Lots of new colour vocab activities

Four new(ish) articles and the first few of many new colour worksheets on my much expanded colour vocabulary page, with everything from lots of colour word recognition activities for the young ones to discussion on the topic for adults, along with updated recommendations for colour vocab story books and colour songs:

Colours games, worksheets, stories and songs page

 

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Giving advice activites to practise other language (TEFLtastic classics Part 27)

Just put up a new worksheet using this, one of my favourite ideas for practising tricky points which are different to think of other practice for, such as:

– collocations with words like “get” and “take”

– phrasal verbs

– word formation

– vocabulary on topics like health and love

It can also be used to practise grammar such as comparatives and articles.

You simply make some sentences describing problems like “I don’t get on with my eldest sister” and ask pairs of students to ask for, give and react to advice on how to solve those problems. Students can then make up similar problems to ask their partner’s for advice for. This activity is it a bit like making conversation questions with the language you want to practise, but I feel this makes the language more memorable – and it’s a nice break from students saying “I think…” at the start of every sentence… If your students also actually need the language of advice, all the better!

Here are some I prepared earlier:

Photocopiable classroom materials using giving advice to practise other language

Expressions with make and do giving advice speaking practice – NEW

Recommending arts and media (with lot of useful art and media language)

Comparatives and superlatives recommendations challenge

Recommendations with superlatives

Giving advice on personality problems

Love and marriage stories and advice (my lesson share winning LP and worksheet on Onestopenglish)

Relationships Advice and proverbs

Giving advice Vocabulary revision game

If I were you phrasal verbs Advice game

Recommending countries to visit Version 1 (with tricky names of countries and cities)

Recommending countries to visit Version 2  (ditto)

Recommending places to visit Advanced version (with useful vocabulary for describing different kinds of people, vocab for describing places, and tricky country and city names)

For 26 other teaching ideas worth using over and over again, see here:

TEFLtastic Classics Part 1 to 26

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All classroom materials pages A to Z

Made a new list of every index page on TEFLtastic. There are quite a few! If you like all this reorganisation work and would like more, please support TEFLtastic.

All index pages A to Z

Academic applications games/ worksheets – See University Applications below

Academic bios page

Academic discussions games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE

Academic emails page

Academic English (EAP) games/ worksheets

Academic English first lessons page

Academic Word List (AWL) games/ worksheets page

Academic writing functional language page

Academic writing worksheets

Action vocabulary page

Active listening page– LINK UPDATED

Advantages and disadvantages

Adverbs

Adverbs of frequency

Adverbs of manner

Advice activities page

Animal vocabulary page

Apologising games/ worksheets page

Appearances

Architectural English – See English for Architects below

Arrangements – See Making arrangements below

Art – See Art and Media and/or English for Artists below

Articles

Arts and media vocabulary page

Auxiliary verbs page

AWL games/ worksheets – See Academic Word List above

Beginning and ending conversations page

Body idioms page

Body language and gestures games/ worksheets

Body vocabulary page

Brainstorming in groups phrases page

British and American English games/ worksheets

British and American cultural page

British culture EFL materials page

BULATS first lessons

BULATS Speaking worksheets

BULATS Writing worksheets (reports, memos, emails etc)

Business advice/ recommendations page

Business comparatives and superlatives page

Business determiners page

Business cultural training

Business English games/ worksheets

Business English functions

Business first classes page

Business future tenses page

Business functional language reviews page

Business grammar

Business idioms page

Business modals page

Business opinions worksheets

Business past tenses page

Business prepositions page

Business Present Perfect page

Business present tenses page

Business pronunciation page

Business Result Pre-Intermediate

Business Result Intermediate

Business second conditional page

Business socialising page

Business tense review worksheets

Business vocabulary page

CAE page

Cambridge exams page

Cambridge First Certificate – See FCE below

Cambridge Proficiency – See CPE below

Can/ Can’t

Cause and effect – See Purpose, cause and effect below

Challenges 1

Character vocabulary – See Personality below

Checking/ clarifying worksheets page – See Clarifying/ checking below

Clarifying/ checking worksheets page

Classroom language page

Clothes vocabulary page

Collocations page

Colours page

Comparatives and superlative adjectives

Comparing and contrasting

Complaints games and worksheets page

Complaining and dealing with complaints page

Compound nouns page

Conditionals

Conjunctions games/ worksheets – See Linking Expressions below

Continuous aspect

Conversation questions games/ worksheets – See Discussion Questions below

Count/ Non-count – See Countable and Uncountable Nouns below

Countable and uncountable nouns

Counting syllables games/ worksheets – See Syllables below

Country and nationality words page

Cover letters games/ worksheets – See CVs and cover letters below

CPE page

Crime page

Cultural training games/ worksheets for EFL classes

Current affairs/ News vocabulary page

Cutting Edge games/ worksheets

Cutting Edge Advanced

New Cutting Edge Elementary

New Cutting Edge Intermediate

Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate

CVs and cover letters page

Dates games/ worksheets – See Time Expressions below

Days of the week games/ worksheets – See Time Expressions below

Days, months and dates games, worksheets, stories and songs – See Time Expressions below

Dealing with enquiries page

Defining your terms page

Dependent prepositions

Describing people

Describing places page

Design games/ worksheets – See English for Designers below

Determiners

Directions games/ worksheets – See Giving Directions below

Discussion questions

EAP games/ worksheets – See Academic English above

EAP first lessons games/ worksheets – See Academic English First Lessons above

EAP writing games/ worksheets – See Academic Writing above

Economics page

-ed and -ing adjectives page

Education vocabulary page

EFL exams games, worksheets, videos and teaching tips

Emails and letters games/ worksheets page

Email error correction worksheets page

Emailing functional language worksheets page

Email paragraphing and punctuation worksheets page

Email vocabulary worksheets page

Emotions – See Feelings below

English File 1 games/ worksheets

English for architects games/ worksheets

English for artists games/ worksheets

English for designers games/ worksheets

English for engineers games/ worksheets – See Technical English games/ worksheets link below

English for landscape designers and gardeners games/ worksheets

English for medical staff games/ worksheets – See Medical English below

English for Specific Purposes games/ worksheets

English Land 1

English Land 2

Environment – See Nature below

ESP – See English for Specific Purposes above

Euphemisms page

Everybody Up 4

Examples games/ worksheets – See Giving Examples below

Experiences games/ worksheets – See Sharing Personal Experiences below

Extended speaking

Family vocabulary page

FCE page

Feelings page

Financial English page

First Certificate – See FCE above

First conditional

First lesson games/ worksheets – NEW

Focus on IELTS materials page

Food and drink cultural differences worksheets

Food and drink vocabulary page

Forgetting and remembering phrases page

Form filling worksheets page

Formal and informal emails worksheets page

Friends video worksheets

Functional language games/ worksheets

Functional language for academic writing page

Functional language reviews page

Future continuous

Future desires

Future forms games/ worksheets – See Future Tenses below

Future Perfect games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE

Future plans games/ worksheets – See Going To below

Future tenses

Gardening – See English for Landscape Architect above

Generalising worksheets page

Gestures – See Body Language and Gestures above

Get something done – See Have Something Done below

Giving directions page

Giving examples phrases page

Going to

Gradable and extreme adjectives

Grammar games/ worksheets

Have/ Have got

Have something done/ Get something done

Headway Pre-Intermediate games/ worksheets

Hedging – See Generalising above

History

Homophones games/ worksheets page

HR page

Human resources page – See HR page above

Idioms page

Incredible English 1

Incredible English 2

IELTS Academic Writing games/ worksheets – See IELTS Writing below

IELTS page

IELTS first classes page

IELTS Graduation materials page

IELTS Listening page

IELTS Masterclass materials page

IELTS Objective Advanced materials page

IELTS Reading page

IELTS Speaking page

IELTS Writing page

Indirect speech games/ worksheets – See Reported Speech below

Infinitive of purpose

Inside Out games/ worksheets

Interrupting page

Invitations page

It is/ They are

Japanese learners of English games/ worksheets

Job applications page

Keynote Intermediate page

Korean learners of English games/ worksheets

Landmark Advanced games/ worksheets

Landscape Architecture – See English for Landscape Designers above

Language of trends games/ worksheets – See Trends below

Law – See Legal English below

Learner training games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Legal English games/ worksheets

Letters – See email and letters above

Likes and dislikes page

Linking expressions

Listening games/ worksheets

Looking at both sides games/ worksheets – See Advantages and Disadvantages above

Making arrangements page

Making complaints games/ worksheets – See Complaints above

Market Leader Intermediate page

Market Leader Pre-intermediate page

Market Leader Upper Intermediate page

Media vocabulary games/ worksheets – See Arts and Media above

Medical English games/ worksheets

Meeting and greeting page

Meeting people – See Meeting and greeting above

Meetings and negotiations

Minutes – See Writing Minutes below

Modals of obligation, prohibition and permission

Modals of probability/ possibility/ deduction

Modal verbs

Months games/ worksheets – See Time Expressions below

Mixed conditionals

Mr Bean video worksheets

Narrative tenses games/ worksheets – See Past Tenses below

Nationality words games/ worksheets – See Country and Nationality words above

Natural English Intermediate games/ worksheets

Nature and the environment page

Needs analysis games/ worksheets

Negotiating

New Cutting Edge – See Cutting Edge above

New Headway Pre-Intermediate games/ worksheets

News vocabulary – See Current Affairs above

Numbers games, worksheets, stories and songs for EFL learners

OA vocabulary games/ worksheets – See Office Vocabulary below

OABC 1 – See Oxford Activity Book for Children 1 below

Offers page

Offers and requests page

Office vocabulary page

Opinions worksheets page

Opposites page

Oxford Activity Book for Children 1 (OABC 1) page

Passive voice

Past Continuous page

Past Perfect page

Past Perfect Simple games/ worksheets – See Past Perfect above

Past Progressive games/ worksheets – See Past Continuous above

Past Simple page

Past tenses

PC language page

Perfect aspect

Personal experiences page

Personality words page

Phrasal verbs page – NEW LINK

Pingu worksheets

Plans games/ worksheets – See Going To above

Politically correct language games/ worksheets – See PC Language above

Possessives

Possessive adjectives games/ worksheets

Possessive S games/ worksheets

Predictions games/ worksheets – See Will below

Preferences games/ worksheets – See Likes and Dislikes above

Prepositions

Prepositions in emails worksheets page

Prepositions of location – See Prepositions of Position below

Prepositions of movement

Prepositions of position

Prepositions of time

Present Continuous

Present Continuous for arrangements

Present Perfect

Present Perfect and Simple Past

Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Simple – See Present Perfect above

Present Perfect Simple and Continuous

Present Simple

Present Simple and Continuous

Present tenses

Presentations games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Proficiency – See CPE above

Pronunciation games/ worksheets

Proverbs page

Punctuation worksheets page

Purpose, cause and effect page

Question formation

Reading games/ worksheets

Recommendations games/ worksheets – See Advice above

Relationships page

Relative clauses

Reports worksheets page

Reported speech/ Indirect speech

Requests page

Reviews games/ worksheets – See Writing Reviews below

Sales and Marketing page

Second conditional

Shapes page

Sharing personal experiences games/ worksheets – See Personal Experiences above

Shopping language page

Simple Past games/ worksheets – See Past Simple above

Simple Past/ Present Perfect – See Present Perfect and Simple Past above

Slang page

Small talk

Social issues

Social studies – See Social Issues above

Songs and music games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Speaking games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE

Speculating page

Sports vocabulary page

Stories – See Writing Stories below

Storytelling

Subject questions

Suggestions games/ worksheets – See Advice above

Superstitions worksheets

Supporting arguments

Supporting your opinions – See Supporting arguments above

Syllables games/ worksheets page

Taboo topics cultural training worksheets

Talking about your week and weekend worksheets

Teacher training games/ worksheets for TEFL teachers

Technical English/ English for engineers games/ worksheets

Teleconferencing and video conferencing games/ worksheets page

Telephone interviews – See Telephone job interviews below

Telephone job interviews page

Telephoning games, worksheets, articles and e-book

Tense reviews

Thanking phrases page

There is/ are/ was/ were

They are – See It is/ They are above

Third conditional

Third person S

This/ that/ these/ those

Time expressions games, worksheets, stories and songs

TOEIC page

Topic-based games/ worksheets

Toy vocabulary page

Travel and tourism games/ worksheets

Trends games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Turn taking page

UK culture games/ worksheets – See British Culture above

UK and US culture games/ worksheets – See British and American Culture above

University applications worksheets

Unreal past

Used to page

Verb patterns

Video games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Video conferencing games/ worksheets – See Teleconferencing and Video Conferencing above

Vocabulary games/ worksheets

Wallace and Gromit video worksheets

Want/ Want to

Weather vocabulary page

Will

Word formation page

Writing academic bios games/ worksheets – See Academic Bios above

Writing emails games/ worksheets – See Emails and Letters above

Writing games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Writing minutes worksheets page

Writing reports games/ worksheets – See Reports above

Writing reviews worksheets page

Writing stories worksheets page

Young learner games, worksheets, flashcards, stories and songs for EFL learner

Zero conditional

 

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All grammar games/ activities pages A to Z

As part of the on-going reorganisation of TEFLtastic, am trying to make a complete list of the games/ worksheets index pages. That’s taking longer than I thought, but have done it for the most popular pages, namely grammar:

Adverbs

Adverbs of frequency

Articles

Can/ Can’t

Comparatives and superlative adjectives

Conditionals

Conjunctions games/ worksheets – See Linking Expressions below

Continuous aspect

Count/ Non-count – See Countable and Uncountable Nouns below

Countable and uncountable nouns

Dependent prepositions

Determiners

-ed and -ing adjectives page

First conditional

Future continuous

Future desires

Future forms games/ worksheets – See Future Tenses below

Future Perfect games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE

Future plans games/ worksheets – See Going To below

Future tenses

Get something done games/ worksheets – See Have Something Done below

Going to

Gradable and extreme adjectives

Have/ Have got

Have something done/ Get something done

Indirect speech games/ worksheets – See Reported Speech below

Infinitive of purpose

It is/ They are

Linking expressions

Modals of obligation, prohibition and permission

Modals of probability/ possibility/ deduction

Modal verbs

Mixed conditionals

Narrative tenses games/ worksheets – See Past Tenses below

Passive voice

Past Continuous page

Past Perfect page

Past Perfect Simple games/ worksheets – See Past Perfect above

Past Progressive games/ worksheets – See Past Continuous above

Past Simple page

Past tenses

Perfect aspect

Plans games/ worksheets – See Going To above

Possessives

Possessive adjectives games/ worksheets

Possessive S games/ worksheets

Predictions games/ worksheets – See Will below

Prepositions

Prepositions of location – See Prepositions of Position below

Prepositions of movement

Prepositions of position

Prepositions of time

Present Continuous

Present Continuous for arrangements

Present Perfect

Present Perfect and Simple Past

Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Simple – See Present Perfect above

Present Perfect Simple and Continuous

Present Simple

Present Simple and Continuous

Present tenses

Question formation

Relative clauses

Reported speech/ Indirect speech

Second conditional

Simple Past games/ worksheets – See Past Simple above

Simple Past/ Present Perfect – See Present Perfect and Simple Past above

Subject questions

Tense reviews

There is/ are/ was/ were

They are – See It is/ They are above

Third conditional

Third person S

This/ that/ these/ those

Time expressions games, worksheets, stories and songs

Unreal past

Verb patterns

Want/ Want to

Zero conditional

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Lots of new opposites

My new favourite topic is teaching opposites, starting with the obvious hot-cold and big-little, but then using that simple idea to teach gradable and extreme adjectives, comparatives, appearance words, verbs, and all sorts. Two new articles and many worksheets on my much expanded page here:

Opposites games, worksheets, stories and songs

 

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New Teaching First Classes page

Not particularly good timing, but as part of the continuing polishing up of my Classroom Materials pages, have created a page of relevant links to articles and worksheets on needs analysis, language reviews, discussing language learning experience and tips, etc:

First lessons games, worksheets and teaching tips

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Links all (?) fixed

While fixing the several hundred links to the Englishclub.com articles mentioned below, I also found a whole load more broken links to fix, to which I have two reactions:

“So sorry!”

and

“Why did no one tell me???”

Anyway, it’s now been a couple of days since anyone clicked on a broken link, so I seem to have more or less sorted the problem out, but please let me know here or on the relevant page if anything else sends you to the wrong place.

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EnglishClub.com articles moved

Thanks to a reader comment, I’ve just noticed that all of my articles on EnglishClub.com have slightly different addresses. I’m going through one by one trying to mend the links, and if you find any please let me know and I’ll fix those ones asap.

In the meantime you’ll just get an error message if you click on a broken link. However, you can easily end up at the right place by googling the name of the article (maybe with my name or the name of the site) or the original address.

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New teaching material pages winter 2016/17

As part of the big reorganisation mentioned below, created a fair few new index pages full of lots of lovely worksheets. Here they are, A to Z:

Auxiliary verbs page

Cambridge Proficiency Speaking page

ed and ing adjectives page

ESP page

Extended speaking page

Financial English page

Future desires page

Gradable and extreme adjectives page

History page

HR vocabulary page

IELTS Writing Part One line graph tasks page

IELTS Academic Writing Part One map tasks page

Keynote Intermediate page

Listening page

Offers page

PC language page

Relationships vocab page

Requests page

Shopping language page

Speaking page

Storytelling page

Topics page

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TEFLtastic teaching materials now much easier to find

Updated 22 March 2017

Thanks to the kind (and hopefully satisfied) people who bought a copy of my book, I’ve been able to turn down some particularly undesirable cover lessons and instead finally spend some serious time on sorting out TEFLtastic, starting with the naming and location of the index pages.

All pages now have the standard naming format “… games/ worksheets”, so Googling your chosen topic followed by that (e.g. “Business idioms games/ worksheets”) plus maybe the name “TEFLtastic” should hopefully bring a relevant page up (Google usually being preferable to the actual TEFLtastic search function).

If that doesn’t work, I’ve also sorted out the index pages so that they are in more logical locations and simplified the top worksheets page so that it only includes the main pages, which are now:

Classroom materials main index pages, in alphabetical order

Academic English (EAP) games/ worksheets

British and American English games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE

Business English games/ worksheets

Cultural training games/ worksheets for EFL classes

Cutting Edge games/ worksheets

EFL exams games, worksheets, videos and teaching tips

English File 1 games/ worksheets

English for architects games/ worksheets

English for artists games/ worksheets

English for designers games/ worksheets

English for landscape designers and gardeners games/ worksheets

English for Specific Purposes games/ worksheets

First lessons games/ worksheets – COMING SOON

Functional language games/ worksheets

Grammar games/ worksheets

Inside Out games/ worksheets

Japanese learners of English games/ worksheets

Korean learners of English games/ worksheets

Landmark Advanced games/ worksheets

Learner training games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Legal English games/ worksheets

Listening games/ worksheets

Medical English games/ worksheets

Natural English Intermediate games/ worksheets

Needs analysis games/ worksheets – NEW LINK

New Headway Pre-Intermediate games/ worksheets

Numbers games, worksheets, stories and songs for EFL learners

Presentations games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Pronunciation games/ worksheets

Reading games/ worksheets

Songs and music games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Speaking games/ worksheets

Teacher training games/ worksheets for TEFL teachers

Technical English/ English for engineers games/ worksheets

Topic-based games/ worksheets

Teleconferencing and video conferencing games/ worksheets page

Telephoning games, worksheets, articles and e-book

Time expressions games, worksheets, stories and songs

Travel and tourism games/ worksheets

Trends games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Video games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Vocabulary games/ worksheets

Writing games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Young learner games, worksheets, flashcards, stories and songs for EFL learner

Clicking on those categories and then the subcategories on them (e.g. “EFL exam games/ worksheets” then “FCE games/ worksheets” then “FCE writing games/ worksheets”) should quickly bring you to a page full of the kind of stuff you need. Alternatively, you can use the dropdown menus under the photo above in the same way. These also now work slightly better given the better organisation and the fact that after 10 years I finally worked out how to list all the pages alphabetically…

If there’s anything you can’t find, please leave a comment here. And if you’d like to help me find time to do some more work on the site, please support TEFLtastic.

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