Number one for English language teachers

Upper intermediate

A selection of upper intermediate-level games and activities to practise various grammar points, including the present passive, the second conditional, the past perfect and lots more.

Upper intermediate lesson plans

  • Dominoes: since and for

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff Room

    A domino game at upper intermediate level to practise using since and for with time expressions.

  • Picture game: Second conditional

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff Room

    A picture and guessing game at upper intermediate level which involves students using their imagination to complete sentences in order to practise the second conditional.

  • Quiz: Present passives

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff Room

    A card game at upper intermediate level to practise using present passives that can be played as a group game or a team game.

  • Mingling puzzle: Past perfect and past simple

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: Game Staff Room

    A mingling game at upper intermediate level to practise the past perfect and past simple.

  • Question tags

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: Game Staff Room

    A matching activity at upper intermediate level to practise correct use of question tags.

  • Future in the past: was going to

    Author: Jill Hadfield Staff Room

    A matching activity for small groups that practises the use of was going to.

  • Reported commands

    Author: Jill Hadfield Staff Room

    A team competition at upper intermediate level to practise the reported commands He/She told you to … and He/She said to …

  • Situations: wish

    Author: Jill Hadfield Staff Room

    A team game at upper intermediate level to practise I wish I had …, I wish I could …, I wish you would … .

  • Fun with grammar: Imagine: Future perfect

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    Students write predictions about their partner. They use language such as ‘In ten year’s time’, ‘By this time tomorrow’ and ‘By 2050’ in order to practise furture perfect.

  • Fun with grammar: Evidence: Past modals

    Author: Jill Hadfield Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    Students work together to decide who they think commited a burglary and how they think the burgler did it using evidence cards and practising past modals.

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