to the...

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These activities are good for training the students to hear everything and to identify individual words.

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A persistent problem area for students is phrasal verbs. This story activity presents the verbs in a context helping the students to...

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This activity is based around a website that tells the true stories of some people who migrated to Australia many years ago.

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This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the past simple, particularly the...

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This (diagnostic) activity is designed to give students freer speaking practice in the form of mini-talks. The teacher then focuses on...

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This is an activity 'about' the internet, but it doesn't start online. In fact it has to start offline: the idea is that students try...

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Newspapers are a useful tool in the ELT classroom for improving reading skills and enhancing students' knowledge of current affairs.

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This is an activity which is really useful for helping learners to write more fluently and can also help you to diagnose problems with...

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In this speaking activity students have to look at how to encourage migration to an imaginary city. They look at a number of projects to...

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In this activity students will practice forming questions and explore opinions regarding migration. They will create their own...

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One of the good things about migration is the opportunities it brings for learning about other cultures. In this speaking and discussion...

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This is a simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the present simple question form – What...

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