8 ways to get your classes off to a great start this September

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What have you got planned for the start of the new school year? As September draws nearer, teachers everywhere are thinking about what to do with their first classes – keen to make a good first impression with their new groups.  

In this article you’ll find a selection of useful resources, brimming with ideas to help you prepare some productive, motivating lessons and get your year off to a great start!

1. Summer themed lesson plan

  • Age: Secondary
  • Level: B1+

If your students are still in a summer mood, this article on how to plan a summer themed lesson is just what you need.

Our step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to plan engaging lessons for your learners using the Global Scale of English (GSE) Teacher Toolkit. This free, online tool helps teachers find learning objectives for their students, as well as highlighting level-appropriate grammar and vocabulary.

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2. Five ways you can harness your students’ holiday experiences in class

  • Age: Upper primary to adults
  • Level: A2+

Students love sharing their summer holiday stories in class, so why not make the most of them? From describing holiday photos to creating presentations and more, this post gives you five engaging ways to take your students’ holiday experiences and turn them into learning opportunities.

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3. How to motivate reluctant readers

  • Age: Upper primary and secondary
  • Level: All

Have you ever seen a student yawn during a reading activity? The truth is, many students find reading boring. It’s challenging and can be slow for students with a shorter attention span. This article provides four high energy reading strategies to get even the most reluctant students excited about reading in English.

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4. Teaching teens: 3 ways to embrace mobile phones in class

  • Age: Secondary
  • Level: All

Are you looking for new ways to engage your teenage students? This article gives us three exciting ways to use mobile technology in class. You will learn how to use phones to empower your students and motivate them to study English through quizzes, translation activities and photographs.

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5. Three super hero ideas to engage your students

  • Age: Upper primary – secondary
  • Level: A1 – B1+

Everyone loves superheroes and they fascinate learners, no matter how old they are. This post introduces you to the exciting world of Marvel characters and links learning objectives to the GSE Teacher Toolkit – a free resource which helps you plan useful and level-appropriate classes for your students.

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6. Five ways to use WhatsApp in the ELT classroom

  • Age: Secondary and adults
  • Level: All

WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, is used by students all around the world. In this post we share how you can use it to build student confidence, increase learning time, build rapport among your students and even ‘flip’ your classroom.

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7. Four free webinars to energise your teens classes

  • Age: Secondary
  • Level: All

Teaching new groups of teenagers can be tough. These four webinars from highly regarded ELT experts will offer you lots of inspiration for your teen classes. Focusing on topics as diverse as authenticity in the classroom, teaching 21st century skills and providing effective vocabulary practice, you are sure to find some fresh ideas to try with your learners.

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8. Free English resources for your classroom

  • Age: Primary
  • Level: All

If you want some new materials to use in the classroom, this collection of resources offers lots of variety. You can choose from a number of classroom activities, worksheets and lesson plans – which cover a whole range of topics and are sure to engage and motivate your students.

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Do you have any favorite classroom resources that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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