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Vocabulary revision – adapting ‘Codenames’

This guest post was written by Luke Raymond. You can read below about how he has adapted the game 'Codenames' into a vocabulary practice and revision game. He has only used it with upper intermediate adults and teens so far,... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Make and Do – Collocation Revision

This is a quick lesson, including a couple of games, to practise and revise collocations with 'make' and 'do'. There's very little preparation required and it's highly adaptable for use with other lexis or grammar points. The example below is... 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 →

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 →

Practical speaking activity – Lost luggage at the airport

This is a practical speaking lesson, designed to be part of a task based learning style lesson for a strong intermediate class. The material is adaptable for a variety of levels. [CLICK HERE to download the handouts.]    Lead in... 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 →

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 →

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