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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 →

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 →

Classmates Quiz

This is a highly adaptable activity that can be used with various language structures and vocabulary. It requires very little preparation and helps students produce the target language in discrete, logical stages. In the example we're looking at the present... Continue Reading →

Students make their own ‘gap fill’ puzzles

This activity is designed to  recycle new vocabulary and help students produce it and put it in context. In the example my upper intermediate class are revising a set of binomials that we'd studied in the previous lesson from English... 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 →

Simple games you can use with the coursebook

Adapting coursebook material - reading and listening texts With most of my classes I have a set coursebook to follow and I often look for ways to adapt texts or individual exercises to include little games. This post will introduce... 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 →

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