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Cleft sentences role play

In this quick speaking activity students practice using cleft sentences (It + be, What, The reason why, It wasn’t until). It was designed with C1 students in mind. It works with both groups and individual learners. It takes up to 10 minutes and is perfect for revision, warm-up, or finishing the lesson. Continue Reading …

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Fashion and politics lesson plan

This lesson plan looks at the relationship between fashion and politics and engages students in the discussion about our perception of public figures based on their appearance. The lesson involves speaking practice, a vocabulary section, and comes with a fun video activity. It is suitable for levels B2 and up. It takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete.

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Subject-verb agreement revision/extension

SUBJECT-VERB-AGREEMENTLESSON-PLANThe aim of this lesson is to revise/extend students’ knowledge about subject-verb agreement and practice using it in the context of talking about the use of smartphones. I designed specifically with my B2/C1 students in mind. To teach it you are going to need this worksheet and this presentationThe activities take app. 45 minutes. Continue Reading …

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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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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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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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Past modals speaking activity: abandoned places

PAST-MODALSSPEAKINGACTIVITYThe aim of this activity is to practice using modal verbs to speculate about the past. It is suitable for levels intermediate and higher. It is a good choice for students preparing for their FCE or CAE exams who need to work more on the use of modal verbs. It is based around the photos in this online article.

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