Word Mazes – Make a Good Word Stress Activity

Word mazes are a word puzzle where students must follow the correct sequence of words to make their way from the start of the maze to the finish. The correct choice is vertically or horizontally connected to the previous word. Diagonal moves are not allowed. Word Stress Awareness of stressed syllables is crucial in helping […]

Picture Taboo – Practise Describing Objects

Picture taboo is a fluency focused activity in which students practise describing objects. This activity builds vocabulary, fluency and listening skills and acts as an introduction to a theme. Picture Taboo has one important difference to regular word Taboo (See this post for how to play regular Taboo as well as some printable Taboo cards). […]

ESL Questionnaires and Surveys

Surveys and questionnaires are a great way to get your students autonomously conversing with each other. An Interview Activity for Getting to Know Each Other This interview activity is ideal for a first lesson. It’s simple to set up and works well for most levels above Beginner. Sketch or print out this framework interview template, You […]

Bonfire Night activities

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.   Mixed up fire idioms Bonfire Night vocabulary Scatter Sheet (see Scatter Sheets post) Useful texts V for Vendetta plot summaries (IMDB) Bonfire Night 2015: Why do we celebrate fireworks night? Who […]

Halloween Activities

Here’s a spooky mix of Halloween activities and worksheets taken from different sections of our site. Don’t forget to turn down the lights and put on some atmospheric music to create a perfectly chilling atmosphere. Teaching Online For online Halloween activities, see our sister site LearnHip.com Halloween Half Crossword Pairs of students are each given […]

Comparative Adjectives and Superlatives with Venn diagrams

This is a fun way to practise comparative adjectives and superlatives using Venn diagrams. Introducing and sorting adjectives In the first part of this activity, adjectives are sorted into one of two areas on a Venn diagram. If they could apply to both areas they are placed into the overlapping middle area. See the examples […]

Question Time – A Simple Group Discussion Activity

This is a free-speaking group-discussion activity where control of the class is turned over to the learners who take it in turns to moderate the conversation. Teaching Online Instead of using a cup, use the Random Topic Generator. Give students control of the shared screen and for five minutes each, students can generate topics which […]

Bring Vocabulary to Life with Scatter Sheets

Scatter Sheets can be used as warm up, theme introduction, vocabulary presentation and fluency exercises. This activity also works well in online teaching situations. See the online scatter sheet maker. A Scatter Sheet is a page of randomly distributed lexis based around a theme, for example In the Office, At the Supermarket. Students take it in turns […]

Alphabet and Spelling Games for Adult Learners

Alphabet and spelling games to help English Learners with their A to Z. Hangman Think of a word and draw some dashes on the board, one for each letter __ __ __ __ __ __,  each student in turn names a letter that they think might be in the word.  If the letter is in […]