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    Grammar Cards: Habits & Routines

    Help your students practice talking about Habits & Routines using different verbs, time expressions, and frequency adverbs.

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    Finish the sentence: Past perfect continuous

    A small-group card game to practise the past perfect continuous.

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    Fruit: Some and any

    A pairwork memory game for teenagers and adults to practise using some and any.

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    Lesson Share: Grammar: The shape of English grammar

    Simon Mumford wins the competition again with a very visual lesson that uses diagrams to revise grammar constructions.

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    Compounds: Geography

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of language used in forming complex noun and adjective phrases from the area of geography, which contain a mixture of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions.

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    Process: Geography

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of process language in geography, covering common verb and noun phrases, structures and sequencing phrases.

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    Team competition: Reported commands

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

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    Attributing: Science

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of language used in describing attributes and characteristics from the area of science, covering adjective, verb and noun phrases.

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    Attributing: Geography

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of language used in describing attributes and characteristics from the area of geography, covering adjective, noun and verb phrases.

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    Line graphs: Science

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of the language of line graphs from the area of science, covering rich idiom, verb, noun, adjective and adverbial phrases.

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    Line graphs: Geography

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of the language of line graphs from the area of geography, covering rich idiom, verb, noun, adjective and adverbial phrases.

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    Hypothesis: Science

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of the language of hypothesis, prediction and conditions from the area of science, covering common structures and lexical phrases.

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    Role-play: Get / have something done

    A role-play activity for the whole class that practises the correct use of ‘ have / get something done’.

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    Experiments: Energy Pairs

    This simple experiment reinforces vocabulary and concepts associated with energy. Students match sentences halves to make statements on energy or ‘energy pairs’. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise and consolidate concepts connected to energy, including renewable and non-renewable sources and how we use energy in our everyday lives. Students ...

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    Experiments: Follow the energy path

    A simple but revealing experiment in which pupils measure and record the temperature of hot water as it cools down in two different containers: one metallic, one ceramic. Matching and word-order activities help students to revise relevant vocabulary. Students then write a report using the past tense. Key vocabulary and ...

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    The corpus principle – Language rules

    In the English classroom, student demand for simple yet reliable language rules has never been higher. In this article, Jamie Keddie looks at how corpora can allow learners to see rules for themselves and, in doing so, build up an understanding of how language works.

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    Lesson Share: Grammar: Using proverbs

    A lesson to teach proverbs and use them to remind students of, and clarify, language rules which may cause them difficulties.

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    Cambridge English Advanced: Reading and Use of English Part 3

    This lesson aims to help students prepare for part 3 of the Advanced Reading and Use of English paper.

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    The corpus principle – Songs

    Jamie Keddie looks at how we can harness popular technologies, such as media players or lyric search sites, to illustrate language points in the classroom.

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    When I Listen to a Song

    A song video and interactive games on the topic of how you feel when you listen to a song.