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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 →

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 →

Deduction Puzzle

This activity was designed for PET speaking part 3 but can also be used to practise using modals of deduction and describing people's features, clothing or mood. It is ideal for students who find exam practice stressful and is great... Continue Reading →

Agree or disagree (and why?)

Scaffolding discussions for quiet students Some of my new classes this term have students who either whisper, speak in L1 or stay completely silent during speaking activities (even at int/upper int level). Part of this reluctance to speak seems to... Continue Reading →

‘Get to know you’ questions

I use this activity as a ‘get to know you’ with new classes and it can be adapted for any level. It can also serve as revision for question forms which I’ll come back to at the end. This idea... Continue Reading →

Is it true? – Story telling game to practise narrative tenses

This is a quick game for intermediate level students and above. I made it as a mingle for new students to get to know each other but over time it has shown that it's a good exercise for practising the... Continue Reading →

Quick lesson – Housemates

Speaking lesson - describing people and personalities This activity has been made for a strong intermediate or upper-intermediate class. Below you will find everything you need including the worksheet, full instructions and some additional ideas. Before the lesson print and... Continue Reading →

First, Second and Third Conditionals Game

Adapting games – Truth be told with second conditionals Truth be told is a game that encourages players to be creative. It’s similar to games like Dixit, Absolute Boulderdash and Pictionary which create a context for players to be interesting... Continue Reading →

Speaking game with personality adjectives

This is a game for upper-intermediate and advanced students. It was designed as a  speaking game and serves as a revision tool for two lexical sets: professions and personality adjectives. The main focus is a better understanding of the subtleties... Continue Reading →

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