The qualities of an inspiring woman – adjectives of personality

Every International Women´s Day, we try to reflect on women who somehow inspired us. Sometimes they are famous, other times historical figures — but often they are just regular women you've never read about in a newspaper. They are our friends, family members or colleagues. We often hold them up as the role models because of their outstanding personal qualities.... Continue Reading →


Snatch the pen! A warmer/filler for any level!

I´m sure you´ll agree that every lesson needs a warmer or filler just in case you have this odd moment that needs filling with something to keep your students on their toes or simply give the class a change of pace. Every teacher has a set of activities that they really like and use interchangeably during the lessons. What... Continue Reading →

Pick-up lines – the beginning of love?

  The cheesiest celebration of the year is coming... In the following lesson idea, students will learn some cheesy pick-up lines and put downs in English, practise identifying words in an authentic listening text and create their own pick-up lines! Levels: Intermediate/Upper-intermediate Aimed at: Young adults/adults Aims: Speaking/identifying words in an authentic listening text/Pick-up lines -... Continue Reading →

Build a tower, build a team! Life skills: Teamwork

I have recently come across a very thought-provoking speech by Jack Ma, a world-famous businessman and...a former English teacher! In the speech, he points out that today´s education system is far too knowledge based. He suggests that teachers should also focus on developing students´soft skills: teach values, believing, independent thinking, teamwork and care for others. "Everything we teach should... Continue Reading →

Christmas Trivia

Levels: B1/B2/C1 This is a fun CHRISTMAS TRIVIA quiz for the last day of term. It can be used as a warmer at the beginning of your Christmas lesson or as a filler at the end. Split the class into small groups and have them come up with a festive team name! Explain that the aim of the game... Continue Reading →

A Christmas tree with a twist

December is here again and it´s time to create some new Christmas activities for our students to enjoy! I hope you will find the following idea as useful and fun to teach as I have! Levels: B1/B2 Aimed at: Young learners/young adults/adults Aims: To encourage reading, speaking and writing in the context of Christmas/ Revision of... Continue Reading →

Last Christmas – old favourite with a twist

Levels: B1/B2 Aimed at: Young learners/young adults/adults Aims: To practise listening skills in a memorable way /To expand vocabulary range/To review Past Simple verb forms/To encourage speaking in the context of Christmas Time: +/- 45 minutes Materials: Fly swats/Handout 1: Handout1LASTCHRISTMAS YouTube video of Last Christmas by WHAM: 1.  What was your last Christmas... Continue Reading →

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