1. Give the students a series of exclamations ('Oh!', 'Ah!', 'Great!', etc.), and ask them what they think has just happened to make the speaker say them. For example, 'Oh!' might mean that: She has had a surprise. or: He has just remembered something.
2. They might brainstorm their ideas orally, or write them down. If possible, record the exclamations, or say them, rather than giving them in writing; this gives the extra dimension of intonation, and makes the meaning clearer.

List of exclamations:
Bad luck!
Thank you!
Stop it!
No, thank you!
Thank goodness!
Touch wood!
My God!
Good luck!
Oh dear!

Tennis elbow foot

1. Student A says a word.
2. Within a strict time limit (say three seconds), Student B must say a second word that connects with the first in some way.
3. Then Student C offers a third word to connect with B's word, and so on round the circle.
4. At any point a player may challenge the connection of another player. E.g. A: tennis - B: elbow (tennis elbow is an illness) - C: foot (elbow and foot are parts of the body) - D: ball (foot + ball = football) - E: fall (fall rhymes with ball) - F: autumn (Fall is US synonym for Autumn) - A: hymn (the last -n of hymn and autumn is silent)

Express your view

1. Near the beginning of term, tell the students that you want each of them to be ready to talk for exactly four minutes on a subject they care about.
2. Each week select a name randomly. That student must prepare his or her talk for the following week. At the end of the talk the other students can ask questions and express how they feel about the ideas expressed.


1. Prepare individual copies of a list of well-known proverbs using the present simple.
2. Read through the list of proverbs with the class, clarifying any difficult vocabulary and making sure the significance of each is understood. Then divide the class into small groups, and ask each group to pick out proverbs they think are untrue or misleading, discuss what is wrong with them, and invent a version that seems to them preferable.

1 A rolling stone gathers no moss.
2 Still waters run deep.
3 Eavesdroppers hear no good of themselves.
4 Love makes the world go round.
5 Actions speak louder than words.
6 Too many cooks spoil the broth.
7 A bad workman blames his tools.
8 Every cloud has a silver lining.
9 Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
10 The early bird catches the worm.
11 A new broom sweeps clean.
12 Dreams go by contraries.
13 It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
14 Familiarity breeds contempt.
15 Bad news travels fast.
16 The more you have the more you want.
17 Nothing succeeds like success.
18 God helps them that help themselves.
19 Practice makes perfect.
20 Two wrongs don't make a right.