Lesson Plans & Activities

This is my treasury of “good ideas”, i.e. some activities and ideas that went well with my classes and proved that they really work in the classroom.

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It's Saturday. Your long-awaited day off at the very end of the year. A new ELT-related article pops up in your blog news feed. C'mon, it's Saturday! Who reads blog posts ...
Shakespeare's Home Town Virtual Tour
So tomorrow is Shakespeare Day, remember? Have you prepared your arsenal of tried and tested activities yet? Or has the Bard become totally irrelevant?I've recently had an amazing podcast experience ...
schwa maze
Ready for a pronunciation challenge? As I am closing down My English Domain website for learners, and moving my ELTCATION blog to its own domain, I am moving some posts ...
It’s that time of the year again – the time to prepare and engage in festive activities, and extend warm wishes for a joyous Holiday season. This year, I've planned ...
Fun pronunciation games for learners of English Paraphrasing the famous song, 'It's raining sounds, hallelujah.' This post introduces a few interactive games that can aid in teaching the sounds of ...
Question Charts and Developing Learner Autonomy with AI Have you ever used Question Charts or Q-Charts as a resource for your students' learning?Q-charts are excellent tools that can be used ...
Have you tried TextFX yet, or Get Inspired If you haven't given TextFX a try yet, you're in for a real treat. This isn't another 'save time for busy teachers' ...
language games to play with ChatGPT
Games to play with AI-driven chatbots A common-sense warning: Before you assign any game with ChatGPT or an AI-driven chatbot, teach your students how to use this powerful tool sensibly ...
*I wrote this post a year ago, so some things in the world of AI have changed. If you haven't found 'the' idea, try our Five-Minute Activity Generator. Add information ...
Let's get ready to rumble! Fight, fight, fight, fight! It's EdTech Vs Good Teachers: Who Wins and Who Loses?These days we receive so much training on the 'how-tos' of using ...
are you more like?
Are you more like a teacher or a holidaymaker? GO!Now take a look around and see who feels the same way.  Teachers, give a high-five to someone in your group ...
Fancy playing a quick game? Name 3 concentration killers in 5 seconds.Five,four,three,two,one...Time's up! Back to work.It’s commonly known that giving students a break is one of the most effective ways ...
Need to fit vocabulary revision into an hour?Here's a short post on how to use revision clocks to review any themed vocabulary your students have studied.   Resources: A sheet of ...
Writing a (Serious) Product ReviewFirst, create an awesome title for the review. 'All We Want to Do is Homework', Said No One Ever. 'Homework Can Be Fun', Said the Users ...
Following up on the fascinating post by Tekhnologic providing an interesting insight into the use of the PechaKucha presentation style in a low-tech classroom It’s Time for PechaKucha: Do it with Style, I’ve ...
Fun brain teasers for language learners  I've just added two more language brain teasers to my Top 10 of Top 100 brain teasers that work in the classroom and get learners ...
Tomorrow is April 1, and that means only one thing - it's time to let your inner prankster out! My April Fool's Day Pranks for 2022: There’s Nothing Like Home-Grown ...
halloween idioms
"Halloween is in the air, the moon is full, beware beware!" Halloween is most definitely in the air. I got quite a lot of positive feedback on my recent Music Idioms ...
"Think, think, think." - Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh turns 95 years young this October, so I thought it would be a good idea to play one of ONE-SENTENCE ...
Where do ideas come from? 1. Ideas don't come from watching television. Seth Godin Unless you are a language teacher. This source of inspiration has never failed me, not once ...

 

 

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