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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 →

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 →

‘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 →

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