Monthly Archive: August 2014

The yes/no game

This amazing simple game is great for practising open and closed question formation as well as general speaking fluency and has the ability to turn a stern, serious businessman into a giggling 5 year...

Running Dictation

One of the most popular teaching activities and an absolute winner as it combines 4 skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Very easy to prepare, great fun for students and competitive. You prepare...

Common interview questions

In my experience, English teaching interviews tend to be friendly and reasonably easy. In Berlin, the fact that you are going for a freelance position adds to the general air of informality. Questions generally...

Dice

Not only useful for playing Monopoly, a set of dice can be a teacher’s 3rd or 4th best friend for quick practice activities that can be adapted to vocabulary or a skills focus. This...

Cycling in Berlin

The shortening days and rapidly worsening weather mark the end of the fantastic Berlin summer. 35 degree days (and ridiculous humidity) have been fun but I’ve always been more of a cold-weather-person anyway. One...

Alibi

This is my all time favourite game/fun activity and I think one that provides genuinely useful practice in past simple, past continuous and question formation. Your students will really love this game too. Time:...

Grammatical Chairs

Very nice warmer for the class after looking at some grammar point – your past simples, your present perfects and the like. Probably safest to keep this one for your younger/competitive students, although I’ve...