Lots of ideas for activities in the classroom that can be done with very limited classroom and school resources.

Hands up if you work in a school that has small classes, is well-equipped with all the latest high-tech equipment and there is lots of space in the classrooms to move around. My guess is that most of your hands have stayed down.

Large classes (over 40 students and sometimes as many as a 100), limited resources (only a course book that may be culturally inappropriate or too difficult), cramped classrooms and mixed ability students are the norm rather than the exception in schools around the world.

Teachers want to give their students variety and help them to learn English effectively, but so many nice ideas for language learning tasks seem impractical because of the lack of resources in schools.

So this month I am going to share some ideas for techniques and activities that do not require using a photocopier, overhead projector, television, video, tape recorder, supplementary materials or any other resource apart from the students, the furniture and space you already have and pencils and paper.