Here you can find a wide range of short activities to use in your secondary classroom. All of our activities are designed around themes engaging and relevant to secondary learners and can be used to complement your school curriculum, giving students an opportunity to develop their English language and skills in motivating and enjoyable ways. Written by young learner 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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I use this activity primarily as a way to consolidate the form of the third conditional, invariably at the end of the first lesson in...

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All levels and ages enjoy tongue twisters. They work well as a warm up to get students speaking, and they help students to practise...

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This is a motivating speaking activity for lower levels to develop fluency. 

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This is a simple game for spoken practice of the third conditional.

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I use this activity as practice for using narrative tenses, particularly past simple and progressive/continuous with pre-intermediate...

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This activity provides students with upper intermediate vocabulary for parts of the body such as blood, liver, lungs etc. and provides...

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Quizzes and trivia games can make a nice change from more typical EFL style activities and it may give students who aren’t the best at...

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This speaking activity is very effective for practising the telling of stories and for learning fascinating things about the students in...

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These are two simple listening activities which test students' understanding of two dialogues.

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Cartoons and comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.

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Magazines are a great source of ideas and materials for teaching and can keep your students interested and talking for hours on a whole...

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Using plays or drama in the language classroom can be both enormously rewarding and enjoyable for teachers as well as students.

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The reasons for using poetry are similar to those for using songs and many activities that you do with songs can be adapted to poetry....

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This is from a song workshop I gave some time ago. Take care with the copyright!

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If learners have access to a computer outside class, they can use the chart together with a dictionary to check the pronunciation of new...

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Video is a great resource to use in class and there are an endless number of ways to exploit it to create motivating, memorable classes...

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Documentary programmes. This is the age when children are very interested in finding out about topics such as space, ancient history and...

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TV adverts - jigsaw viewing. This is based on the idea that student partners are only given half the complete information i.e. one...

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This YouTube activity really gets your students thinking creatively. A short film is played for the students, but they can’t see the...

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Have you tried these practical activities to help students with vocabulary learning? There's something for all ages and levels.

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This is an activity for intermediate level and above that encourages the students to use their creativity and imagination as well as the...

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I am a great believer in teaching phonetic script with new words, alongside their spelling, stress patterns and L1 equivalents.

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If you have an electronic Interactive Whiteboard, or a computer with a data projector, the phonemic chart can be used in class to...

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I have been teaching in Brazil for almost two years and I absolutely love what I do. Throughout these 19 months I have tried some...

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Here are some tips you can give your students to help them with their vocabulary acquisition and self study.

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Certain pairs of consonants can be problematic for some learners. In some cases, the main difference between the pair is whether the...

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This activity is about the uses of water. It looks at how some of us do things with water every day, while some people in some parts of...

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This is a listening and speaking activity for students based on the theme of migration. It should be suitable for adult or young adult...

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This is a pronunciation game I made up called 'What's the pronunciation?'

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This is a pair-work reading, (speaking) and grammar-based activity for elementary students. It mainly practises question formation,...

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