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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

Writing Activities Paint Chip Essay Writing I had been experiencing trouble with teaching essay writing for some reason this year. I had seen a video from “TeachingChannel” about using paint chips from the hardware store to teach suffixes, prefixes and root words. This got me to thinking about other uses for this free, colorful resource. […]

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I used to play a game called Sentence Auction. Print up money from your home country and give each group of students the same ammount of money. I used to do $1000 in $10 and $20 bills. Then write a bunch of sentences on the board. Some will be correct, some will contain errors. The […]

This is a great idea for the start of the year.  Give each group of students some card board strips of paper. Also some tape.  Students brainstorm the names of all things in the classroom (in English!).  Then, ask them to go tape the names up around the classroom. First come, first server. After, take […]

This idea works well in pairs.  Model in front of the class first.    1. Write numbers or letters on the back of a student/classmate by using your finger. 2. The classmate guesses the number/letter. 3. Make it more advanced. Larger numbers / words.    You can also do a variation of this by doing […]

It would be great to get students working in teams to write up a dialogue for this cool google doodle video a la Charlie Chaplin. Then play the video as students read out/perform their dialogue. Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

The teacher elicits some verbs from students (4 or 5 verbs) and writes them on the board. Ex: run-eat-see-fly. Give students 2 or 3 minutes to write a sentence with all the verbs from the board in the same sequence without adding any other verb except for auxiliaries. Ex: I was running home to eat […]

Students often have problems with coming up with enough details for their examples when writing descriptive or even persuasive essays. So I came up with this exercise to teach them how to write enough content that the reader understands their examples.  I start by writing this sentence on the board: NLP is one of the […]

Dictagloss is an activity that works with many short texts/passages. I’ve used it over the years and it seems to motivate and “work” because there is a built in task — the task of reconstructing the original text. 1.Let students listen to you or a higher level student read a selected text or story. (don’t […]

# 96 Running Dictation This activity can be used with any level – just use an appropriate text. It is great for introducing a text that you will study in depth through intensive reading. Or it can also be used to finish off a lesson/unit and review the text again… Basically, you have to do […]


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