In many parts of the world the end of the year is the season for parties. And in class, the last lesson of the year often has a party atmosphere. So, to help things go with a swing, here are three classic party games adapted to be a little more classroom-friendly.
Sound-effect CDs are an exciting teaching resource. These are recordings that have hardly any words on - but instead contain a sequence of noises such as crashes, bumps, bangs, whistles, screams etc. Here are some ideas for using sound-effects in the classroom.
Printed train or bus timetables are often available as free leaflets or can be downloaded and printed from the internet. This simple resource can be used in a number of ways.
How could you create an exciting treasure hunt puzzle for your students? Here are ideas for two kinds of game – a basic chain of clues and letterboxing.
An interesting way to teach basic food vocabulary at lower levels is to also include some colloquial expressions such as ‘Yummy!’ ‘I’m starving!’ and ‘Yuk!' Once students know a dialogue you can easily substitute words to practise the names of different foods.
Do you get annoyed when your students concentrate on using their mobile phones to text each other rather than focusing on the lesson? Here are ideas for exploiting text messaging in class.
Mobile phones have many features and can provide great opportunities for activities. Here are a few ideas to get the most out mobiles in lessons.
Teachers and learners carry books and equipment to their lessons in a variety of smart or scruffy bags. Here are some ways you could make use of these unassuming objects in class.
Some of the most useful teaching props are the simplest. Most ELT teachers will have used dice at some time, perhaps when groups are playing a board game. Here are three ideas for more unusual uses of dice in class.
Some props don't immediately suggest themselves as useful teaching aids. For example, what could one possibly do with a bag of clothes pegs and a piece of string? Mmm…
Learners are often familiar with popular board games. Inventing new games (or adapting familiar games) can often produce materials that motivate students to talk and practise language.
Mulitmedia presentation programs (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint) are a good way of storing and showing images and text in unusual ways – as a high-tech slide show. Here are some teaching ideas, all suitable for classrooms with only a single computer.
Most students enjoy watching a good movie, whether at the cinema or on TV. Here are a few ideas for making use of their interest and knowledge to create some unusual activities.
Teachers rarely have access to whole class sets of newspapers. Here are six ideas for things you can do using a single copy of a newspaper.
Catalogues, shop brochures and leaflets are a type of authentic material often available free and in quantity. Here are some ideas for using these, whether printed in English or another language.
The radio is a tremendous resource of listening material and the internet has suddenly opened this world up for classroom use. Instead of listening to the crackling and fading of shortwave transmissions, it’s now possible to save clear copies of programmes from all around the world. Here are some ideas for working with these in class.
Take a look at some of Jim Scrivener's exciting ideas for using advent calendars in the classroom.
Do you keep your receipts? Jim Scrivener presents some innovative ideas for using these in the classroom, including role-plays, crime-solving and guessing games!