Intensive Speaking and Listening

Ask the students a series of questions based on a topic, and then get all students to listen to the answers. When all students have answered the questions, quiz the students on their comprehension and memory of the responses.

English (How long have you studied English? Why are you studying English?)

Job (What is your job? How long have you worked there? Do you enjoy it?)

Family (How many people live in your house? How many brothers and sisters do you have? Are you married?)

Food (What is your favourite food? What kind of food do you like? What food do you dislike?)

Movies (Do you like watching movies? What is your favourite movie? What kind of movie do you like? What kind of movie don’t you like? Can you recommend a good movie? What movie should we avoid?)


The teacher starts by saying a word. For example “book”. The first student has to say a word that starts with the last letter of the word (eg “king”), and so on.

Questions – Who am I?

Students ask questions and teacher answers yes or no only. Eg. Madonna, Gandhi

Kimberley’s Game

Bring around 20 objects to class. Teacher shows them to the students one by one, confirming the name of each object. Then the objects are put away. Students have to write down the names of all of the objects. (toothbrush, facecloth, film, mirror, bandaid, book, tuna, fork, knapsack, thread, headband, headphones, perfume, tape, cassette, watch, blowdryer, scissors, stapler, comb, disk, remote control, cards)

No No No yes

Teacher asks students questions, students must not say yes or no (must find another way to agree or disagree).


Students create fake definitions (bee in her bonnet, cheapskate) for words or phrases. The teacher collects the fake answers, adds the correct answer to the pile, and reads them out one by one. The students vote on which one is correct. Source: