Here you can find a range of short activities to use in your secondary classroom with students at intermediate level. 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.


This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic's Megastructures series.

Deja vu

This speaking activity gets students to think in English and use their memory, simultaneously. It is a simple way of recycling texts previously studied in class.

I couldn't believe my eyes

In this activity the teacher creates situations for the students to get plenty of practice with the form and meaning of the past perfect.

Storytelling response tasks

Response tasks are designed to give students the chance to express themselves creatively and openly, not for comprehension checking.

Ask and imagine the story

This is a story-telling activity which involves the whole class, and may be used with adult or younger learners.

Making a class magazine

Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

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