October 7


Wow – now I have them, I wonder how I ever managed without them!  Well, actually I can remember life before mini-whiteboards quite clearly and to be honest, it wasn’t all that bad!

Mini-whiteboards are another one of those resources which you can use over and over again for a variety of different activities.  They’re cheap (pieces of white paper laminated), easy to clean and environmentally friendly.  I made a set of four, so that students can use them individually, in pairs or in groups of three depending on my class size and I’ve used them A LOT so far…

With VYLs, we used them to practise writing numbers.  I said the number, and they had to write it – simple.

With YLS, we did a spelling race of the new vocabulary we’d learnt.

With teens, we played Las Vegas Grammar and they wrote their answers on there.

With adults, we did a Word Transformation activity (which you can find in the Vocab section here) and teams had to write the correct word as quickly as possible.

April 15

Missing Letter Sentences

Well, here we are, raring to go at the start of the third term…or something like that!I thought I’d start the new term with another game, something to amuse and frustrate your students and challenge them to think outside the box.

For this activity, I use pictures from English File 1 Teacher’s Book (OUP), which can be found to print on their web page:

Divide the class into two teams and give one member of each team a board pen. Explain to the students that you’re going to show them a picture and that they must write a sentence related to that picture which can’t contain a certain letter. Choose letters which the students would instinctively use when they first look at the picture. The students take it in turns to write sentences and you can award points for the first team to write a suitable sentence.




Write a sentence about this picture without using the letter “e”.
So they can’t say, “They’re eating a cake.” or “They are sitting on the sofa.”
But they can say, “It’s John’s birthday.” or “Two kids look happy.”




Write a sentence about this picture without using the letter “o”.
So they can’t say, “It’s a dog.” or “It’s got a small nose.”
But they could say, “This animal is very friendly.” or “It isn’t a fat cat.”

Have fun!