Activities for Learning English (part 2)

We’re back with our second installment of useful activities for learning English. Thanks to ADOS Jo for the inside track. Check out part 1 here.

Using new language in context

Students choose words and phrases that they want to review. They write sentences using these, but leaving a space where the key words or phrases should be. They swap with another group and try to guess the missing words/ phrases.

Why it’s useful

Students have the chance to practise how to use the new language that they have studied.

Review quiz

At the end of the week, students work in groups to write a quiz based on what they’ve studied that week. They give their quiz to another group to complete.

Why it’s useful

This gives students two opportunities to review what has been covered in lessons. Once when they prepare the quiz, and secondly, when they complete another quiz.


Students match words and pictures.

Why it’s useful

It can be helpful to associate new words with pictures to make them easier to remember.

Speaking about graded readers

All students choose a book at their level to read for 10 minutes in lesson 2. In some lessons they talk to each other about their books and compare useful language they have found.

Why it’s useful

Everyone chooses a book that interests them and discussing them provides opportunity for using language to summarise a story and make recommendations, as well as focusing on noticing useful language and collocations.

Focus on objectives

We write the objectives of each lesson on the board and also ask students to discuss/ summarise what they have learnt at the end of lessons or the week.

Why it’s useful

This helps students to recognise what they are learning and focus on what they have found easy and difficult in classes. They can also discuss their own personal objectives with their teacher.

Students in class using various activities for learning English

Notebooks and folders

We encourage each student to have a notebook where they write down new language in lessons. They should also have a folder to store any handouts from the lessons.

Why it’s useful

It’s important to write down what has been learnt and organise notes in order to be able to review them.

English only!

We encourage students to only use English in lessons.

Why it’s useful

The more you use English, the faster you improve. It also creates a more friendly atmosphere in classes as it means everyone can understand what is being spoken.

A syllabus/course books

We follow a syllabus and use course books for our classes.

Why it’s useful

This ensures that a variety of topics are covered in classes, which as well as helping with general development in English, is also important for students taking exams, to make sure that they cover all relevant areas. Our teachers are experienced and flexible so they adapt the course book material and syllabus topics to suit the needs and interests of each class.

Feedback on Speaking and Writing

We include a lot of focus on speaking and writing in lessons. We give students constructive feedback on what they have produced and encourage them to make a note of common errors and useful language and structures they have used.

Why it’s useful

This provides personalised feedback. Keeping a record of feedback received gives students something to refer to the next time they write or speak in English. This helps them to remember to check for common errors and also to reuse language they have used well.


Students prepare to give a talk on a topic of their choice. While listening to each other’s talks, students prepare questions to ask each other to get more information from the speaker.

Why it’s useful

This gives an opportunity for students to research an area of interest, both through the content of the presentation and also the language needed. This could be a hobby, home country or a subject they want to study at university. Preparing questions gives students a reason to listen to each other and to find out more about each other’s interests.


Students watch a short video and answer and discuss questions related to it.

Why it’s useful

This can provide more authentic listening practice, such as listening to native speakers using a variety of accents as well as the visual aspect helping to aid understanding.


Thanks for reading! We hope this has given you some valuable tips on different types of activities for learning English.