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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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Body language conversation class

BODY-LANGUAGE-CONVERSATIONCLASSThe aim of this class is to practice speaking skills in the context of talking about body language. One of the language goals is  creating nouns from adjectives. It is suitable for adult learners, levels B2 and up.

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My three favourite activities for first lessons with adults

MY-FAVOURITE-ACTIVITIES-FOR-FIRST-LESSONS-WITH-ADULTSIn this post, I am describing my three favourite activities for first lessons with adult learners. I have been mostly using them during my individual classes. The objective is to learn more about the students through conversations and initially assess their language.

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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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Alphabet of the obsolete: speaking activity

ALPHABET-OF-THE-OBSOLETE-SPEAKING-ACTIVITYIn this activity, students practice expressing and justifying their opinions discussing this brilliant cartoon by John Atkinson. It is a great discussion generator for conversation classes with adult and teenage students. It might come in handy when talking about such topics as technology, change, society or lifestyle.

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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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5×5 elementary speaking activity

5x5ELEMENTARYSPEAKINGACTIVITYThe aim of this speaking activity is for the students to learn bigger chunks of language to be able to talk about themselves and/or other people. The activity is based around 5 verbs: be, have, work, go, and like. It is something I came up with for my 1-1 classes with beginner / elementary adult students in order to get to know them better.

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Speaking prompts for advanced students: photos

SPEAKING-PROMPTS-PHOTOSHow far would a conversation class go if the only discussion prompt was a single photo? No topic, no questions, no pre-determined outcome. Just the picture. Does it even make sense? This post describes how I decided to find answers to these questions.
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Country themed emojis speaking activity

COUNTRYTHEMEDEMOJISPEAKINGACTIVITY-(3)The aim of this speaking activity is to discuss notions that students find representative of their countries. It is suitable for intermediate and more advanced students, and complements such topics as national stereotypes, culture, and cultural differences. It was inspired by this article about Finland releasing a Christmas calendar that “is all about Finnish feelings represented in a set of emojis.” Continue Reading …