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Note down, pair, share listening and speaking activity

NOTE-DOWNPAIRSHARELISTENING-AND-SPEAKING-ACTIVITYThe aim of this activity is for the students to practice their listening and speaking skills. It is suitable for any level, groups of 2 and more students. It is best used to create interest in the lesson topic or to close the class.

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All the colours around us lesson plan

ALL-THE-COLOURS-AROUND-US-LESSON-PLAN In this lesson, students talk about the effect colours have on our lives, learn new adjectives to describe the area where they live, and practice the language of persuasion. It is suitable for levels B2-C1.

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Problem solving speaking activity: part 2

MOREPROBLEM-SOLVINGACTIVITIES-(1)I have compiled a list of 15 problems to which students need to brainstorm solutions. This list is a result of classes I have taught to teenage and adult students. It is a perfect fit for conversation classes. The topics include: family life, relationships, neighbours, and shopping.

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Grammar revision with a music video: 4 ideas

Grammar-revision-with-a-music-video-4-ideasThe aim if this class is for your students to revise a number of grammar points: using narrative tenses, modal verbs, third conditional, and wish/if only to express wishes about the present and the past. The lesson is based on the music video to the song Shot at the Night by The Killers. It is suitable for levels upper-intermediate, advanced and students preparing for Cambridge exams.

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How a new word enters an Oxford dictionary lesson plan

HOW-A-NEW-WORD-ENTERS-AN-OXFORD-DICTIONARY1In this lesson students look at some new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, discuss the importance of updating dictionaries in general, and do a listening activity. Suitable for adult and teenage learners, levels intermediate and above.

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Using past modals for speculation and deduction: 3 activities

3-ACTIVITIES-TO-PRACTICE-PAST-MODL-VERBS-(1)In this post, I am describing 3 activities where students practice using past modal verbs for speculation and deduction. I have been using them with upper-intermediate, advanced, FCE, and CAE students who often struggle with the concept of using modal verbs for something other than expressing ability or obligation.

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5 word formation games for FCE and CAE students

5-WORD-FORMATION-ACTIVITIES-FOR-FCE-AND-CAE-STUDENTSIn this post, I am presenting 5 games that help students recognize and form different parts of speech. They are especially useful for students preparing for Cambridge exams (First and Advanced). I have been using these activities to revise and practice vocabulary and to offer some alternatives to typical Use of English exercises.

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First Certificate Mad Libs

FIRSTCERTIFICATEMAD-LIBSIn this activity, students fill in the blanks in the text with the appropriate type of word. Each blank notes what kind of word should go there: noun, verb, adjective, or adverb. This activity is based on a popular party game, Mad Libs, and is suitable for FCE students who need more practice differentiating between various parts of speech.

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An interview with your future self: speaking / writing activity

INTERVIEWWITHYOURFUTURESELF-(1)The aim of this activity is to provide students with a context to revise present, past, and perfect tenses. I planned it with my teenage students in mind and the inspiration came from this article. It might be executed as a speaking or writing activity. Suitable for levels intermediate and higher.

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