The IWB activities & ideas series 5

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

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

Activity 1: Get your tenses right

Aim: To review tenses
Level: Any
Language focus: Tenses

Procedure: Make enough paper copies of the following chart which is also displayed on the board. Ask the learners to provide an example for the first box including the structure and the function in each case.

For example: the plane departs at three o’ clock from the airport.Present simple for timetables, general truth etc. 

Ask the learners to work in groups and fill in all the other boxes. You may allow them to consult their grammar books and this would be an excellent opportunity for revision before exams etc.

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

When all groups have finished, invite volunteers from each group to write their sentences on the board.Allow peer correction and proceed with constructive correction.


Activity 2: Word games

Aim: To create opposites adding prefixes
Level: Advanced
Language focus: Opposites  
Procedure: Make enough paper copies of the following chart which is also displayed on the board. Also write the following words: able, different, do, patient, resistible, code, stick. Work as a group to place the words in the right column.
Ask the learners to work in groups and think of as many words as possible to go in each column.

Groups win one point per correct word and they lose five points for any column which will be left with no words at all. The selective use of dictionaries is encouraged.

dis- in- un- im- ir- de- non-

 Activity 3: Write what you listen 

Aim: To develop audio skills and intensive listening
Level: B class+
Language focus: Intensive listening  
Procedure: Carefully select an authentic piece of listening (or sanitized for lower levels) and number its sentences to match the number of students in class. If the text is longer use the same numbers for more than a sentence.
While playing the recording call out the appropriate number before each sentence and the student with this number should write down what he / she has heard. Play the recording twice if needed and leave enough time for the learner to write down the sentence.
Then, organise the class as a group and ask them to put the sentences in order. If they have missed something out encourage prediction in context. Finally, work on spelling and then present the correct form of the audio script for self correction and discussion. 


Akis Davanellos has been a school owner and Practitioner Teacher for twenty three years and he holds an MA in ELT from the University of Warwick. He has written a number of articles in local and international journals and he has worked for international and local publishing companies presenting professional and commercial seminars and courses. He has also been involved in forthcoming book evaluations and piloting. He is the initiator and the main materials designer of the IGUANA PROJECT publishing house, the initiator of the Iguana Project Educational Support System for schools (I.P.E.S.S.). He has also developed the ‘e-enilikes’ method for adult education and various e-learning programs for distant learning.


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