ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY: FALSE FRIENDS (EDUCATION)

False friends (similar words to your own language with a different meaning) can be a language learners worst enemy as they can easily be confused when speaking. This is a quick speaking activity to help change bad habits and get rid of these common errors. It can be adapted to any set of false friends,… Continue reading ACTIVITY: FALSE FRIENDS (EDUCATION)

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ACTIVITY: PASS THE STORY

“Pass the story” is a classic speaking activity in ESL that works a language learner’s ability to be creative and write on the spot. The concept is simple; the participants need to write a small section of a story in the tense requested by the teacher in a time limit set by the teacher. They… Continue reading ACTIVITY: PASS THE STORY

ACTIVITIES

SPEAKING ACTIVITY: 5 THINGS

“5 THINGS” is a free speaking paired activity that aims to increase a language learner’s capacity to be flexible with language use. The speaker needs to avoid repetition and give original answers based on the topic. The idea is to give 5 examples in a mini-monologue and also some reasons behind them, and then the… Continue reading SPEAKING ACTIVITY: 5 THINGS

ACTIVITIES · PHRASAL VERBS

VOCABULARY ACTIVITY: JEAPODY – PHRASAL VERBS

Jeapody is a classic vocabulary activity that is used across the world with language learners. It can be adapted to any type of word patterns HERE, collocations HERE or phrasal verbs HERE. Jeapody is a simple game in which learners of English can test their understanding of phrasal verbs. Each person needs a copy of… Continue reading VOCABULARY ACTIVITY: JEAPODY – PHRASAL VERBS

ACTIVITIES · B2 · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2): TRAVEL SPEAKING

Speak with your partner about your travel preferences (likes and dislikes), your past experiences and also your future plans and intentions: If you could give someone one travel tip, what would it be? What things can a backpacker do to save money? How can people get to know new cultures better while they are abroad?… Continue reading FCE (B2): TRAVEL SPEAKING

ACTIVITIES · B1 · SPEAKING · STUDENT

PRELIMINARY (B1): SPEAKING PART 3

Speaking part 3 of the Preliminary B1 speaking exam consists of a long turn, in which candidates must speak for about 1 minute about a topic, using an image. The examiners are evaluating the candidates ability to organise their speech and develop a topic without repetition. They are also focusing on the candidates ability to… Continue reading PRELIMINARY (B1): SPEAKING PART 3

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ACTIVITY: SPEED DATING VOCABULARY

Speed dating is a great activity for incorporating new vocabulary into your speaking. It can be done as a group activity or in private classes. The only material needed is a vocabulary list and a stopwatch. The great thing is that it can be adapted to almost any topic: free time, work, education, travel, people,… Continue reading ACTIVITY: SPEED DATING VOCABULARY

ACTIVITIES · READING · STUDENT

EMAIL (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

Fill in the gaps with one word: (more than one option may be possible) Dear Neil, Thank you very much for your letter, it was great to hear from you after so many months and I have so much to tell you. My hometown, _____ (1) you know, is a university city in the centre… Continue reading EMAIL (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

ACTIVITIES · READING · STUDENT

LETTER (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

Fill in the gaps with one word: (there may be multiple answers)   Dear Peter. I’m glad to hear from you. It has been way too long and I haven’t heard anything _____ (1) you in ages. What kind of things have you been up to? Let me tell you about what´s going on in… Continue reading LETTER (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

ACTIVITIES · B2 · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2): SPEAKING ABOUT TEENAGERS

Would you say that stereotypes about teenagers are unfair? Why do teenagers need more sleep than people of other ages? What can your teenage years be such a difficult time? How do the media usually portray teenagers? How can teenagers find a balance between their studies and their social lives? Which typical mistakes do parents… Continue reading FCE (B2): SPEAKING ABOUT TEENAGERS