Tag Archives: CAE

What’s in the stocking?

This is a Christmas activity which can be used to practise vocabulary (lower levels) and vocab and speculative language (higher levels). Put some items in a stocking, seal it, and give it to the students to pass round, have a good old feel and tell their partner what they think might be inside. “As far […]

Vocab Swap

This is a short activity you can use to practise or revise vocabulary.  All the students are involved in speaking and actively listening and it can be used as a warmer, a game or a filler. When my adult FCE students had arrived last night and we were about to begin the lesson, I asked […]

How To Spot A Liar

I’ve used this activity with both FCE and CAE classes to add another element to speaking practice.  It includes a bit of listening and a spot of lying.  My students enjoyed the challenge of being a convincing liar and also guessing other students’ lies. Start with the trusty old two truths and a lie. When […]

ACEIA talk – Onward & Upward: Advancing Vocabulary

On Saturday, I gave a talk at the ACEIA conference in Seville.  It was the first time I’ve given a talk  to more than 8 people, and I rather enjoyed it.  I hope the participants did too.  I ran out of handouts so here I’ve uploaded it here for anyone who wanted it and didn’t […]

Say That Again!

This is a good activity for practising paraphrasing skills, or for introducing an FCE, CAE or CPE -style Sentence Transformation exercise.  I’ve used this activity in both CAE and CPE classes and I think the students have been surprised at how many different ways they can think of to say something.  They’re also surprised when […]

Christmas Dingbats

This quiz is useful as a warmer or a filler or as part of a larger quiz in a Christmas lesson. It’s not easy – I did it with my advanced students last year and they had a good go at it. I found it on a quiz site called Ken’s Quiz Site. ChristmasDingbatQ ChristmasDingbatA