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Picture prompts – ice breaker and more

This is a very simple activity, but its an excellent way to get to know new students and is highly adaptable for use with new language, revision and more. I first saw this idea in a training session by Dave... Continue Reading →

Hiking Adventure: role-play games in the classroom

This speaking activity was designed for an advanced level class, but it could be used with upper-intermediates with some pre-teaching of vocabulary and a some extra support. Preparation This game is played in groups of three or four. Each group... Continue Reading →

Adapting the alibi game – part 2

If you haven't heard of the alibi game you should read part 1 first by clicking here The 'alibi' game requires students to invent a story in pairs and then recall the details, while being interviewed by other students. It's... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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