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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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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 →

Starting a Vocabulary Box / Wordbag


As mentioned previously, I'm making more of a focus on vocabulary this year, and one of the things I'm going to be working with is the vocabulary box. Now this is obviously not a new idea and it's not even... Continue Reading →

All is not what it seems – The Little People Project


Back in December I posted on "nine pretty pictures" - ways of exploiting images with learners. I recently came across "The Little People Project" - though unfortunately I can't remember where - it might have been The Guardian, but I'm... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Fo(u)r Recalling Words…


On the fourth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  fo(u)r recalling words Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs worth... Continue Reading →

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