30 September, 2016
A short series of activities designed to provide students with essential vocabulary and listening practice to help them communicate in...
25 June, 2016
This activity provides short listening practice based around a dialogue at a train station ticket office.
15 June, 2016
This activity provides short listening practice based around a dialogue in a workplace.
6 June, 2016
A short series of activities designed to provide students with essential vocabulary and listening practice to help them communicate in...
4 June, 2012
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 go...
20 March, 2012
Use this activity to practice the use of comparatives and superlatives and to introduce more complex ways of comparison.
11 May, 2011
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 Pre-...
1 February, 2011
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...
30 November, 2010
This is a fun listening activity that can be used with adults and secondary groups. It exploits the Big City Small World audio soap from...
2 November, 2010
This is a simple speaking activity that can provide practice for describing personalities. The lesson is designed for adults but could also...
20 October, 2010
This is a simple listening activity that can be used with adults and secondary groups, and is based on LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts....
3 February, 2010
This is a another simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in countable and uncountable nouns,...
20 January, 2010
This is a simple mingling activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the past simple, particularly the question...
16 September, 2009
This is a role-play activity in which your students practise asking for and giving personal details and directions.
25 March, 2009
This activity is suitable for pre-intermediate students and above.
11 March, 2009
This is a speaking exercise for pre-intermediate level learners and above. It practises the use of the ‘present perfect' to talk about...
11 February, 2009
This activity is suitable for pre-intermediate level students and above. The students work in pairs A and B. They take it in turns to watch...
14 January, 2009
This is a speaking activity in which learners answer questions about their past, present and future, and identify how they change.
22 December, 2008
This lesson is suitable for pre-intermediate students and above.
3 December, 2008
This activity, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from a presentation and controlled practice of the comparative and...
22 October, 2008
In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.
3 October, 2008
This activity practises discrete vowel sounds. It practises both speaking and listening skills. It works well in pairs or in groups and...
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24 August, 2008
I use this activity with higher-Elementary level students, primarily to practise vocabulary and collocations related to house and home, but...
8 May, 2008
The chart can also be used to highlight both patterns and variations in sound and spelling correspondence.
5 September, 2007
This activity gives students maximum speaking time and helps develop fluency. The slightly ‘unusual’ classroom set-up seems to encourage...

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1 May, 2012
This is a simple pairwork activity that can be used with low level groups to provide practice in the present simple question form – What...
19 October, 2011
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 and...
5 July, 2011
This is one of the quickest ways I know of teaching a tale and boosting students’ confidence in themselves as storytellers.
15 September, 2010
In this speaking activity students think about and discuss a city they would like to live in for a year. The activity is based on themes...
18 August, 2010
This activity is based around a website that tells the true stories of some people who migrated to Australia many years ago.
23 June, 2010
This activity is a role play that allows students to take control, decide how the story will develop, and use their imagination. It can be...
22 January, 2010
This activity practices students’ listening and speaking skills. They first listen to a description of two images and then they analyse the...
22 January, 2010
This activity attempts to challenge some of the preconceptions that people often have about immigrants by looking at a group of artists...
22 January, 2010
This is a listening activity aimed at intermediate level adult and young adult students.
24 November, 2009
This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France,...
Gap fill poems - activity
2 October, 2009
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...
26 August, 2009
This is a reading and speaking activity. Students make decisions in pairs or groups with the aim of going on a successful holiday. It is...
17 August, 2009
In this activity students create a profile for a group of people and imagine their relationships to each other. They then construct a soap...
22 July, 2009
In this speaking activity the students tell personal stories which are prompted by pictures.
1 July, 2009
This activity looks at the problem of whether verbs are followed by the gerund or infinitive. At Upper Intermediate level (B2 on the CEF...
16 April, 2009
This latest activity in this series is suitable for intermediate + level students.
1 April, 2009
This activity is designed to be used as a consolidation exercise for the third conditional.
4 March, 2009
These activities are designed to provide practice for learners preparing for the IELTS, TOEFL and FCE tests.
4 February, 2009
This is a further activity based around sitcoms, and is suitable for intermediate - upper Intermediate levels.
31 January, 2009
This activity is suitable for intermediate level students and above. Students create a new sitcom in groups.
7 January, 2009
This is a group-work speaking activity for intermediate level and above, where students are asked to make choices about the future economic...
19 September, 2008
Here is an activity to challenge the students' reading skills at intermediate level and give them controlled speaking practice in a role...
19 June, 2008
This activity is designed to be used as a warmer for Intermediate level learners. It could be used to generate interest in amazing facts as...
British and American English - activities
21 May, 2008
This activity is designed to be used when teaching or practising the difference between British and American English vocabulary.
24 April, 2008
If you've got a confident class with a passion for debate this activity could be the ideal way to allow learners to let off a bit of steam...

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22 September, 2010
In this activity students will practice forming questions and explore opinions regarding migration. They will create their own...
1 September, 2010
This is a speaking task that encourages students to empathise with other people and try to understand them better. The activity uses a...
25 August, 2010
One of the good things about migration is the opportunities it brings for learning about other cultures. In this speaking and discussion...
22 January, 2010
This is a speaking and listening activity that involves students in thinking about the kinds of problems and challenges they might face as...
12 May, 2003
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...
2 February, 2003
This is an activity for advanced or, at least, upper intermediate students.
22 November, 2002
Directed activities related to texts (DARTs) are activities which get students to interact with texts. Their aim is to improve students'...
23 June, 2002
This is an activity for more advanced students. It is diagnostic because it reveals the mental picture of English sounds that students have.