Friendly debates with “mad libs”

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: fun and informal debates focussing on polite turn-taking, interrupting, agreeing, disagreeing, giving opinions and expressing doubts.
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (emphasis).
Language focus: vocab – polite turn-taking, interrupting, agreeing, disagreeing, giving opinions and expressing doubts.

First Lesson: Low Level Ice-Breaker

Levels: beginner to low pre-intermediate. Teachers with higher level classes might want to use my friend Jackie’s interview lesson, which you can find here.
Ages: teens; adults
Type: conversational; “breaking the ice”
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (intonation patterns and individual sounds).
Language focus: introductions; any grammar and vocab that arises.

DIY Board Game

Levels: strong elementary to advanced.
Ages: kids; teens; adults.
Type: board game; conversations.
Skills: listening; speaking; writing; pronunciation (difficult phonemes).
Language focus: question forms; vocab revision.

Category-Match Newspaper Reading

Levels: strong pre-intermediate to advanced.
Scope: teens; adults.
Type: reading from whole newspapers; conversations about the news.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: grammar and vocab structures from the ‘papers.

An “Agony Aunt” letter lesson plan

Levels: pre-intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: reading and replying to agony aunt letters.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: revising/teaching grammar, register and vocab structures of informal letters.