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Cool tools

Here’s a great bunch of  online tools! You can create your own materials and games to make your classes fun and memorable. Why not save your materials in digital form and reuse them with future groups too?

Google Jamboard with its colourful little sticky notes

Create e-portfolios with

create STORYBOARDS with canva

create your own fun NEWSPAPER clipping

visual BRAINSTORMING with answergarden

create your own WORDCLOUD

Blackout poetry

play kahoot to review or introduce language

use quiziz to practise language or create short quizzes for fast-finishers

create your own CROSSWORDS and wordsearches with puzzlemaker

make crosswords with Crossword Labs

Find short CLIPS with your target language in this corpus-like website called Playphrase


trim VIDEOS with youtubetrimmer

SPEED UP or SLOW DOWN an audio file with timestretch

Represent language visually with visuwords

use tubequizard for your listening classes

use INTERACTIVE worksheets from liveworksheets

use or create matching activities with  Multidecker


I got some  templates for you here, which I have created for my classes. Feel free to download them and use them with your students. I’ll try to add more soon!

my word map template is a kind of external schema. You can hand it out individually, in pairs or groups, and ask students to work on a word of your choice or theirs. They can use their dictionaries in order to be able to complete all parts. It’s a good tool to promote independent learning, and a deep processing activity for vocabulary development.

A mind map jamboard template. Students can use it as a reflective tool at the end of each lesson, to record all the information they remember from the lesson

the anticipation guide is really plain. It’s a good gist reading (or listening) task. You can ask students to predict what a text or recording might be about, guessing from titles, pictures or the follow up task. Then they can write what they remember about it, after quickly reading or listening to it.

stop the bus  is a well-known game in most countries! Great way to start or finish a lesson. Write a letter on the whiteboard and ask students to think of one item to go in each category beginning with the set letter. To increase the challenge, I play ” stop the second bus”, meaning that the set letter has to be not the first, but the second letter in their words!

storytelling mind map: if you want your students to practise storytelling/spoken narratives, you can give them this organizer. It was inspired from Labov’s narrative model.


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