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Teaching activities

Here you will find many motivating activities to use with your students covering a range of topics.

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    This activity looks at a group of artists that have moved to different countries, and some of the challenges they face.

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    A speaking and listening activity for students based on the theme of migration, using themes from the OPENCities project.

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    This is a way to consolidate the form of the third conditional. it is best used at the end of the first lesson in which students meet the form, or at the latest the one after.

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    For many people, the idea of walking into a room full of strangers and trying to socialise with them can be terrifying, especially if they have to use a foreign language. This lesson can help your students overcome their fears.

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    This activity mainly provides writing practice but also practises question forms and encourages creativity. It is a student-centred activity which encourages collaboration and teamwork.

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    This free-speaking activity is a great way to start a lesson. ‘ARM exercises’ is simply short for Accept, Reject or Modify statements.

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    This activity simulates online written chat, a popular communication process which has features common to both speaking and writing. It can be used in the classroom for students who like a little thinking time before they speak, and also to help students move away from being overly concerned with accuracy towards focussing more on successful communication.

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    This idea can help students with their writing of stories. It gives all them some essential, and some superfluous, vocabulary.

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    This reading and speaking activity provides practice in giving clear instructions and explaining the rules of a game. Students can then play the games as an extension activity.

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    Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly, because they don’t know which words go with it, i.e. collocations. For example, students familiar with the word party may not know the verbs have or give that go with it and, as a result, say *make a party. This activity helps students expand their collocational knowledge of the nouns they already know, but it can be adapted for other parts of speech. 

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    This is an activity based on the true story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, a man who was unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport. This became a popular story in the press and was later used as the basis for the Tom Hank's film "Terminal".

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    Help students to plan and write a narrative in five easy stages

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    This activity looks at a group of artists that have moved to different countries, and some of the challenges they face.

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    This is an activity to encourage learners to share anecdotes and is a great way to engage their interest, generate lots of interest and help them to get to know each other.  It isn't really anything to do with beetles, but uses the traditional English "Beetle" game to encourage learners to talk.

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    Students use photos of objects, animals or people to re-tell a memorable event from their lives.