Welcome to Teaching Tips. This is a new space for teachers where we’ll be posting lots of extra fun and useful teaching ideas for teachers to use in their young learner, high school and young adult classes.

September 27: World Tourism Day

Tourism _eli _la _spiga


To revise vocabulary related to holiday types.
To present and practise the language of holiday activities.
To give the students speaking practice using travel and holidays as the theme.
To practise the language of persuading.
To practise the language needed to work in a travel agency.


TIMING: 40-60 minutes (or 2 separate lessons where part A is done in the first and part B is done in the second. If the students are already familiar with travel agencies and the necessary language, then go straight to part B)

Written by Tracey Sinclair

Enough Time in a Day

Enough _time _in _a _day _eli _la _spiga

To get students to discuss how they spend their time outside school hours
To increase students’ vocabulary related to time and revise what they already know.
To help students organise their time outside school hours


TIMING: 20 minutes + 5 minutes for feedback (3 separate lessons or 50 minutes for all 3)

Written by Tracey Sinclair

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October 15: Global Hand Washing Day

Bimba _acqua _eli _la _spiga

To inform children about the importance of using soap.
To encourage our pupils to wash their hands.
To present a poem to help timing hand washing.


In lower level classes – bring in soap. Show the children what it is and tell them it is a bad germ killer, more commonly known as ‘SOAP’.

1) Take a piece of blank paper...

Written by Tracey Sinclair

Back to School

Back _to _school _eli _la _spiga

To revise the language of pencil case items.
To extend pupils’ vocabulary.
To practise the language of instructions.
To practise /or present the language of materials such as metal, plastic, cotton, etc.

STUDENT LINGUISTIC LEVEL: A1 (from the 1st year to the 5th year, see below for extension exercises of 4th and 5th classes)

TIMING: 10 – 15 minutes depending on if you are teaching or testing.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: pencil case, pencils, pens, rubber/eraser, colouring pencils or felt tips, crayons, glue, a pair of scissors, a pencil sharpener, Liquid Paper/White Out, ruler, highlighter.

Written by Tracey Sinclair

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Sleeping Positions


Did you know that the position you sleep in describes your personality?
Match the picture of the sleeping position to the character description of the sleeper...

Written by Tracey Sinclair

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