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.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids back to schooling and teachers so dear, it's the happiest season of all. Here are my favourite activities (this ...
There may be many reasons why some people talk a lot but rarely listen. Apparently, they enjoy the sound of their own voice. The hidden reason can be that that's how ...
It's that time of the year when teachers can finally breathe again and take an inventory of their toolkits. Brain breaks and time fillers It’s always a good idea to ...
Through #MyClimateAction, National Geographic is sharing amazing stories of guardians of the planet - people who are proving the power of one. This lesson plan is designed around a 5-minute ...
Foldable Word Builder for Low Resource Classrooms Here's a new addition to my WORD GAMES collection (see some of the games in my WORD GAMES post) - the Foldable Word ...
What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'manpower'? A. Working men B. The Marlboro Man C. Working women. Really? On the International Women's day, the British Council ran a ...
Finger Twister: the Present Simple Tense Review - Are there any games to teach the Present Simple tense? My kids forget it so quickly. You can turn any drill into ...
People see love in the simplest things like the scent of rain, the taste of burek, or the sound of 'new' words in their student's answer...Well, the latter is probably ...
Colouring for Language Learning: A Set of Activities A splash of colour may be all they need. Colouring has become the latest most popular trend for unplugging and taking a ...
It's that time of the year again. The time to decorate the Christmas tree, do Christmas quizzes, make Christmas dishes, browse through the history and traditions of Christmas, or do ...
10 Ways to Gamify Drilling Activities: Make Drilling More Meaningful and FunAll you need is a sheet of paper.* * *This post shows how the use of game mechanics can help ...
"Art is all around us". My today's post is a lesson plan built around Netherlandish Proverbs (Nederlandse Spreekwoorden), a 1559 painting with literal illustrations of 200 Dutch proverbs and idioms by the Flemish ...
My today's post continues the series of posts on crafts and low-cost ideas for the classroom (See CREATIVE LOW-COST TEACHING/LEARNING AIDS to learn how to make low-cost flip cards, small books, ...
English spelling might seem very illogical but it can be learnt through tough thorough thought, though. Only about 12% of words in English are spelt the way they sound. With 26 ...
On Wednesday, I presented the project I’m currently leading at the British Council Teaching for Success Online Conference. [Take a look at the British Council Teaching English conference page where ...
Do your learners like playing games? Today is the first day of another 365-day journey of ELT-CATION around the sun, so I thought it would be a good idea to ...
Our planet holds a wide variety of unexplained phenomena, including the Sphinx, Bermuda Triangle, a Mayan crystal skull, the Great Pyramid, and now the Red Truck. Why on Earth the Jackson ...
back to school activities
Here are my top 10 back-to-school activities that might be a nice alternative to a usual what-did-you-do-this-summer Q&A session. *HUMAN BINGO *MAD LIBS *TELL ME A STORY, GOOGLE  What's you ...
Speaking Games: The A-MAZE-ING Game 'If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.' A 'maze' principle has been widely used in ELT material design, ...
Speaking Games: Think Positive The creative life is simple: get up, get dressed, get on with it. Chuck Sandy. Creativity is the new Holy Grail of today’s life. The quest ...
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