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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 →

Word Formation 2 – Adjectives

This is a follow up on the word formation game I made last month. It extends the game and reinforces the importance of spelling. I've also included a new set of cards with adjectives. Click here to download the game... Continue Reading →

Quick Discussion Activity – Cities and Amenities

Here's a quick speaking game that encourages collaboration and improvisation. It was designed to help students practise FCE speaking part 3, but would be suitable for general English classes too. The cards you need to play the game can be... Continue Reading →

Word formation – a game to practise noun suffixes

This is a quick and simple game to practise word formation, in this case making nouns from verbs and adjectives using suffixes. This post includes everything you need to play the game and illustrated step by step instructions. This was... Continue Reading →

Games and Strategies to practise Key Word Transformations

This post will outline a number of ways to practice key word transformations from the Cambridge exams while revising grammar rules, vocabulary and register. All of the ideas in this post were designed with PET, FCE and CAE classes in... Continue Reading →

Helping students get good marks in exam writing – organisation

This post outlines some activities to help students write well organised pieces of writing, specifically addressing the Cambridge exam mark scheme. I wrote a post about 'content' last week that you can find by clicking here. In the example we're... Continue Reading →

Helping students get good marks in exam writing – Content

This post outlines an activity to help students focus on following the instructions in exam questions and include everything that's required. This is specifically addressing 'content' in the Cambridge exam mark scheme. Content - Answer the Question This is a... Continue Reading →

PET Practice Paper 1: Reading 1 + 2

This is the first part in a series looking at the PET exam and how we can make interesting and confidence building classroom activities using past papers, helping students develop exam strategies in stages. Some these activities could be adapted... Continue Reading →

Class story

An activity that involves collaboration with the whole class to write a story that uses the target language. In the example we're looking at non-defining relative clauses with a B1+ teen class, but adaptions for other grammar points and levels... Continue Reading →

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