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 Grammar7
Grammar BACK TO SCHOOL Ice-Breakers
Grammar Alternative hangman ...
Grammar Chains There are two main types of chains; the first kind is a sentence containing a particular grammar poi...
Grammar Find someone who? This is a typical Monday morning warmer, where the students have to wander around talking to their f...
Grammar Grammar auction Most teachers learn about the grammar auction during their initial training, but just in case you fo...
Grammar Unfinished sentences It is generally agreed that students focus more on a particular structure during either written or o...
Grammar Student need to SWRL every day The domains of language acquisition, Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening need to be equally...
 Listening6
Listening Making listening tasks easier, part 1 There are several ways to alter a listening task to make it easier. First you have to decide what th...
Listening Making listening tasks easier, part 2 There are several ways to alter a listening task to make it easier. First you have to decide what th...
Listening Making listening tasks easier, part 3 Problem The listening task is too easy. Solution Make the task more difficult. If you w...
Listening Radio news A very useful source of authentic listening material is radio news. Most countries have an English-l...
Listening Television news At the start of a news broadcast, there is usually a preview of what is to come, along with pictures...
Listening TV Dictation Have students focus on the dialogue contained in a scene by listening for particular vocabulary word...
 Pronunciation5
Pronunciation Combining vocabulary revision with pronunciation One way to ensure students can identify and recognise a particular sound is to play this game based ...
Pronunciation Homophone story Homophones, as we all know, are two or more words which have a different spelling but the same pronu...
Pronunciation Phonetic dominoes Are your students bored with boring pronunciation exercises? Try this as a possible solution. We...
Pronunciation Practising sentence stress and intonation Write the following sentences on the board : 1. I think Oxford is so boring! 2. I don't b...
Pronunciation Shortened sentences To sensitize students to the idea that meaning can be judged largely by intonation can be illustrate...
 Reading5
Reading Improving speed reading ...
Reading Newspaper stories Using newspapers in class is a very good idea. The language is authentic, and students should get us...
Reading Stories from ingredients Students' imaginations are vast. However, if they are asked to write a story in class, usually...
Reading Statistics Reading passages don't always have to concentrate on words; for scanning skills especially, a ...
Reading Text re-ordering With reading passages, there are alternatives to giving students the entire reading passage to read....
 Speaking8
Speaking A quick warmer Lost for a warmer first thing in the morning? Well, with zero preparation you can walk into the clas...
Speaking Another quick warmer A warmer with no preparation time needed, and which always gets a few laughs is the non-stop speakin...
Speaking Dominant students in speaking activities Sorry about the long-winded title! Okay, so you want to have a speaking activity, maybe a debate or ...
Speaking Stories from nothing Here's a nice 'trick' to play on a student, which also gets a good story from a cl...
Speaking Giving and receiving blind instructions Most students will use their English over the telephone, and using a foreign language over the telep...
Speaking Picture differences You know when you were young and you had these puzzles where there were two pictures, identical, exc...
Speaking Picture ordering Get a cartoon story made up ideally of as many pictures as there are people in your class, or of at ...
Speaking Television adverts These can be used in a number of ways with classes. I approach them as part of an advertising &rsquo...
 Vocabulary7
Vocabulary Call my bluff This game is as old as the hills and a bald man called Robert Robinson has hosted a TV show with thi...
Vocabulary Collocation and Idiom in L1 If you are dealing with monolingual classes and are interested in teaching collocation, the first th...
Vocabulary Formal and informal language A Job Interview "Alright Mr Jones?" "How's it going Mr Bradshaw?" "Sit down." "Cheers." ...
Vocabulary Pete's hidden word game This game can be a lot of fun when you have an animated class. You choose one word for each member o...
Vocabulary Vocabulary revision Remember, studies suggest that 80% of what someone has studied is lost from memory within 24 hours. ...
Vocabulary Receipts Receipt roleplays When setting up a shop roleplay, instead of using character cards, hand each pa...
Vocabulary Silent Movie With audio off: -Have students predict the situation and characterizations based on viewing an en...
 Writing3
Writing Circle stories This activity has the motivational element of students not knowing exactly what the entire compositi...
Writing Correcting written work When a student hands in a piece of written work and you mark it, correcting the mistakes and giving ...
Writing Dictagloss This is an oldie, but a goody. It's a writing exercise that combines communication, grammatica...
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