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Back Words

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Here's a nice little team game to raise awareness of how spelling and pronunciation differ. The teams have to reverse words such as 'main' to get 'name'.

Sentence Search

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This is a pronunciation game focusing on sentence stress patterns. In particular, it aims to raise awareness that pronouns and possessives are not normally stressed. If your students stress them my mistake, the listener will look for a contrastive meaning.

Blues Band

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Want to know about a new blues band's first visit to Spain? Justin Coe tells us about the band, their music and reviews their recent concerts in Madrid and Barcelona.

Head or Heart?

ELT Materials: Head or Heart?

In this personality test, students choose the option which best represents their attitude in various situations. From this, they 'discover' whether they are driven more by rationality or emotion.

Ana's Bag

ELT Materials: Ana's Bag

In this activity, students get the chance to play Sherlock Holmes! They look at the evidence in a picture and try to work out what the owner of the bag did during the last few days. It's an enjoyable way to get some elementary level practice in using the simple past tense.

The Escape

ELT Materials: The Escape

This picture story is from Pen Pictures 2. It helps students learn to structure their writing - each Part of the story corresponds to one 'step' in the classic narrative structure situation-problem-solution-conclusion.

Dogs and Owners

ELT Materials: Dogs and Owners

This is a fun way to introduce the topic and vocabulary area of describing people. It is a sample activity from English Result Intermediate by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald (Oxford University Press)

Patagonia

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This activity is based on a video about the first European settlers in the Magellan Strait. The video is used as a springboard for vocabulary work, and leads into an internet research activity in which students find out more about the events in the video.

The Life of a Tree

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This activity is based on one of the lessons in our book Pen Pictures 3 (Oxford University Press). In this version, the picture story has been made into a video to help insipire the students before they do the writing task.

Crazy Email

ELT Materials: Crazy Email

The students read a holiday email which is full of nonsense and contradictions. They have to identify the nonsense and say what is wrong with it.

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