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So vs. Such Dice

Snip, snip.  A bit of glue.  Job done.

Bringing a bit of craft to the classroom for younger learners.  These dice addi a bit of personalisation to practising so and such with adjectives.  A little bit of imagination, a couple of cuts, a dab of glue and hey presto!

PRACTICE:

  • so + adjective + that …
  • such an + adjective + noun

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Level (CEFR A2-B2)
  • Ages 9 yrs. and older

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Speechless

No words …

People have probably been playing charades at parties since long before crabsticks were invented.  Speechless is like a hardcore version of charades, but with more giggles and a couple of extra rules to organise the fun – GREAT for vocab review.

PRACTICE:
  • vocabulary review

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Level (CEFR B1-C2)
  • Ages 12 and up

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Pathetic Excuses

Talk about practical life-skills …

PRACTICE:

  • future in the past
  • making excuses

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Level (CEFR C1-C2)
  • Ages 15 yrs and up

THE RUNTHROUGH:

When we talk about developing our students’ language skills, as ESL / EFL teachers we often neglect that most valuable of skills: making excuses for the things that we were supposed to do, but didn’t.  The remedy?  Pathetic Excuses: The Card Game.

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Codenames

The famous word-association game.

PRACTICE:

  • reviewing vocabulary (meaning and associations)
  • Cambridge: First, Advanced and Proficiency Reading and Use of English Part 1 tasks a bit more fun.

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Level (CEFR B1-C2)
  • Ages 12 yrs. and up

THE RUNTHROUGH:

When I saw that Codenames was the #1 party game on Board Game Geek (seeing as there are FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE games on that particular list),  I went out and purchased it immediately.  But, does it live up to the hype?

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Worst. Holiday. Ever.

Well, what happened was …

PRACTICE:

  • cleft sentences
  • being emphatic
  • narrative tenses
  • anecdotes

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Level (CEFR B2-C2)
  • Ages 15 yrs and older

THE RUNTHROUGH:

If you’re looking for a fun activity that gets students to practice some past tenses and cleft sentences, then look no further.  Print out and get cracking.

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School Reunion

Alcohol not included.

PRACTICE:

  • reporting verbs
  • indirect speech
  • dependent prepositions
  • gerund vs. infinitive

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Levels:  Strong upper-Int to Advanced (CEFR B2-C1)
  • Ages: 15 yrs and older.

THE RUNTHROUGH:

A fun and quick classroom role-play for practicing verbs which are commonly used for reporting speech.

You’ll need:

  • One set of the role cards provided.
  • Space for a mingle.
  • 15-20 minutes.

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