Levels: pre-intermediate to proficiency.
Ages: older teens and adults.
Type: ice-breaker; developing conversation.
Skills: speaking; listening; reading; writing.
Language focus: reviewing emergent grammar; practising question formation in English; extending vocabulary in a personalised way. Continue reading Three things
Here, I share a few different ways you can use a very simple prop – some blank index cards (or just any scraps of paper big enough for your students to write some phrases on). Continue reading 6 activities with index cards
Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: using word clouds to generate discussion and build rapport.
Skills: reading; writing; listening; speaking.
Language focus: grammar – textual cohesion; any other grammar and vocab points as they arise. Continue reading Class introductions using Wordle and word clouds
Levels: beginner to low pre-intermediate. Teachers with higher level classes might want to use my friend Jackie’s interview lesson, which you can find here.
Ages: teens; adults
Type: conversational; “breaking the ice”
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (intonation patterns and individual sounds).
Language focus: introductions; any grammar and vocab that arises. Continue reading First Lesson: Low Level Ice-Breaker
Type: creating a poster of English words and phrases; “breaking the ice”.
Skills: writing; pronunciation (of the words and phrases that arise).
Language focus: vocabulary. Continue reading Brainstorming with Beginners
Ages: older teens; adults.
Type: conversational; revision of relative clauses in an informal context; practising attentive listening and polite turn-taking in informal conversations.
Skills: listening; speaking.
Language focus: grammar – relative clauses; vocab – introducing topics, giving opinions, deferring, agreeing and disagreeing, expressing doubts. Continue reading 12 minute Relative Clauses Revision Activity