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Reading and Writing Collaborative Activity Using Sticky Notes

Reading and Writing Collaborative Activity Using Sticky Notes

Lynn Bradshaw
This is a worksheet to get students thinking about what they read and write on a daily basis. It is particularly useful for students who claim they never read by getting them to explore what they ...
1 Views 3,174 Pre-IntIntAdv
Possessives, Verbal Phrases, Infinitives, Sentence Writing Spanish and English

Possessives, Verbal Phrases, Infinitives, Sentence Writing Spanish and English

Michael Patrick
Part 3 of this 24 lesson series for intermediate native Spanish speakers. Different possessives used (don't be fooled into thinking there's only one type used here). Verbal phrases are very impo ...
1 Views 2,787 Pre-IntInt
Prepositions of Place and Direction

Prepositions of Place and Direction

This worksheet contains three exercises on prepositions of place and direction. The vocabulary is mostly connected to the topic "My College," though there other words and expressions. As usual, I ...
1 Views 7,418 Elem
A Single Life - Tell a Story with Sequencing Words

A Single Life - Tell a Story with Sequencing Words

A worksheet to accompany a short animated video.  Includes vocabulary for different life stages, sequencing words to help students write a plot summary of the video, discussion questions and ...
2 Views 11,778 Pre-IntIntAdv
How To Speak To Be Understood - A Funny Conversation Activity

How To Speak To Be Understood - A Funny Conversation Activity

Sylwia
An amusing idea of how to practice intonation and communication. The students are asked to put the missing punctuation marks, make dialogues according to some specific clues, use their imagination ...
1 Views 22,819 Pre-IntInt
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Job Interview Dos and Don'ts Video Activity

Job Interview Dos and Don'ts Video Activity

BusyTeacher Contributor
It is a listening and reading worksheet based on a video from YouTube (approx: 4 minutes). There are two parts: a fill-in exercise and a reading section. Useful job interview tips are provided so ...
1 Views 6,325 IntAdv
How Harry met Meghan/ Brangelina Love Story

How Harry met Meghan/ Brangelina Love Story

Anastasia
This is a worksheet suitable for Elementary or Pre-Intermediate students who are interested in celebrities and romance. The activity allows students to re-construct the timelines of two love stori ...
1 Views 5,828 ElemPre-Int
World Cup 2018 Vocabulary

World Cup 2018 Vocabulary

Mariel Di Siervi
•, Adult Learners,
I made this worksheet for my students at school. Students will work with definitions and vocabulary related with football rules, players, etc. They will also categorize words into nouns or verbs ...
1 Views 14,758 Pre-Int
Ramadan

Ramadan

hellen haga
This is a listening activity based on Ramadan. It has an exercise to elicit the vocabulary, then students should watch a video (link on the file) and complete 2 tasks. There's a bottom-up exercise ...
1 Views 6,002 IntAdv
Nationalities - Dialogue Practice

Nationalities - Dialogue Practice

Cristiane Fabocci
•, , Adult Learners,
Here you can find different nationalities and names. For each nationality, you have two different names. How to use it: 1. if you have a big group you can give them different cards and they have ...
1 Views 7,771 BegElemPre-Int
Word Crimes: Listening Comprehension

Word Crimes: Listening Comprehension

Anna-Lena Gérard
•Adult Learners,
I created this short listening activity for advanced learners. The topic is different from other listenings, since it is dealing with language itself. Further on, you cna discuss with your student ...
1 Views 5,319 AdvExam
Phubbing or Phone Addiction (Article and Activities)

Phubbing or Phone Addiction (Article and Activities)

chocolate addict
You will find activities linked to phubbing (phone + snubbing), which is the practise of snubbing someone, using your phone.   It starts with questions to get the students to speak, then a ...
1 Views 6,271 IntAdv
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)

Marie Devátá
Worksheet based on Judy Garland's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Song is slow and it's easy to catch the missing words. The first letters of the words have been ...
1 Views 5,940 BegElem
Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award Acceptance Speech

Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award Acceptance Speech

Angie Kokolaki
•Adult Learners, , ,
Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes and gave an amazing acceptance speech. You can watch it via YouTube. [youtube=http://www.youtube=http://www.youtube.co ...
9 Views 5,429 Pre-IntInt
Native Spanish Speakers: Big Numbers, Ordinal Numbers, Plurals, Forming Questions, Prepositions, Reflexive Pronouns

Native Spanish Speakers: Big Numbers, Ordinal Numbers, Plurals, Forming Questions, Prepositions, Reflexive Pronouns

Michael Patrick
This is an exercise designed for native Spanish speakers as is evident in the translation section. Don't underestimate the importance of numbers in your lesson planning. Many of the plurals are ...
3 Views 7,160 Pre-IntInt
Is Coffee Good For You?

Is Coffee Good For You?

This activity is a discussion based on youtube videos about the effects of drinking coffee. The students firts will talk about the issue after watching the video in class and for homework they wi ...
3 Views 18,406 IntAdv
Common Phrases and Colors with some Spanish Translations

Common Phrases and Colors with some Spanish Translations

Michael Patrick
These exercises were designed with native Spanish speakers in mind covering some basic common phrases. It also covers some basic sentence writing using colors. Everything should be said out loud ...
5 Views 6,455 Pre-IntInt
Emergency Services Role Play Cards

Emergency Services Role Play Cards

SI
These role play cards are designed for elementary to pre-intermediate learners. There are 6 different scenarios split between the police, ambulance and fire service. Students work in pairs to prep ...
5 Views 48,558 ElemPre-Int
Teaching Gerunds Through Creative Writing

Teaching Gerunds Through Creative Writing

Michael Patrick
Lesson 7 in this 24 part series of exercises is almost all about gerunds which are very common in everyday usage and these different exercises will show your students just how much. I've also snu ...
7 Views 19,006 Pre-IntInt
Reading about Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reading about Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mark Pallister
•, Adult Learners
This intermediate worksheet is really useful and can be edited to fit the learning needs of the student. The topic can be simply introduced by asking the student to count and name the countries on ...
1 Views 3,760 Int
Sellng Odd Items

Sellng Odd Items

Cris
This worksheet is intended for students to work on improvisation when they need to prepare a pitch or speech to sell an item. It can turn out to be very funny as the items in this activity are un ...
6 Views 9,554 Pre-IntIntAdv
Power, Bench, and Machine Tools

Power, Bench, and Machine Tools

•Adult Learners,
This worksheet was made for college students studying woodworking technology. Later it was successfully used in teaching students of other technical professions. The worksheet consists of some lex ...
4 Views 5,540 ElemPre-Int
Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

S.I.
This document is a summary sheet of English tenses, the basic sentence structure and subject pronouns. I use this as an introduction to basic grammar knowledge for complete beginners. The main foc ...
9 Views 22,323 Beg
Movie Worksheet: 13 Reasons Why

Movie Worksheet: 13 Reasons Why

Sergio Ramone
A 3-level quizz about the Netflix TV Series '13 Reasons Why', episode 1. After watching the episode, students can work in pairs or groups, depending on the number of them. Teacher hands out the sh ...
7 Views 17,401 ElemIntAdv
Song Worksheet: Who by Pink

Song Worksheet: Who by Pink

A.E
Listening activity which may be used as a warm-up or a follow-up activity to practice the simple past tense. Students listen to the song and try to write the correct forms of the verbs in the blan ...
7 Views 25,768 ElemPre-Int

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