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Vocabulary with a twist

Secret word

This is a vocabulary revision game for E8 and other intermediate students. Let your students try their hand in the ‘Secret word’ alphabet game. The game is obviously just a starting point. After playing the game I suggest one or two of the following follow-up tasks:

  • Give your students 2-3 minutes. They must add one more word to as many letters as possible.
  • Choose one letter. Give your students 2-3 minutes. They must write down as many words as possible beginning with this letter.
  • Ask your students to give the definitions of the words which were not the correct answers in the game.
  • Some of the words which were not the correct answers actually are fake words, they do not exist. Ask your students to identify them and then to give them meaning and write definitions.
  • Ask your students to make stories in pairs or small groups in which they’d use the ‘fake words’ in the ‘new meaning’. It will be the other group’s task to deduce the meaning of the fake words from the context.
  • Give your students one exam topic, for example, School, Social Life or Sport and 2-3 minutes to write as many words beginning with a chosen letter as possible.
  • Give your students one exam topic, for example, Work, Food or Culture and 2-3 minutes to write as many words each beginning with a different letter as possible.
  • Give your students a few exam topics, for example, Health, Nature, House, Man, Shopping, Crime and Science. Choose one letter. Let the students write one word in each category beginning with this letter.

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Grammar rocks

Mixed tenses – conversation classes

This is a typical conversation lesson ideal for practising and revising the main tenses in English. Good for A2-B1 students. For some activities you’ll need a dice. Some of them may also be writing tasks.

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Grab it, teach it - ready lessons

Whodunnit

This is a no-prep lesson on crime. Not only does it involve a bit of writing and a lot of speaking, deduction and arguing but it also triggers students’ creativity. You just show your students a couple of pictures and they prepare the whole lesson for you. You don’t even have to know who the murderer was. Let the students decide. A small tip – don’t neglect the first stage – make sure your students develop the characters in a lot of details. The lesson is suitable for almost all levels, you just skip the debate part in case of less advanced students. My A2 class coped with it and enjoyed it a lot.

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Grab it, teach it - ready lessons

Art

This is a ready lesson on art. Your students will match the quotations of famous artists, watch a Ted Talk and answer some questions and do some paraphrases. And most importantly they will be able to talk and talk and talk. In the form of the presentation, this lesson can be used on online lessons.

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Grammar rocks

Paraphrases – advanced

A few paraphrases to do with your advanced students. Remember that practice makes perfect. So although your students may not be too fond of grammar, the more they practise the better they become at it.

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Grammar rocks

Paraphrases E8

Paraphrases can be a real nightmare for our students no matter the level. No wonder we have to practise them as often as possible. They also reveal the problematic areas we should deal with on our lessons. I hope this presentation will be helpful in your classes.

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Grammar rocks

Conditionals

This is a lesson on Conditionals. It makes students revise different kinds of conditional sentences, develops their creativity and makes them speak a lot. It includes also mixed types but you may skip them with lower levels. Let me know whether you used it in class, please.

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Grab it, teach it - ready lessons

Mindfulness

This is a ready lesson on Mindfulness. All you need to do is click on the link below and use the presentation in class. The students will discuss mindfulness, do the listening and reading task, enrich their vocabulary, involve all their senses. This is not an easy lesson but my students enjoyed it a lot. I do hope yours will do as well.

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Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups

A picture is worth a thousand words

I personally hate questions such as: ‘How did you spend your last weekend?’, “What interesting did you do yesterday?’. But we need to practice past tenses with our students. This exercise is ideal for a warm-up. Ask your students to choose one famous character (real or fictional) and a picture that would illustrate the way the character could spend their last weekend. Students work in pairs. One is a famous person, the other a journalist who has to learn as much as possible about the celebrity’s weekend. They talk. Then the journalists share the most interesting facts about their celebrities with the rest of the class.

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Drop Everything And… Teach

Hi English Teachers, great to see you here!

My name is Kinga and this is my blog for all the great teachers of teens and adults who also believe that ‘sharing is caring’. I’m going to share a couple of teaching ideas and materials with you every now and then. I’d appreciate all your comments and opinions. I do hope you’ll have as much fun using those materials in class as I usually have.

So why don’t you just Drop Everything And… Teach?