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A Video Lesson Template


This is a lesson template that works with any age, level or video clip - as long as the clip doesn't have any dialogue.  Short animated videos or clips are best, and there are plenty out there.  My personal favourites,... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Disemvoweled


t's nt lwys tht sy t rd txts tht hv hd ll th vwls tkn t f thm.  Whch f crs s wht mks t sch gd ctvty fr th lngg clssrm.* Taking the vowels out of words is not... Continue Reading →

Collocation Connections


Here's a little test for you to see how good you are at spotting collocations.  The words in the grid below can be put into four collocation groups.  Can you figure out (a) what the groups are?  (b) which word(s)... Continue Reading →

Words with Multiple Meanings


Here's a nice infographic from the Kaplan blog about words with multiple meanings.  I can think of three immediate ways to exploit this with a class: (1) Prediction - give students the keywords.  Students then think of as many phrases... Continue Reading →

Warmer / Filler: What are my words?


This vocabulary revision activity requires minimal or no preparation on the part of the teacher.  I've been using it with classes that found "Don't make me say it!" too difficult or time consuming.  It's certainly easier for lower levels! The... Continue Reading →

Warmer: Don’t make me say it!


This is a vocabulary revision activity that I used as a warmer with my classes last week – from intermediate to proficiency. I went back through the previous couple of units of the coursebook and chose 12 items (words, phrasal verbs,... Continue Reading →

Anagram spelling dictation


Quite a nice vocabulary revision activity, this is something I tried with an intermediate kids class the other day. Kids in particular, often persist in using L1 pronunciation to spell words in English and this is quite a good way... Continue Reading →

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