2 Word revision
Choose 10 words from the last unit you have covered in your coursebook. Give your students a spelling test of the words. Ask them to check their answers by finding the words on p. x of their coursebooks. Check they understand the meaning of all of the words by asking for short definitions.
Ask your pupils to fold a blank sheet into 16 rectangles. Dictate nouns from a topic eg animals, food, clothes, etc. and your pupils write one word in each rectangle. The students then cut up their ‘cards’, mix them and put them in a pile, face down, in front of them. The pupils play in pairs. Both pupils turn over a card and make a sentence comparing both words eg if you have dictated animal words the sentence might be: An elephant is bigger than a mouse, etc.
This Open University video shows someone committing a crime and viewers are later asked to identify the criminal from a set of photos. Try the experiment with your class to see how well they do. Ask them to describe the criminal to practise language of descriptions. You can even go on to discuss why it is difficult to be an eyewitness.
5 Irregular verb tenses
Use ping pong balls to practise irregular past tenses. Write the infinitive of an irregular verb on a ping pong ball. Include as many ping pong balls as you wish and put them in a jar. Ask students to take it in turns to take a ping pong ball and write the past tense of the verb they have chosen. You can do this as a whole class activity by asking students to come to the front, take a ball and read out the verb to the rest of the class. All of the class should write the past tense in their notebook. Repeat with other students. You can also use this activity as a fast finisher activity.
6 Dangerous jobs in the world
Have you been doing the subject of work with your students? Check out thevideo that goes with the 25list of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Ask your students to predict the top 5 most dangerous jobs in the world (or give them the full list of 25 and ask them to guess which are the top 5). Get them to watch the video and note down the name of each of the 25 jobs mentioned. Did their top 5 coincide with the list? (Answer: 1 Lumberjack, 2 Deep sea fishermen, 3 Bush pilots, 4 Miners, 5 Personal transport drivers)
Copy a short text from a unit in the textbook and introduce 10 common spelling mistakes. Ask the students to correct the text but use a timer to make the activity more fun. Go through the activity as a class.