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Present perfect practice

Here's a quick instructional video for a very adaptable classroom game: I've written about this game in a previous post, with an example using conditionals, so for a full written version of the instructions you can [click here] The game... Continue Reading →

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Role play – practice and production

This post is a brief outline of a teacher development session I've presented several times so far this year, including the IH Brno and IH Minsk conferences. This post is primarily a series of links, each of which is a... Continue Reading →

Games to practise phrasal verbs

This post outlines a number of strategies that can be used to help students practise phrasal verbs. While students play these games they are forming personal contexts for a difficult to understand part of the English language. The recycling and... Continue Reading →

Micro Role Play 2 – challenging and creative

This speaking activity is designed for upper intermediate and advanced students. You can find a version for lower levels by clicking here This game is a fun and memorable way to practice grammatical structures, and in the example we’re looking... Continue Reading →

The Prediction Game

The lesson plan below shows how you can adapt a textbook or exam based listening activity. The focus is on exploiting the students' own knowledge, and the language in the text, by spending more time examining the language before and... Continue Reading →

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 →

Chapter 1 – The Comparatives Game

I'm writing a resource book and I've just finished chapter 1, which you can download below. It's a 13 page booklet, including instructions, demonstrations and all the cards you need to print and cut out. Here's a preview of the... 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 →

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