Games to revise the material

Assessment. A nightmare of any student. Revision before an exam. A ponderous ordeal. Most students hate it because they find it insipid. It is not always true if you follow a gamification trend and make fun of revision routine. Let us present some best working revision games to get the best of your lessons. Vocabulary…
Types of assessment

“Oh, no. A test again!” That is what teachers often hear when they ask their students to get ready for assessment. What is assessment? Is it a progress test at the end of a unit or something deeper than that?If we take the TKT glossary, it presents us with a whole page of explanations. Basically,…
Blended Learning System

Traditional classroom learning has always faced many issues. These include teacher unable to spend enough one-on-one time with each learner; learners having different levels of knowledge, learning speed and goals; quality of instruction almost entirely dependent on personality and skill of the teacher. In some subjects these issues don't pose as much of a challenge,…
План урока "Beat the autumn blues"

In this lesson, students practice reading for gist and for detail in the context of the topic ‘Seasonal depression’. They are going to learn some collocations and have freer speaking practice. Age: 13+ Level: Upper- intermediate Time: 50 mins Lesson type: Reading, Vocabulary and Speaking Number of students: 1-8 Materials: a worksheet Beat the autumn…
Future tenses

Students have difficulty understanding why there are so many ways of expressing action in the future and how to use them. Here are some ideas for practicing future tenses with students of Intermediate level and above. These activities are suitable for group and one-on-one classes (with the teacher as partner). Future Tenses   Кристина Шабо
‘Bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ approaches

As you plan your lesson, do you start with the small building blocks and then expanding? Or do you start with the big picture and break it down? These two approaches actually have names - ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ approaches. The terms have been borrowed from cognitive psychology, but derive originally from computer science, where they…
Tips for teaching advanced students

Teaching advanced students is a challenge for all teachers: either native or non-native speakers, fresh out of the university or experienced ones. I remember having my first advanced group of students. I was so stressed, biting my lips and saying: “What do I have to prepare? If they know more than I do? I don’t…
How to use advertisements in the lesson

Advertisements are perfect for creating a fun, engaging and collaborative lesson that your students will love. Here is a ready-made plan for the perfect advertising lesson. I. Discussion Start the lesson with a general discussion on advertising. Students can do this in pairs, groups, or even as a whole class. Some key questions to discuss:…
If time activities

Here are some ideas you can use with your students if you have extra time left in the lesson. These activities are for students of pre-intermediate - intermediate level, but they can be adapted to any level and age of students. You can use these worksheets or set the tasks without them. 5 if-time activities for…
Idiom origins

For true fluency, students need to be able to understand English idioms, some of them might seem a bit odd. We use idioms without even thinking about where they come from, but knowing a bit about the origins of these sayings is helpful in cementing these language nuggets in the mind. Here are some most…