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Speaking Exams in Masks


It is the time of year when many students are doing their Cambridge exams – many have probably already done theirs but I know there are some doing theirs in July (such as my Advanced group) and it's still not... Continue Reading →

Sound stories for Narrative Tenses


This is an activity that I did with my students today as part of a past tenses review.  This was a Zoom lesson, so while it is easily adaptable for face to face, it's probably more useful for online classes.... Continue Reading →

End of Year: Superlative Students Activity


This is an activity that I've just put together for my classes as we come into the final week of the school year, I'm calling it "Superlative students". It's relatively simple, as long as your students know superlative structures! Ask... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Fake News – and the Present Simple


This is a variation on the Truth or Lie activity that you all probably know and love. The original is a nice way of getting students to practice using the present simple, essentially the teacher dictates / writes on the... Continue Reading →

Great site for conversation classes


Running a conversation class can often be a difficult thing for teachers, especially if there is no syllabus or course plan to follow, or if the class has been going for a number of years with largely the same students... Continue Reading →

Reviewing the School Year: A Lesson


The last lesson of the school year is often a tricky one to manage.  Often, neither you or the students are in a particularly useful frame of mind - the energy and creativity is dwindling and it can be difficult... Continue Reading →

Say what you see – vocabulary and images


This is an activity that I used as a warmer with my classes last week with great results!  It works really well for vocabulary review, with lower levels, but also with extending and developing the range of vocabulary that exam... Continue Reading →

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