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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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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Doing surveys can be a useful way of getting your students to interact, produce question forms and collect and analyse real information...

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The main focus of this activity is on developing writing skills, but it's also good for developing listening speaking and reading skills...

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The present perfect is a tense that many students have problems with. Most course books provide only controlled grammar sentences where...

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This activity gives learners at an intermediate level and above the opportunity to use interactional language in a role-play situation...

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Students are often asked to listen to tapes or to their teacher talking, but it can be just as useful to encourage them to listen to...

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The activities that you use in your first lessons are very important and are likely to set the tone for the rest of your classes.

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The following activities focus primarily on fluency and are suitable for intermediate level and up. They will give you a chance to get...

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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 rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.

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If summer holidays are approaching it can be nice to base some of your lessons around this seasonal theme. Here is a selection of...

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Here’s a second group of tasks to get your students in the mood for summer. Some of these tasks are more suited to intermediate learners...

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At the start of the school year I ask my students to 'Adopt a word' and share it with the class.

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This is a whole-class speaking activity, needing no preparation, that gets the students practising question forms in a way that is...

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This is a great way to start a lesson with a free-speaking activity. I call it ‘ARM exercises’ which is simply short for Accept, Reject...

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

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Here are some AfL activities to try with your learners.

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In the event you have students who are stressed out or just plain bored by the dull approach to teaching grammar, there's a game you can...

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This is a fun activity using music which can be used with all groups.

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This activity simulates ‘chatting’ – a popular (online) communication process which has features common to both speaking and writing.

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I first did this activity to supplement a unit in one of the better known Pre-Intermediate coursebooks which had a focus on school, and...

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Christmas is an excellent theme for adding games and fun to your teaching. Most students enjoy festive lessons if your activities...

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This is a speaking exercise for modal verbs used to express possibility, for intermediate / upper-intermediate classes.

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At the start of a CLIL art and design course pupils will need to know the English words for the equipment they will be using in class....

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I like to use this activity to promote the use of the comparative form. It is a fun guessing game that encourages creativity.

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This is a creative-writing exercise in which the teacher moulds the story but allows plenty of scope for the students' creative...

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This activity really makes writing in class fun. I have used this activity for years and it has always been a hit. It's good practice...

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This is a great activity for getting students talking. I have used it successfully with many different levels and age groups and have...

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

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This is a speaking activity based on the theme of being stranded on a desert island. It is suitable for pre-intermediate students...

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