Lesson plans, ideas and classroom techniques

Used to

“Used to” lesson plan

This is a one hour lesson suitable for intermediate level learners. It uses a listening text to set the context for eliciting the target language.

Passengers – a personalised listening activity

How can we improve on tasks like "Listen to the conversation and identify the main topic" to make them more personalised and interactive? Here's one idea.
Books and writing

Writing – Story grids

This activity needs minimal preparation and can be used as a filler, as written practice of a grammar point or to practise writing in different genres.
Narrative tenses

Questions and narrative tenses

Use this activity either as a warmer or as a practice activity for forming yes/no questions, reported questions or narrative tenses.
Casino Royale

James Bond lesson plan – infinitives of purpose

Here’s an intermediate level Bond-based lesson plan using scenes from Casino Royale, focusing on "so that…" and "infinitives of purpose".

Creating Materials for the EFL Classroom

How and why to adapt authentic materials to produce highly successful, dynamic EFL lessons.
Authentic materials

Throw away the course book and adapt authentic materials

Successfully utilizing authentic materials in your classroom is simply a matter of adapting those materials to suit the needs of your language learners.
Roleplay and conversation

ESL Roleplay

How and why to ease students into real world English with roleplay activities and simulations.

9 Reasons Why You Should Use Songs to Teach EFL

Songs contain authentic language, are easily obtainable, provide vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects and are fun.
Cartoons and comics

Cartoons and comics

Cartoons vs. Comics Who doesn’t love cartoons and comics? Okay, so I’m no fan of the Simpsons, but even I enjoy Felix the Cat, the Pink […]

10 ways to use DVD and Video in Your ESL Class

Have you ever wondered how to use movies in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen and hitting "Play"?
Mind map

Mind Maps in Language Learning

Mind-maps are the creation of Tony Buzan, the memory expert. The basic principle is that the mind dislikes traditional, linear note taking and thus anything we […]