Where’s my cheese? (IWB) lesson plan revising some prepositions of movement

Level: elementary to pre-intermediate.
Ages: kids, teens and adults.
Type: competitive games; controlled and freer practice using worksheets.
Skills: speaking; listening.
Language focus: vocabulary and grammar – revising prepositions of movement.

TD: screencast – simplifying texts for your learners using VocabProfile

In this post, I explain how to use a vocabulary range finder to help you minimise the number of low-frequency words in a text. I explain when and why this can be a very useful thing to do, and list a couple of alternative uses of the range finder as well.

12 ways of creating stories with your EFL students

Embedding target vocabulary and grammar points in vivid and emotionally-engaging stories is a great way to help your students remember more from their lessons, and remember them better. Here, I share twelve ways you can create stories with your learners.

Four Ways to Use a Future Forms Revision Board Game

Level: strong elementary to advanced.
Scope: teens to adults.
Type: board game.
Skills: speaking and listening (student conversations).
Language focus: “going to” and “will” future forms; any and all future forms revision.

Conversations from student-generated questions

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: adults.
Type: conversation/fluency practice from student-generated, written questions.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: grammar – question-formation; vocabulary – informal/conversational; other grammar and vocab points as they arise.

Text reconstruction activities

Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: older kids; teens; adults.
Type: a variety of activities to do with reconstructing texts.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: grammar – textual cohesion; other grammar and vocab points as they arise.

Language activities with Wordle and word clouds

Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: kids; teens; adults.
Type: quite a few uses for the famous word cloud generator, and some links to many more.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation.
Language focus: various vocabulary and grammar points.