Teaching Activities

In 2016, we launched a set of A-Z activity cards for teachers as a free resource for you to take to your classroom.

Each card focuses on one of the NILE trainers’ favourite activities and sets out the intended level and language focus of the activity, plus aims and a detailed procedure.
The colour-coded  A-Z set of cards covers Speaking (blue) , Reading & Listening (magenta) , Writing (orange),  Vocabulary & Grammar (silver) and Pronunciation (purple). 

We launched the cards at the NILE stand for our 21st Birthday Celebrations at IATEFL 2016, giving away the free activity cards.

The full set of activity cards are now available below, with the starred activities having an explanatory video below.

Please let us know how you get on in class!

 

Activity Activity Name Activity Type Level Key Language
Activity A Ask the Expert Speaking fluency A2 upwards Hobbies, questions
Activity B Behind the Words Writing and speaking B2 upwards Speculation
Activity C Corners* Speaking fluency A2 upwards Prepositions of place
Activity D Dyadic Circles* Speaking fluency A1 upwards Any
Activity E English Everywhere Noticing language A2 upwards Depends on context
Activity F Flower Writing* Writing and vocabulary A2 upwards Any topic vocabulary
Activity G Gradeability Speaking A2 upwards Grading opinions, agreement, negotiation
Activity H Hello, how are you?* Speaking A1 upwards Interacting, opinion, prioritising
Activity I Inner Emotions Phonology A1 upwards Responses
Activity J Job Fair Speaking fluency B1 upwards Questions, jobs
Activity K Knowing me, knowing you* Phoneme practice A1 upwards Lexical sets, questions
Activity L Lost voices Writing and speaking B2 upwards Exchange pairs, Q&A routines
Activity M Magic Moments Speaking fluency B1 upwards Past tenses, descriptive language
Activity N Next…* Speaking A2 upwards Cohesion and coherence
Activity O Other people’s views Speaking and Listening A2 upwards Questions, conditionals
Activity P Progressive deletion Phonology A1 upwards Any
Activity Q Quartered, drawn and hung Speaking A2 upwards Prepositions of place
Activity R Runaround Listening A1 upwards Questions, conditionals
Activity S Shouting dictation Speaking and Listening A2 upwards Personal information
Activity T Travel Agents* Speaking B1 upwards Holidays,superlatives, negotiating
Activity U Using questions Speaking B1 upwards Questions
Activity V Vocabox Vocabulary A1 upwards Any vocabulary taught in class
Activity W Word consequences Vocabulary B2 upwards Definitions
Activity X X marks the spot Reading and Listening A2 upwards Giving and following directions
Activity Y Your turn now Speaking B2 upwards Discussion and debate
Activity Z Zoom-in Vocabulary A1 upwards Vocabulary, any topic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trainer Activities

Following the success of the teaching activities, we have now published a set of training activity cards, aimed at teacher trainers in different contexts around the world. 

Eight of these were distributed at our NILE@21 Conference (12th -14th August 2016) and you can now download the full set here. 

Each card focuses on one of the NILE trainers’ favourite training activities and sets out the intended training focus of the activity, plus aims and a detailed procedure.

 

ACTIVITY A  ACTIVITY B  ACTIVITY C  ACTIVITY D  ACTIVITY  E  

ACTIVITY F  ACTIVITY G  ACTIVITY H  ACTIVITY I    ACTIVITY  J 

ACTIVITY K  ACTIVITY L  ACTIVITY M  ACTIVITY N  ACTIVITY O  

ACTIVITY P  ACTIVITY Q  ACTIVITY R  ACTIVITY S    ACTIVITY T

ACTIVITY U  ACTIVITY V  ACTIVITY W  ACTIVITY X  ACTIVITY Y 

ACTIVITY Z