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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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Phrasal verbs about food: writing activity

PHRASALVERBSABOUTFOODThis writing activity helps students learn and practice different phrasal verbs about food. It is a perfect fit for classes about nutrition, diets, health, and fitness. It might be used with groups and individual students, levels intermediate and higher.

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5-minute reading activity: misheard lyrics

5-MINUTE-READING-ACTIVITY-MISHEARD-LYRICSThe aim of this brief reading activity is for students to identify and correct misheard lyrics in popular songs. It is a fun activity for both older and younger students which tests their reading comprehension and memory, and also encourages creativity. It is a great way to either start or finish the class.

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Used to speaking activity: life before smartphones

USED-TO-SPEAKING-ACTIVITY-LIFE-BEFORE-SMARTPHONESThe aim of this activity is for students to practice using used to to describe their lives before they had smartphones. The idea came from seeing this photo collection by Eric Pickersgill and reading this article in The GuardianContinue Reading …

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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 …

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Our lives without … speaking activity

This speaking activity encourages students to imagine their lives without something considered quite vital nowadays and describe the new reality. It is a fun activity for levels intermediate and higher, teenagers and adults alike. It offers the opportunity for students to collaborate, exchange ideas, and practice such grammar points as modal verbs or second conditional.

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Speed Discussions speaking activity

SPEED-DISCUSSIONS-SPEAKING-ACTIVITYSpeaking activities often rely on pairing students up with the same speaking partner. This might result in boring, predictable, and demotivating speaking practice. In order to mix things up and expose students to a variety of speaking partners, I propose a speaking activity which I called Speed Discussions as its format resembles Speed Dating. Speed Discussions is a very dynamic activity and guarantees plenty of student talking time. It is a great idea for larger groups but might also be adapted for smaller classes.

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Phrasal verbs about sport: speaking activity

PHRASAL-VERBS-ABOUT-SPORTThis speaking activity helps students learn and practice different phrasal verbs about sport. It is a perfect fit for classes about sport, health, and fitness. It might be used with groups and individual students, levels intermediate and higher. Continue Reading …

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Workplace dilemmas speaking activity

WORKPLACE-DILEMMAS-SPEAKING-ACTIVITYThis speaking activity presents students with four workplace dilemmas in which they need to make a decision. It is a perfect fit for adult students, levels intermediate and above. It might be used during conversation classes as well as to complement lessons about workplace or career.  Continue Reading …

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Phrasal verbs about relationships: speaking activity

PHRASAL-VERBSABOUTRELATIONSHIPS-(2)The aim of this activity is to introduce four phrasal verbs to talk about relationships and practice using them in context. To work with this set of phrasal verbs you might want to choose some activities I described in my previous post about teaching this language point. Continue Reading …