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Iīm a Brit living in Spain teaching English because thatīs all I could find over here. I like it though.

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Fatboy: A reading
I wrote this a few years back because I didnīt like the way the other kids kept calling one of their number "Gordito" and they never took any notice when I told them it was rude. Mind you, they loved the story when I made them read it and although they still called him "Gordito," they never said it to him in English. So mission accomplished - kind ...
Level: elementary
Age: 9-17
Type: reading
Downloads: 8

there is and are some and any practice sheet
A small worksheet to help elementary level students see how some and any is used with "there is/are" and to see how they are used. No explanation is given on the sheet. This sheet is to be used after the grammar explanation has been given. It can be used for question/answer practice and for consolidation.
Level: elementary
Age: 8-100
Type: worksheet
Downloads: 33

Had Better
A short worksheet for practising the "had better" form. This time with no mistakes! Answers provided,
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-100
Downloads: 53

Telephone Connection Dice Game
Select two speakers, one blue and the other yellow. They throw a dice first and then speak the line that corresponds with the number. The speakers move through the list alphabetically. After they finish, another couple start. When everyone has finished, compare how different the conversation was in content but how similar in context. Different numb...
Level: intermediate
Age: 16-100
Type: activity-card
Downloads: 139

Oronym Exercise and Game
A small exercise to test peopleīs listening comprehension and challenge their pronunciation using oronyms. I have included the snap game at the end, also. Tell them that some people have spoken text messages into their smart phones but the software hasnīt recognised what they said. Itīs up to the class to decide what the speakers meant to say. An a...
Level: intermediate
Age: 9-100
Type: worksheet
Downloads: 24

Holiday Horror Stories
A couple of stories I downloaded from the internet and adapted for First Certificate exam practice for some of my students. Also a handy reading for classes or lessons themed on the subject of holiday experiences.
Level: intermediate
Age: 16-100
Type: reading
Downloads: 119

Genres 1
There are two columns; one for genres and one for situations. Cut each section into strips and place both sections into separate envelopes entitled "genres" and "situations." Students are divided into pairs and then one student takes a strip of paper from the "genres" envelope while the other takes one from the "situations" envelope. Students th...
Level: advanced
Age: 18-100
Type: activity-card
Downloads: 10

Idioms about Engineering and Construction
A short worksheet about idioms connected to engineering and construction projects in some way. There is also a small quiz on the origins of the expressions as well as the answers being at the back. By the way, if you downloaded my Idioms about Crime worksheet, there were a couple of horrible mistakes which have since been rectified and resubmitt...
Level: advanced
Age: 12-100
Downloads: 52

Reflexive Pronouns Worksheet
A small worksheet on reflexive pronouns.
Level: elementary
Age: 11-100
Type: worksheet
Downloads: 105

American and British English Noun Snap
This game can only be played with even numbers. If you have a group of odd numbers then you should join in the game to make up the numbers. Print out the cards and laminate. For a game of two players just give them a pack of 1 colour (blue or red) each. Groups of four shouldn’t be a problem. Players put their cards in front of them face down...
Level: elementary
Age: 7-100
Type: flash-card
Downloads: 44


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