The 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.
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.
In this post, I am describing 5 ways to end your English class on a high note. I have been using these ideas with my young learners (11 and 12) but, hopefully, some of them may resonate with other age groups as well.
The Internet is full of fun and eye-catching games for younger learners or even low-level adults. What I have been struggling with, was finding suitable online activities for more advanced students that would not be more of the same exam practice or grammar fill-in exercises. Feeling my students would appreciate (and deserved!) some language fun, I started looking for online games and activities I could use in the classroom. Continue Reading …
This post describes 7 ways to create interest in the topic of the class and introduce it in an engaging way which will help increase students’ motivation to participate in the lesson. The ideas below might be easily adapted for different group sizes, levels, and ages. Continue Reading …
This brief warm-up speaking activity discusses the rules of online etiquette aka netiquette. It is great for both teenage and adult students and supplements nicely topics about technology and communication.
This is a great warm-up speaking activity about guilty pleasures that introduces not only vocabulary but also some humour in the classroom. Perfect for conversation classes with teenage and adult students.
This vocabulary game has been one of my students’ favourite for some time now. It is based on the popular word game Pass the Bomb. It helps with spelling and broadens students’ vocabulary in an entertaining way. I often use this vocabulary game with FCE, CAE, and upper-intermediate students. It is a great way to either start or finish the lesson.
Connect 4 word formation game offers the opportunity to practice forming nouns from verbs using appropriate suffixes. It is very helpful for FCE and CAE students preparing for their exams, especially Use of English Part 3 paper. It is played in pairs and encourages competition and strategic thinking.