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This is an easy but fun lesson to practice geography, question making and language skills.

1. Choose one student who comes to the front of the class.

2. The student writes in big letters on a piece of paper with marker, a country or place in the world. 

3. Students have 10 guesses/questions and after that they must decide where the student is. Questions must be Yes or No (direct).…

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Posted by Jonathan Rogue
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This is a great game that is easy to start/finish. 

1. Get students in small groups. 

2. Select 3 categories. Ex. Food  / Country  /  Verb

3. Select a letter from the alphabet.   Ex. G

4. Students have to write down a word beginning with that letter for each category. First to finish and say “Stop The Bus!” wins the point. 

5. Keep playing til…

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Posted by David Deubelbeiss
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This is a standard game and can be played to practice a variety of language forms (or just for fun!). 

I use it to practice the difficult “have/has been …” present perfect tense. 

Put the forms on the board.   The …….(s) has / have been …………..

1. One student is elected and asked to stand outside the classroom.   

2. Students move / change 5 -10 things in the…

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Posted by John
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This is a fun activity to do at the beginning of the school year or course. But works any time. 

Ask students to bring in 5 photos with family and friends in them. Have some of your own to provide to students who forget or don’t bring some – they can make up the answers!

Model by showing a photo of your own and get students to ask you questions…

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Posted by David Deubelbeiss
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Here is an activity for vocabulary revision. This activity works well with the students who need constant control for vocabulary revision.

First, we need to make sure that we have spent enough time on teaching vocabulary, then we can divide the class into two (according to the number of people in the class) .We will pick up a word from our target list. Suppose that the target word is “Choose”…

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Posted by Elmas Onbaşı GüL
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Asking your questions

Students get a chance to ask each other questions, then try to guess the original questions based on a handful of answers.


B1 – above

30 minutes


1. Before class, make copies of the handout (see at the end of this recipe).

2. Ask your…

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Posted by Hall Houston
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Mr. Bean

I have used this recipe to hilarious effect over my teaching years. Always a winner! 

It focuses on the present perfect continuous tense and gets students practicing this form/conjugations.

Come to class dressed up kind of looking like Mr. Bean. Tell students you are Mr. Has Been.  Have a set of flashcards or word cards with verbs or places etc….  Ex. eating chinese food…

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Posted by David
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collage-rectImages are powerful materials that a teacher can use to help students learn language.

Just released is the “50 Ways To Use Images In The Classroom” list.  A great resource with loads of examples and instant recipes. Check it out. 

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This is a great way to practice the future tense and learn about each other. Adapted from Jill Hadfield’s “Communication Games”.

1. Ask students about their resolutions. Put the target language on the board – “This year, I will / I resolve to / I’m going to ……….

2.  List some of the common resolutions as you discuss.

3.  Students write down 3 resolutions and then go around the class surveying classmates. They…

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This is a pair activity for practising giving advice. Make ten problem cards. Choose ten students who will tell their partner about his/her problem. Then the partner will give them advice.  These cards  can be used for practising second conditional using “If I were you, I’d…, you should, you could…). You can find my set of cards at the following link

Posted by Gordana Popovic

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