Recipes under the ‘High School’ Category

This idea can be used for any category to see who in the class likes X or Y. Here’s an example using pop groups. Brainstorm some of the student’s favorite pop groups. Write them on the board along with ways to say you like them or don’t like them. Next, on a small slip of […]

As a warm up today I passed out playing cards to my 34 5th graders (face down on desk). I had them place the cards on their foreheads without looking. I cautioned them that they were NOT to indicate (with words or gestures) what the cards were to their neighbours, that this wass a serious […]

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This is a recipe for any kind of theme.   1. Ask the students, what are the top 10 X (example. Cities in the world – see as youtube video below and here as a gif book) 2. Give students 5 minutes to brainstorm a list in their group. 3. Ask students for their guesses. […]

This video makes a great prediction or writing exercise. Just stop and pause and then students guess what happens next. Loads of possibilities to teach with this. Teachers can download the video on EFL Classroom 2.0 for use offline. Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

I had a nice time in a teacher training session with this video chant commercial. Just play and stop between the parts of the man/woman.  Divide the class in half with the woman / men repeating the line each time you stop. Then, play again but shut off the video audio and get students to […]

One great recipe is to play a video with vocabulary content. Not flashcards but something real and beautiful.  Then, students either write or speak or brainstorm all the vocabulary from the video in the specific category you mention.  An example is the video Forgotten. Play and get students to list all the places in the […]

This is an excellent video to study places in a house. As the video plays, you can have students note the places in the house.  Check by replaying.  Ask the students how the place has changed, what was happening in the room and what is happening now. Lots of critical thinking embedded in this simple […]


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