10 amazing English words advanced students need to know

Some words in the English language are just too beautiful to keep to ourselves. Here are ten words, in alphabetical order, that I like to share with advanced students: 1. Brood (verb) to think about, or dwell on, things that may make you upset or angry 2. Dalliance (noun) a brief love affair 3. Epiphany…

6 uses for Cuisinaire Rods in language teaching

I remember in my first year of teaching I came across this box full of bizarre coloured sticks in the modern language department’s┬ádump storeroom. My head of department informed me that they were ‘Cuisinaire Rods’. Great… wait… what? Cuisinaire? Being a French teacher I heard ‘cuisine’ and immediately started wondering what their culinary use could…

6 No-Prep Speaking Activities

Maybe you had a meeting in your prep time. Maybe your time just ran away with you. Maybe, despite your fantastic prep there is still free time at the end of the class. Here are six activities that can be used with a variety of levels with no preparation.    1. The Party Students imagine…

10 First Week Activities to Avoid a Year of Headaches

The first week of term usually flies by in a haze of reunions, new experiences and high emotions, and it can be easy to overlook how implementing a few simple procedures can make the rest of the academic year a breeze. Here are a few things to consider:    1. Set up a supply corner…

10 Alternatives to Gap-Fills with Songs

Music is a foolproof way to motivate learners of any age. However, it is easy to fall into the old rut of preparing a gap-fill activity to accompany the latest chart topper. Here are some suggestions for alternatives to keep your lessons changing with the charts:   1. Play Musical Bingo Dictate or write a…