Category Archives: Fab YL ideas

A listening (drawing) & writing activity

I have this brilliant student called Aurelien, actually I have lots of brilliant students but this boy often comes up with ideas that I use in class or share with other students. The other day Aurelien and his partner came … Continue reading

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Things to do with a paper clip

You’ve probably seen activities like this before, as many things as you can think of to do with a cabbage, a brick etc. Apparently (or so I tell my students!) NASA use this creativity test in their selection process, I … 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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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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Bloomifying “Giraffes can’t dance”

If you don’t know this amazing book then read it immediately, it’s fab! I recently gave a presentation on using Bloom’s taxonomy in storytelling so I thought I should practice a little what I preach.   Remember: Lower level skills … Continue reading

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A fishy story

I had a last minute replacement this week, so armed with my trusty board pen I entered the arena and… Firstly we had a good laugh drawing our picture to elicit vocabulary on the theme I’d chosen, in case you’re … Continue reading

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An active way of looking at the passive

In class this week the 3èmes had the “pleasure” of tasting some yummy English sauces, after looking at some specific vocab (molasses, cauliflower, yeast, etc) they completed a worksheet saying what they thought the sauce was made of and more … Continue reading

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