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grammar games

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 →


Chapter 1 – The Comparatives Game

I'm writing a resource book and I've just finished chapter 1, which you can download below. It's a 13 page booklet, including instructions, demonstrations and all the cards you need to print and cut out. Here's a preview of the... Continue Reading →

Adapting the alibi game – part 1

The alibi game is popular with teachers and students. It's an effective way to practise narrative tenses and question forms. There are lots of versions of this activity out there but for the purposes of part 2, where we'll be... Continue Reading →

Three ways to use Dixit in the classroom

Dixit is a popular storytelling board game that includes eighty colourful and imaginative picture cards. In this post I'm looking at how you can use those cards in some interesting ways. How to play I have often played Dixit with... Continue Reading →

I wish

This is an adaptable freer practice activity which I have used when teaching various grammar structures. In this example we're looking at 'I wish...' with the past simple. I have Jane-Maria Harding da Rosa to thank for this activity. She... Continue Reading →

Too many lessons, too little time

This is a guest post written by Šárka Cox and Peter Nobbs. Here are a number of quick speaking activities that can be used to practice a range of grammatical structures using a single resource, a set of verb phrase... Continue Reading →

Classmates Quiz

This is a highly adaptable activity that can be used with various language structures and vocabulary. It requires very little preparation and helps students produce the target language in discrete, logical stages. In the example we're looking at the present... 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 →

Unfolding mysteries – a game to practise modals of deduction

This is a game that helps students practice and produce past modals in a fun context and encourages them to be creative. The plan below includes detailed instructions and the game cards. It was made for a group of B1+ students... Continue Reading →

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