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David Petrie

First (FCE) Speaking Video Lesson


This is a lesson I put together for my class, who are rapidly approaching their exam dates and who need to review what goes on in the Cambridge English: First Speaking paper. I ran this as a bring your own... Continue Reading →

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Blog of the Month Award Winner!


Many thanks to all the amazing people on the Teaching English - British Council Facebook page who voted for this post to win the April Blog of the Month award! Voting, I should say means engaging with the piece in... Continue Reading →

Words they won’t know…


This is a vocabulary review / revision activity, that can be adapted for ability and time.  I'm currently using it as a warmer, but you could extend it into a more meaningful activity easily enough. I split my class into... Continue Reading →

Cheating


"All the class cheat.  And all the years cheat.  The teachers don't know, but they all cheat.  Everybody cheats." - Student X. ***** It came up in class after a discussion on honesty - so I started talking to all... Continue Reading →

A lesson on Spam Emails


This is a lesson I have been doing with my advanced and proficiency classes for a couple of years, but I have only just got round to writing up for the blog. It works on both receptive and productive writing... Continue Reading →

Ten to One – a review and revision lesson / activity


This is a lesson that I used with my classes recently as a review before they did a progress test.  It would also work pretty well as an impromptu cover class in an emergency! What I did: I looked through... Continue Reading →

Take a break. You’ve earned it.


Dear Teacher, I just wanted to say well done!  You made it to the end of the 2018! I have always found the winter term to be the longest and the hardest of all to get through.  Even when I... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lesson Activities – Part 2


Last week, I shared four Christmas themed activities to use with your class, either as separate activities, or as a single lesson.  This week, I'm doing that again!  Here's five activities for you to use with your classes.  As with... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lesson Activities – Part 1


As Christmas is just around the corner, here are four of my favourite activities to do with a class.  These are not age or ability specific, as I tend to use them with whichever groups I'm working with that year... Continue Reading →

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