Grammar Dominoes [Teaching Tip]

Here’s an activity you can use for first, second or third conditional. I’ll use third conditional for this example; Dominoes; put the tables in two rows, and split the class in half. Hand out pieces of paper with half sentences written on them to each team. Make sure you have; the beginning of the sentence…

Song Word Race [Teaching Tip]

This is a great activity to wake your students up! Choose a song that you think your students will like, and contains grammar and language suitable for their level. Choose 10-15 difficult words from the song and write them on separate pieces of paper or coloured cards. You may want to drill the words with…

Railway Carriage Game [Teaching Tip]

Write out a number of slips of paper of some unusual (but not wacky) sentences. You will need at least one slip per student. Some examples: Can you see it? You’ve stolen my phone! Where’s my ball? I’ve lost my shoes! I’ve eaten snails. She was born in 1963, you know. It’s so stuffy in…

Reading Newspapers [Teaching Tip]

There are more ways than one to deal with that interesting but long article you found in the newspaper and are desperate to make use of in class. These suggestions should help your students lose their fear of English newspapers. Give mid-length stories to pairs who then decide how they would retell their story in…

Vocabulary Post-Its [Teaching Tip]

Vocabulary learning trick! Tired of setting the usual homework tasks? Bored of “Write the answers to this exercise” or “Write a story about blah blah blah”? Here’s a fun idea! Even if you think it may not work for your students, it might give you some ideas. Vocabulary Post-Its activity for your students – Walk around your home with 30…

Tongue Twisters [Teaching Tip]

Students from different native languages have certain difficulties with pronunciation. For example Spanish speakers have difficulty with the different between /v/ & /b/ and many students from some Asiatic countries find /r/ difficult to say. To help practice these sounds, here are some tongue twisters you could teach them. Peter Piper picked a peck of…