10 outdoor activities you can do on a sunny day

Some days it feels just too hot to sit in the classroom. If you have a nice patch of ground nearby, why don’t you take them outside and allow the change of scenery to stimulate their imaginations? Here are ten outdoor activities which need little or no preparation. Scavenger hunt Make a list of items for your […]

Short and funny English videos for your ESL classroom

A page where I gather short, funny English video clips. One way to use videos like these is to divide the class into small groups and show each group a different clip on a laptop or tablet. Then have individuals from each group meet with counterparts from other the groups and explain their video to them. […]

Collaborative Crosswords – for presenting vocabulary and improving fluency

Collaborative crosswords also known as half-crosswords are a pairwork speaking activity in which students must make up the clues for their partner. Because students are challenged to describe objects without naming them directly, they are forced to find synonyms and be creative in their communicative approach, this kind of exercise is very effective at improving […]

Who lives in a house like this?

You’ll need a laptop and a projector to play this game which is based on an old BBC TV show Through The Keyhole where the host walks around a celebrity’s house trying to establish their identity from his or her interior design choices. For homework, have students email you some photographs of, for example, their […]

Bring vocabulary to life with Scatter Sheets

Scatter Sheets can be used as warm up, theme introduction, vocabulary presentation and fluency exercises. 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 describing items for the other students to guess. The teacher helps with any words left […]

Describe the (imaginary) picture

In this activity, students describe a picture using useful vocabulary such as, there is, there are and the present continuous tense. It’s good for practising asking questions and stretching your students’ creativity To save you searching for suitable pictures and cutting up bits of paper, this web-app allows you to play the game with a smartphone, tablet or PC. […]

ESL crosswords and how to make them

Crosswords are really great for introducing a new theme or grammar point, you can give them out as a warmer while you’re waiting for all the class to arrive, or they make a  handy homework or vocabulary review task. Note: not every student will be familiar with crossword puzzles, so make sure to explain it first […]

How to play ESL Taboo plus some ready made Taboo cards

ESL Taboo is based on the popular board game. It’s a lively crowd-pleaser and it’s perfect for reviewing and reactivating vocabulary, as well as forcing students into speaking freely without over-analysing their output. Also, check out picture taboo for a twist on this popular activity. When to play Taboo At the end of a unit or […]