This is a grammar extension activity if you have taught relative clauses and feel your class needs speaking practice in this area.
Firstly, as for the main activity your class may need to use the alphabet quite heavily to complete the activity, it may be of value to recap the pronunciation of individual letters using the following worksheet (depending on how confident your students are with the alphabet).
Find the worksheet here: Dictating and The NATO Phonetic Alphabet
Next we have the main activity which explained fully in the teachers notes at the end of the document. Crosswords are a fun way of practicing relative clauses as long as you ensure students use them in their clues: “3 Down is a city where The Beatles were born”.
This exercise features two corresponding crosswords and is a communication activity in which students for their own clues for the items from UK and USA culture listed on the worksheet.
The activity is suitable for intermediate and above, and also requires that students have at least a basic knowledge of UK and USA culture.
Find the communication activity here : UK and USA Culture
We continue our obsession with these pub quiz-style activities with these final offerings, this time designed to facilitate the use of the comparative.
The comparative can be a rather dry grammar topic so once you have gone through the rules, why not inject a little fun into the class with these quizzes?
The two activities below are designed for pre intermediate and upper intermediate + classes. If your class is intermediate level, have a look at both quizzes and you may find that one could be used with your class.
Notes on the target language (e.g. “I think a dolphin can swim faster than 20 mph”) are included on the worksheet.
Download worksheets here: Pre Intermediate Comparative Activity and Upper Intermediate Comparative Activity.
Here are two more variations on our current run of quizzes, this time we have number quizzes based around fun facts about the USA and the UK.
With some vocabulary help, these resources can be used with intermediate and above level students and would be perfect for USA-based or UK-based summer schools and teaching English to migrants and refugees in the USA or the UK.
Download the quizzes here: USA in Numbers and UK in Numbers
Here is another fact-based quiz this time to practice How…? questions (How many…?, How much…?, How long…?, How far…? etc.).
The quiz not only tests How…? questions but also complicated numbers including six digit numbers and decimals.
You can use this quiz with intermediate and higher level students.
As this activity could potentially take a while (30-45 mins), it is a fun activity for the end of the week/a fun class.
You can download the activity here: How…? Quiz
Here is an extra resource for practicing question formation, recommended for good pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper intermediate. You can also use this resource for practicing more complex numbers.
All the facts and figures come from a fun board game we were playing at the weekend that we figured would be great for the classroom.
Download the worksheet here: Question Formation Numbers Quiz
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In this short TED talk (05:49), Graham Hill tells us to strip back our lives if we want to be happy. He talks about the huge personal storage industry which continues to grow as we keep on accumulating more and more stuff.
Level and Language Focus
With subtitles and a transcript available, the video can be used differently for a variety of levels but we recommend using the video in classes of intermediate, upper intermediate or pre advanced level.
There are a lot of numbers used in the video and this is something you could expand on using the worksheet below. The video could be used alongside the teaching of quantifiers for which there is a conversation activity below.
You can view the video on YouTube, or via the TED website. YouTube offers subtitles and TED has subtitles plus a transcript too.