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Wishes and unreal past: games for advanced students

In this post, you can find extra ideas for activities concerning unreal past, wishes, and hypothetical meaning. They were designed for C1/C2 students and aim at providing some context for using new structures. Activities should be used for further practice or revision.

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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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2016 genius inventions lesson plan

2016-GENIUSINVENTIONSLESSON-PLANIn 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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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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Pronunciation Warm-up: Useless and Useful Activities. Guest post by Elena Mutonono

ELENA-MUTONONO-PRONUNCIATION-WARMP-UPS-(2)In her guest post, Elena walks us through introducing effective pronunciation warm-ups to our English lessons. Why are tongue twisters not necessarily the best way to go? What is linking? How to teach it? What do music videos have to do with it? Keep reading to find out.

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June 3-2-1

JUNE3-2-1June was all about videos. In this post, I’d like to share my 3 favourite video tools I have been using to incorporate video clips into my classes, 2 short videos I’ve used with different students on a number of occasions and they were always a big hit, and, finally, my new favourite online video series I’d recommend to any English language teacher and learner.

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My favourite end of term activities

 

 

MY-FAVOURITE-END-OF-TERM-ACTIVITIESAs for some of us this term might be coming to an end, I’d like to share some of my favourite end of term activities. There are 7 different activities described here, falling under 3 categories: Reflective, Competitive, and Rapport Celebration.

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1-2-1 Classes with tweens: my favourite activities, part 1

1-2-1-CLASSES-WITH-TWEENS--MY-FAVOURITE-ACTIVITIESThis school year marks the first time I have had the opportunity to work with younger students on a 1-2-1 basis. My kids are 11 and 12, hence the tween label. In this series of posts, I would like to describe several activities that have worked particularly well during our classes (90 mins once a week). Here, you can read about my favourite speaking activity.

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