The IWB activities & ideas series 3

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

In this short article we will present 3 different activities focusing on grammar, vocabulary and speaking practice respectively.

Activity 1: An authentic text
Aim: To analyze grammar included in a text
Level: Intermediate +
Language focus: Any grammatical phenomenon in question


Select an appropriate article from a suitable website and make sure it includes a range of instances referring to the grammar point in question.This activity is ideal for analyzing mixed tenses. Pre-teach vocabulary if necessary.

Provide a 'guide question' to the learners and present the text to the learners. For example, note the parts of the text which refer to the past, present, future or identify all the conditional sentences etc.

Allow time for reading in pairs/groups and encourage the learners to highlight the grammar points in question using a different color each time.


By Akis Davanellos, MA (ELT), Trainer, Designer


Activity 2: Word grouping
Aim: To group words which belong to a larger group of words
Level: Pre- Elementary +
Language focus: Any vocabulary set e.g. furniture, animals, clothes etc.


Use a website for word cloud creation eg Wordle™ or WordItOut and create a cloud including the selected word group in mixed order.Ask the class to identify the word group.

Then, ask the groups / pairs to divide the words into smaller groups e.g. clothes may be divided into men and women's clothes.

To make the activity more motivating, especially for younger learners, invite a learner to the IWB and, using an IWB marker, he / she should draw a line around the new group of words. Continue with a different colour marker until all words belong in a group.

Note: Some words may belong to more than one categories.

(Adapted from 'Instant activities using technology, MacMilan 2011)

Activity 3: My project work
Aim: To practice speaking skills presenting an investigation
Level: Elementary +
Language focus: Speaking skills – Presenting


Prepare a power point presentation including the following information. Each line should be presented on a different slide.


* What is it about?
* Why did I decide to do this investigation?
* What have I learnt from this investigation?
* What sources did I use to select the information for the investigation?
* ...................................................................................
* .............................................................................

Present each topic separately and discuss with the class. Ask each group/pair to select the project they prefer. After selecting the project title allow enough time for the pairs/groups to discuss the details for each question.

Set a time limit (30 – 40 minutes) for the students to prepare their mini investigations. Encourage the learners to present their investigations using power point presentation software.

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