Category Archives: Fab ideas

How to get them writing

I have an uncomfortable relationship with writing, I mean I know it’s important, parents are always asking me if they do plenty of writing – especially those of higher level or English speaking students – it is one of those … Continue reading

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Great games for lessons

All too often when we talk about games in language lessons we mean some “fun” way of practising the present perfect for with a dice or a board for example, I’m not sure all my students are convinced by this! … Continue reading

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#ELT Project Ideas for teens

  Write a letter – last year we wrote a letter to the queen, who replied. This year we wrote to Harry, who apparently has been to busy to answer. So next year, rather than write one letter from the … Continue reading

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Another look at art class

The other day I came across this fab idea on Facebook and copied it in class. It’s a great way to introduce some classic (and not so classic) artwork in class. Firstly I handed out some famous painting flashcards that … Continue reading

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10 things to do when you finish the coursebook

I don’t want to rub it in but we have less than two months of school left and that time is filled with school trips, bank holidays, exams etc. This means we’re arriving at the time when we get to … Continue reading

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Learning with Lego

The exams had just finished and I’d promised we would play in class today, and we did – but we learnt too. So, I gave each pair the same 5 pieces of lego, they don’t need to be the same … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Games

Two teams (or more), choose a cool name for your team, then give the students 3 minutes to note down as many things as possible that: are yellow have 6 letters can be found in my pocket smell nice Rhyme … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Whiteboard

Here are some of the things my students have found useful in relation to whiteboard use: Use a blue pen rather than lots of different colours, green is often hard to see against the glare of overhead lights.   Lots of … Continue reading

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Collaborative Writing activity

We did this in class this week and it worked really well, give a different scenario to each group. After writing the letter one student from each group got together in new groups and had a role play dialogue discussing … Continue reading

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Fab Idea of the Day : This is writing, not a reading comprehension (well kind of)

I always feel uncomfortable with writing activities, I feel I’m not being a proper teacher if I sit and watch my learners work for an hour, without butting in! So this activity suits my need for a bit more bustle … Continue reading

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