The Mystery Word Game is a great game to review vocabulary. Give clues and challenge your students to answer with the correct vocabulary until they can guess the mystery word. I have used this activity in my classes as it only … Continue reading The Mystery Word Game
Over the last few weeks I have written some Christmas themed posts, so this week I am introducing a winter themed activity. Contents Introduction Download the template Edit the template Playing the game Low-tech version Introduction Personally, I find a falling snowflake is … Continue reading Clues & Snowflakes
Last year, I wrote a post about using Excel to keep a word bank. It was one of the most popular posts of 2014 and the template was downloaded over 2000 times. I was thrilled by the amount of people that had … Continue reading Word Bank 2.1 – Vocabulary Lists in Excel
I am not against vocabulary lists or word banks as a way to review what you have studied, but I am curious why they are used so often to introduce new language. As a language learner myself, I am fully … Continue reading Don’t show lists, focus on words!
Last week I was reading this post by Peter Pun from eltplanning. Peter was writing about the little tips that he picked up from his CELTA course and one of those tips was an activity he called Grass Skirts. I really … Continue reading Having Fun With Tearable Sentences
One of the sessions from IATEFL 2015 conference in Manchester that I managed to watch online was a presentation by Nick Robinson and Laurie Harrison from ELTjam. Their talk was about the ‘EdTech’ Revolution‘ and teachers applying their classroom experience to … Continue reading Phrase Maze – turning vocabulary flashcards into a game.
The other week I was reading Sandy Millin’s fantastic post about useful links for CELTA. There is so much information in that post that it is difficult to take it all in on the first reading. One of the ideas that stood … Continue reading Making flashcards in PowerPoint
The other day I was reading James Taylor’s blog post about using interesting charts and graphs in classes and it reminded me about Google Ngrams. It has taken place of the article I intended to post about Apps, but Part … Continue reading Google Ngrams: The highs and the lows