Christmas IELTS!

Teaching IELTS isn’t always fun, especially at Christmas time: when everyone else in the school is having a class party and watching Christmas specials of Mr Bean, you’re still slaving away at the coalface of academic English. So this year, I’ve tried to plan something that will satisfy the need to bring some of the … Continue reading Christmas IELTS!

Speaking Lesson Plan (B2+): Selfies and Self-Portraits

Materials to download Powerpoint presentation: selfies-1(.pdf format)   selfies-1 (.ppt format) Descriptions of self-portraits for the reading stage: selfie-descriptions (.docx format)selfie-descriptions (.pdf format) This is a fun EFL lesson plan I created to provide speaking and vocabulary practice to  higher level students. It encourages discussion around the subject of art, modern “selfie” culture, and ends with a CAE part … Continue reading Speaking Lesson Plan (B2+): Selfies and Self-Portraits

Lesson plan (B2): I wish and If only


This EFL lesson plan is a recent activity that I used in an FCE class, which I found to work really well with Upper Intermediate (B2) learners. I think it could work equally well with Advanced/CAE learners as a review of the forms.

It could be a standalone lesson plan, or would supplement most courses well.

The inspiration for this comes from Lindsay Clanfield’s Global English textbook, and uses as its source SMITH Magazine‘s “Six-word memoir” feature, which you can see online here. The idea is that people distil their lives into 6 words, which throws up all kinds of interesting language in itself that you may want to exploit.


  • learners to understand and use wish/if only with past simple and past perfect to discuss hypothetical desires/regrets in the present and past.
  • learners to practise summarisng and reacting to short, abstract texts.


6 word memoir sentences and student worksheet

  • extra controlled practise exercises (optional)
  • post-it notes or similar

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