Tag Archives: vocabulary

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 […]

Shoot Out

This game can be used as an icebreaker, a warmer or a vocabulary exercise.   I’ve never used it as an icebreaker although I wish I had as it would be a good one for learning names.   I have recently used it as both a warmer for a some sleepy teenagers (there was a […]

Amy’s Game

This is a very simple warmer that can be good for revising vocab or introducing a topic.  I used it yesterday with three different FCE classes (teenagers and adults) at the beginning of a writing lesson.  We were writing scary stories for a Halloween competition and so I wanted to get them thinking about spooky […]