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What is the difference between travel & tourism? – A TED talk comprehension activity

  I was looking through some TED talks today, which I often do when I want some inspiration (for life as well as class!) and came across this brilliant guy who travelled from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Paper Chains – an ELT activity

Not just for Christmas decorations – although why not, if you use festive colours! Cut up a pile of rectangular pieces of coloured paper – say 15cm x 5cm and write a word on each one, you can use them … Continue reading

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How to sew a button and other useful lessons to teach in ELT class

The great thing about teaching English is that it’s just an excuse for learning lots of other stuff. This week I’m sure my students went away having actually learnt something useful, here’s what we did: Ask the students how to … Continue reading

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Portmanteau words

I love these! You know words like brunch, smog, and our favourite at the moment – Brexit! Rather than teach a lesson on brexit I thought it would be more fun to do one on portmanteau words, there are loads, … Continue reading

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Mood boosters for fast Finishers

It’s been a while since I posted so I thought I’d offer you a little gift for being so patient with me. I love using Fast Finishers activities (the book is a bit of a giveaway!!) and here are some … Continue reading

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A listening (drawing) & writing activity

I have this brilliant student called Aurelien, actually I have lots of brilliant students but this boy often comes up with ideas that I use in class or share with other students. The other day Aurelien and his partner came … Continue reading

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Things to do with a paper clip

You’ve probably seen activities like this before, as many things as you can think of to do with a cabbage, a brick etc. Apparently (or so I tell my students!) NASA use this creativity test in their selection process, I … Continue reading

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How to get them writing

I have an uncomfortable relationship with writing, I mean I know it’s important, parents are always asking me if they do plenty of writing – especially those of higher level or English speaking students – it is one of those … Continue reading

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Great games for lessons

All too often when we talk about games in language lessons we mean some “fun” way of practising the present perfect for with a dice or a board for example, I’m not sure all my students are convinced by this! … Continue reading

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#ELT Project Ideas for teens

  Write a letter – last year we wrote a letter to the queen, who replied. This year we wrote to Harry, who apparently has been to busy to answer. So next year, rather than write one letter from the … Continue reading

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