Tag Archives: speaking

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Forum Theatre for building confidence and fluency

You’re a 13-year-old school student. You’re away from your home and your family. How do you tell your host family that you don’t like the food? Perhaps your teacher can help you work it out with this Forum Theatre style activity. I had intended to have written about this and more by now, but I threw […]

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Star register – make your register work for you

How do you do the register with your kids’ classes? Do you use the time to revise new language? Do you get the students to take turns to do it? I want to share with you something I did last year with my classes of 5 to 6-year-olds which worked really well.  It took a […]

Power Pose (How to pretend to be a confident speaker)

I’ve had a bit of a holiday from writing blog posts, but I’ve still got lots of ideas to share and I’m aiming to post something every week for the rest of the summer. Here’s the first: Before their FCE exams in June, my intelligent but quiet Spanish teenage students (all girls) all expressed that they were […]

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Wooden Spoon Speculations

I found this game on a party games website sometime a couple of years ago. It’s a guessing game that works well in a class of students who are fairly comfortable with each other and have a good sense of humour.  Students can use it to practise speculative language. Equipment needed: 2 wooden spoons; one […]

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Ghostwriter

This speaking and writing activity can be used for any topic and almost any level.  The activity requires students to put themselves in their partner’s shoes and therefore they really have to listen to each other. At the end, they get to read about themselves, and who doesn’t love that! The bonus result is that […]

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Bucket

You don’t actually need a bucket for this activity. You could use a basket, a box, an envelope, a mug, etc. It’s a game taken from one of my major sources of inspiration – improvencyclopedia – and  is a great way to practice vocabulary with higher levels.  Students win points for using new vocab (with […]

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Me too!

This is a great speaking activity that can be used as a warmer or as a short speaking activity to practise a grammar point or  some vocabulary or anything.  I got it from colleague in a sharing session after the ACEIA conference, where it was one of the activities presented by Teresa Bestwick (see her […]

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New Year’s resolutions + needs analysis

Happy new year! I hope you’ve had a good break. I know I have! Have you made any new year’s resolutions? I’ve vaguely made some, one of which is to spend a bit less time attached to my laptop, so I will be aiming to post weekly rather than daily from now on! Having said […]

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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 […]

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All I want for Christmas is… Now with elementary YL version too!

Everyone loves presents.  But what’s the one thing you REALLY want? And can you make a good case for it to Santa Claus? This lesson involves some Christmas vocab, open-cloze, listening to a song, pronunciation and speaking and culminates with giving a convincing speech to Santa Claus about the one thing you really want for […]