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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 →

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 →

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 →

Say the Same Thing

I first saw this video last year, but I was reminded of it at the weekend thanks to Lisko MacMillan who used it as part of her excellent session at the Teacher Training day in Torun. Watch the first minute... Continue Reading →

Word formation – a game to practise noun suffixes

This is a quick and simple game to practise word formation, in this case making nouns from verbs and adjectives using suffixes. This post includes everything you need to play the game and illustrated step by step instructions. This was... Continue Reading →

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