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Mike Astbury

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Encouraging self correction

I think it can be extremely useful to include additional steps in your feedback to allow students to self-correct. If students are given a chance to examine, and re-examine, their own work, they are more likely to spot mistakes and learn... Continue Reading →

Prepositions of place game – ghost hunt

Summer School Games – Episode 1 This is a quick game for elementary and pre-intermediate younger learners. It’s an idea that originated from Miriam Austin, who I worked with at IH Newcastle. It’s a practical way for your students to... Continue Reading →

The Yawhg – a game review

The Yawhg is an enchanting story telling game on PC. It makes a perfect end of term treat for older teen, and adult, classes that appreciate something a little different. It involves reading, discussion and decision making in small groups.... Continue Reading →

Present perfect practice

Here's a quick instructional video for a very adaptable classroom game: I've written about this game in a previous post, with an example using conditionals, so for a full written version of the instructions you can [click here] The game... Continue Reading →

Role play – practice and production

This post is a brief outline of a teacher development session I've presented several times so far this year, including the IH Brno and IH Minsk conferences. This post is primarily a series of links, each of which is a... Continue Reading →

Games to practise phrasal verbs

This post outlines a number of strategies that can be used to help students practise phrasal verbs. While students play these games they are forming personal contexts for a difficult to understand part of the English language. The recycling and... Continue Reading →

Micro Role Play 2 – challenging and creative

This speaking activity is designed for upper intermediate and advanced students. You can find a version for lower levels by clicking here This game is a fun and memorable way to practice grammatical structures, and in the example we’re looking... Continue Reading →

Micro role play – future conditionals and time expressions

This game is designed to help students practice vocabulary as well as grammar. The lesson below was made for upper-intermediate students, but the same strategy could be adapted for various levels and ages. This is a 'micro role play' where... Continue Reading →

The Prediction Game

The lesson plan below shows how you can adapt a textbook or exam based listening activity. The focus is on exploiting the students' own knowledge, and the language in the text, by spending more time examining the language before and... Continue Reading →

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