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This is the British Council phonemic chart. Help your students hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols below. Click on the...

This simple activity gives higher-level students the chance to write and act in their own version of Romeo and Juliet.

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

I like to use this activity to promote the use of the superlative form. It utilises a well-known game that students find stimulating and...

This activity is all about fun facts and helps adults or older teenage students to practise question forms. This activity works well...

If you’d like to have a first go at 'Teaching Unplugged' your aim is simply to get students to produce language and then to use the...

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

These activities are all designed to motivate lower level learners to speak in pairs or small groups.

This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic’s Mega-structures series.

'Writing poems? No, this wouldn't work with my students!' If you feel skeptical about getting your students to try their hand at...

The Word Family Framework (WFF) places 22,000 words on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly. This is often because they don’t know what words...

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

Use this activity to practice the use of comparatives and superlatives and to introduce more complex ways of comparison.

This activity is based on the fun and effective game of 'whispers'. It can be used with all ages and levels in a number of ways and for...

This activity can be used in a number of different ways and for a number of different tenses. 

This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with CEFR A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and...

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...

If you teach young learners who are all the same age and live in the same town, opportunities for sharing and comparing life experiences...

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

The following activities are designed to get everyone talking. They can be used with all levels because the language required to...

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

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

This is one of the quickest ways I know of teaching a tale and boosting students’ confidence in themselves as storytellers.

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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Phonemic chart

This is the British Council phonemic chart. Help your students hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols below. Click on the...

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Romeo and Juliet - a class play

This simple activity gives higher-level students the chance to write and act in their own version of Romeo and Juliet.

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Using songs in the classroom

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

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Superlative noughts and crosses

I like to use this activity to promote the use of the superlative form. It utilises a well-known game that students find stimulating and...

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Fun facts

This activity is all about fun facts and helps adults or older teenage students to practise question forms. This activity works well...

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Teaching Unplugged - Activities

If you’d like to have a first go at 'Teaching Unplugged' your aim is simply to get students to produce language and then to use the...

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Thinking time - a puzzle

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

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Motivating speaking activities for lower levels

These activities are all designed to motivate lower level learners to speak in pairs or small groups.

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Megabridges

This jigsaw-viewing activity is based on two video clips from National Geographic’s Mega-structures series.

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Writing poems with ‘Spark’

'Writing poems? No, this wouldn't work with my students!' If you feel skeptical about getting your students to try their hand at...

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Word Family Framework

The Word Family Framework (WFF) places 22,000 words on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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Playing with lexical cards

Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly. This is often because they don’t know what words...

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Pairwork: tai chi classes

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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Three of a kind?

Use this activity to practice the use of comparatives and superlatives and to introduce more complex ways of comparison.

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Pronunciation whispers

This activity is based on the fun and effective game of 'whispers'. It can be used with all ages and levels in a number of ways and for...

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Retelling the story

This activity can be used in a number of different ways and for a number of different tenses. 

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Listen and draw

This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with CEFR A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and...

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My Wikipedia

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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Family snapshot

If you teach young learners who are all the same age and live in the same town, opportunities for sharing and comparing life experiences...

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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...

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Getting the whole class talking

The following activities are designed to get everyone talking. They can be used with all levels because the language required to...

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Transplants

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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Storytelling response tasks

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

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Teaching students the shortest tale

This is one of the quickest ways I know of teaching a tale and boosting students’ confidence in themselves as storytellers.

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Vision off – YouTube technique

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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  • About the chartPure vowels are arranged the same way as in the IPA chart: according to mouth shape (left to right, lips wide / round - top to bottom, jaw closed / open).Diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound.Try some...
  • PreparationDivide students into groups of about three. It is not necessary to have all male or all female groups but you could consider it. Give half the class Card 1 and the other half the class Card 2:Card 1You are 15. You know a very beautiful...
  • Songs can be exploited in many ways.1. The cloze or gap fillThis is the most familiar and popular activity, and for that reason is probably overused. However, there are many important things to bear in mind when using them, and there are many...
  • PreparationHave a selection of superlative adjectives readily prepared. For example strongest, fastest, biggest, heaviest, tallest, most dangerous, etc.ProcedureWrite one of these adjectives on the board and elicit something that each adjective...
  • First the students try to complete some trivia sentences as a warmer. Next, students work in pairs or small groups to complete a ‘Fun Facts worksheet’ and plan the questions. Then they get into pairs to check each other’s answers and practise...
  • Generating the languageHowever, remember that the most important part of 'Teaching Unplugged' for the teacher is not how you generate the emergent language (that is the language that the students produce as they are talking) but what you do with the...
  • In this activity, students work together to solve a 'cocktail stick' puzzle. Students are given plenty of support and use 'thinking time' before the speaking task. The lesson is usually successful with adults and teenagers because of the puzzle ...
  • Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks. Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate 'thinking time' during which learners can prepare for speaking by...
  • PreparationThe lesson involves a jigsaw activity where two groups of students watch two different video clips and then exchange information. The class can be divided into two groups (“expert groups”) and sent to different rooms or students can watch...
  • It is inspired by a song and has always worked for me no matter what level the students were at.Activity type: writing and group workLevel: CEFR A2+Age: teenagers or adultsAims: creative collaborative writing (poems), phonetic development (rhymes),...
  • It shows how words within the same family are placed at different levels and is aimed at teachers who can use it to plan courses, syllabi and lessons. The WFF is the product of an ELT research award and was designed by Richard West.What is the Word...
  • For example, students are familiar with the word party but may not know the verbs have or give that go with it and, as a result, say *make a party. This activity helps students expand their collocational knowledge of the nouns they already know, but...
  • Activity: Find out about the daily activities of another personActivity type: Information gap/exchangeLevel: Up to B1Age: Adults or Senior YLs Preparation Make one copy of the worksheet per pair, and cut into two sheets, A and B. (download the...
  • As a sub aim it also revises various lexical sets depending on the things to be compared. It can be adapted to be used for all ages although it is essential that some previous introduction to comparatives and superlatives has been done. Activity...
  • Procedure
  • I have used this activity to practise there is/are and the present continuous. However it's up to the teacher or students to decide.MaterialsPaper and pencils, orA selection of 'scene' pictures for each member of the class. The pictures should...
  • PreparationTell students they are going to review some phrases for saying where things are in a picture. Write these incomplete phrases on the board:… the top / … the bottom / … the left /  … the right / … the middle / … the cornerAsk students to...
  • PreparationBefore the lesson, make sure there is a Wikipedia entry in English for the place you're going to talk about. During the lesson, access to the internet in class is useful, though not essential; you could use print outs at the comparison...
  • One nice idea with adults, for example, is to invite them to take a 'snapshot' of their lives 5, 10 or 20 years ago, depending on their age, which they can then compare with classmates.But you can take the 'spiral' approach with young learners, and...
  • ProcedureIntroductionTo get the activity off to a good start it’s good to use your best acting skills.
  • Remember to set up and demonstrate these activities carefully before letting the class go ahead.Jigsaw puzzle challenge
  • Procedure Introduce the topic Start by asking the following questions in open class: When do you think the very first heart transplant took place? (The world's first human heart transplant was performed by Christiaan Barnard on December 3, 1967 in...
  • There are no right or wrong answers so there should be no pressure on students. Students can respond as they wish, whether in English or in their mother tongue.PreparationGet ready to tell your students a short and suitable folk tale which you know...
  • PreparationPractise telling this short and simple rhythmical action tale until you know it confidently without looking at the text:Once a poor man dug the ground And what he found was nothingAgain the poor man dug the ground And what he found was a...
  • Students are motivated and have lots of fun. This activity can be used to review present simple tenses, vocabulary for sounds, language of deduction and making comparisons.PreparationOpen the YouTube video Teeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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