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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 →

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 →

Playing board games in class – Adapting ‘roll and move’ games

When you look online for grammar or vocabulary board games you often find simple 'roll and move' games. This post will look at ways we can expand this style of board game to make it more fun and a better... Continue Reading →

Caption competition (so/such/enough/too)

This is a very easy game to set up and a fun way for students to produce the target language while trying to make each other laugh. In this example we're using so, such, too and enough with a B1+... 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 →

Games to practise grammar in class – to be able to

In this post I'd like to outline an example of using games to encourage collaboration. The games can be found on the British Council site 'Voices' and you can follow the link by clicking here. Below I've written a bit... Continue Reading →

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