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Revising New vocabulary

Students sit down in a group around or in front of you. Hold flashcards in your card, but hidden from the students. Call out a name of the animal. Children should mime the animal with noises or actions. If you working on a points system, you can give the student with the best action/noise a point. Show the students the animal they were miming. If you call a name and they do nothing. Say the...
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What am I doing, how do I feel?

The objective is to act out emotions and verbs on flashcards to create crazy combinations. Prepare two sets of flashcards, one with -ing verbs and one with emotions. Ask a student/group of students to come to the front and select one card from each set. Students have to mime and the class has to guess the emotion and -ing verb. For example: She is angry and she is swimming, or He is sleepy and he...
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Write on the board ‘I have _________ (finish)’. Get the students to fill in the blank with ‘finished’. Write: Infinitive....................Past....................Past participle Finish.........................Finished...............Finished (regular) Meet...........................Met.........................? Do..............................Did..........................? Elicit from the students the two missing past participles. Highlight that some past participles stay the same as the past form, some change completely. Tell the class that they will now practise with past participles. Put the students into pairs (tell them one is Student A and one is Student...
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For not as advanced students – interviews! Lower levels always need and like to practice asking and answering. Choose a topic you know will interest the majority of your students and ask them to write some questions. Once they have finished, they have to interview at least two other students and make notes on their answers. This can be done in groups (easier to monitor).
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Spot the Mistakes

Write up sentences on the board with words, tenses or grammar they have been taught but with common mistakes in them. Put students into groups to find the mistakes. E.g. ‘Are you have photos?’, ‘I have much apples’, etc.
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Telling Stories

The objective is for students to listen for words in a story. Find a short story for students' level and age. On pieces of paper write key words. Hand out a word to each student. While you read the story, students must stand up when they hear their word (whilst simultaneously holding the word in the air).
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Divide your class into teams (numbers dependent on how many students you have). The first student reads a word and then has to draw it quickly while the other students guess what it is. The first team to correctly guess what the picture is gets a point.
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Fly Swatter

Write vocabulary words scattered across the board. Divide class into two equal teams. Place two chairs in front of the board with a fly swatter on each chair. Have one student from each team sit in the chairs with their backs to the board. Say one of the vocabulary words on the board. Students stand and find the word on the board. Students get one swat and the first student to hit the word with...
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Hat Questions!

You can use this game either to match definitions to words or match opposites. Put all questions in a bag or hat. Put students into groups. Write on the board a list of previously taught vocabulary. Ask a student to choose a card from the hat and read the question. Students study the list of words and write their answer in their groups. The winning team has the most correct answers.
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Divide class into groups of six or more, and arrange each group in a straight line or row. Ask for a volunteer listener from each group. Take them outside of the classroom and give them a message (one sentence or more, depending on students’ level). Open the door, and let the students run to the first member of their group to whisper the message. Each member passes the message, by whispering, to their neighbour. When...
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