Over 200 pages to teach students what IELTS Listening really involves, giving them knowledge of the key vocabulary, typical phrases, trick questions, difficult things to listen for, hard spellings, etc in the test. All without any boring recordings or awkward silence in class! Available here now:
Teaching IELTS Listening: Interactive Classroom Activities – NEW
If you haven’t bought any of my books (recently), you could also think of buying a copy as your (tiny) Patreon-style donation to support me in producing more materials and teaching ideas. If you’re not interested in IELTS Listening and/ or can spare another pound, my other exams and business skills e-books are here:
Often after my last TEFLtastic Classic (needs and instant personalised practice), I often start business courses with a big review of the basic language for electronic and face-to-face communication, with materials like these:
First contact and further contact picking roleplays (email, online, phone and face to face) – NEW
Telephone, email and face to face error correction pairwork – NEW
Starting and ending business communications simplest responses – NEW
Business communication brainstorming and error correction – NEW
Different kinds of business communication dice game Market Leader Int version
Communicating before, during and after meetings practice (emailing, telephoning, etc – in this bargain e-book)
First contact line by line brainstorming and jigsaw
First contact functions card game (face to face, email and telephone)
Prepositions of time pairwork guessing game (including business skills review)
Business communication prepositions and determiners pairwork
Business communication pairwork correction game
Starting and ending business communications jigsaw texts (email, telephone and face to face, a polished up version of my worksheet in English Teaching Professional magazine)
First contact and further contact dice games (emailing, telephoning, teleconferencing, video conferencing and face to face)
Travel English telephone, email and face to face dice game
Different kinds of business communication meeting criteria board game
Telephone, email or face to face functional language dice game
Communication challenges dice game
Business English functional language reviews
Not sure how it’s taken me 15 years to make a list of materials that I use so much… For 50 more activities that I suddenly realised that I use all the time, see here.
Updated 26 January 2023
Have finally finished my biggest writing challenge of the year, divided into four slightly more manageable lists of 100 tips for teachers and candidates on Task 1 and Task 2.
100 IELTS Writing Task 1 teaching tips
100 IELTS Writing Task 2 teaching tips
100 IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips
100 IELTS Writing Task 2 tips
Thanks to a heads-up from a reader yesterday, noticed that loads of links are broken as they are all trying to go to https://www./files/ with no name of the site in it. Seems to be sorted now, but if it goes wrong again try:
- manually add usingenglish.com to the missing bit of the link
- Paste that incomplete link into Google
- Google the name of the thing that you are looking for
Links to other sites all seem to be working.
There are so many possible fun presentation and practice activities for “This is/ That is/ These are/ Those are…” that you have to be careful not to spend more time on this minor grammar point than it deserves… However, I think my new activity and new variation should be considered for the lesson or two that this grammar is worth.
This that these those shapes
This is a nice variation on my other this/ that/ these/ those guessing games, because students get to choose which one they want to be tested with each time. Get some things with distinctive shapes such as plastic fruit (with “grapes” etc to practise these/ those) and two bags, one of which is a bit see through. Students choose if they want the object or objects to be put into a non-see-through bag that they can feel the shape through (“this” or “these”) or a semi-see-through bag that they can see the shape through from far away but can’t touch (for “that” and “those”).
This that these those big and little words
This is a smaller variation on my usual activities for this/ that/ these/ those, which I had to come up with in a hurry after another teacher rightly pointed out that purely oral practice wasn’t much good before a partly written progress test.
Draw a huge circle on one side of the board and a tiny circle on the other side of the board, with lines drawing them to suggest perspective to make the tiny circle look far away. Perhaps after guessing a few huge pictures in the huge this/ these circle and tiny pictures in the tiny that/ those circle (my usual drawing game for this grammar), you can do the same for words written with huge letters or tiny letters in the same two circles. This is most challenging and fun if the this/ these words are written so big that the circle cuts off part of the words (and ditto with any pictures you put in there).
As Teaching IELTS Writing: Interactive Classroom Activities seems to have been quite popular, I’ve now put together over 300 photocopiable pages of thoroughly classroom-tested materials that help really teach (not just practise) IELTS Speaking:
Teaching IELTS Speaking: Interactive Classroom Activities – NEW
Unlike many exam materials, the handouts also really help improve students’ speaking and English more generally. As well as getting stacks of great worksheets in an easy-to-use format for under a penny a page, buying a copy will allow me to spend more time writing, including finishing off similar books on Cambridge First, grammar, functional language, negotiating, writing, etc, etc, etc. If you don’t teach IELTS Speaking, the same great deal is also available on these topics:
Teaching Meetings: Interactive Classroom Activities (my last e-book)
Teaching Social English: Interactive Classroom Activities 2nd Ed. (the biggest one, for activities on meeting people, small talk, etc that could be useful for anyone)
Teaching Emailing: Interactive Classroom Activities (my most popular book)
Teaching Presentation Skills: Interactive Classroom Activities (the one that ties together most as a book and so is really worth having as one volume even if you have all of my presentation worksheets)
Teaching Telephoning: Interactive Classroom Activities (my first e-book for teachers)
Really Learn the Most Important Telephoning Phrases (my only book for students)
A mix of old and new materials on “be like”, “look (like)”, “taste (like)”, etc. At the moment the two pages are just the same worksheets arranged differently depending on what your main language focus is, but as usual with my new pages, I’m just getting started on these new obsessions and so many more PDFs and articles will be coming soon.
Sense verbs/ Verbs of perception games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE
Like as a preposition games/ worksheets – NEW PAGE