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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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Small talk improv speaking activity

In this activity, students improvise situations in which they are forced to make small talk with random people they bumped into in random places. It is a great game to start or finish your more advanced classes. It helps students work on their fluency and think on their feet in English.

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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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Genius inventions lesson plan

In this lesson students discuss the usefulness of various 2016 inventions. In the second stage of the lesson, students work with word formation exercises, modelled after Cambridge Advanced Use of English Part 3. The lesson is aimed at B2+ students, especially those who are planning to take the Cambridge Advanced exam. The class takes around 45 minutes to complete.

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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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Problem solving speaking activity: part 2

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

The 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

In this post, I am describing 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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