Practical Grammar Activities

This workshop focuses on the exploitation of mini “grammar” texts in the classroom. It discusses the advantages of short texts and the role they can play in training students to notice linguistic patterns and their uses.  It looks at how a short text (of less than 100 words) can be used as a springboard for an hour or more of focused, engaging language study and practice and explores a range of strategies and activities for bringing the texts to life and for practising the grammar they present, making it personally relevant, memorable and fun.

Texts and activities from the new grammar practice series from Heinle, Practical Grammar, will be used to illustrate the activities. For more information about the series visit

Workshop presented at APAC 2010 (Barcelona ), TESOL Spain 2010 (Lerida), IAFETL UK 2010 (Harrogate), ACEIA 2010 (Seville).

Please click here for the handout and powerpoint presentation.

Word Play

Summary: A range of practical ideas for recalling, revisiting and recycling new words, collocations and expressions. From 5 minute warmers to student generated tests, there’s something for every class and for every occasion, whether it’s a memory boost at the end of a lesson or revision for the final exam.

This workshops was last presented at TEFL del Sur  October 16 2010.  It had also been used at various teacher training days held or sponsored by Macmillan ELT.

Please click here for handouts and comments from participants.

Writing to Learn

Writing tasks are an essential tool in the communicative teacher’s teaching kit, enhancing learning and boosting students’ confidence. A range of practical classroom ideas are presented and modelled in this workshop.

This workshop has been presented at TESOL Spain, IATEFL UK and used at various training days in Spain and Switzerland.

Please click here for the handout and links to blog posts


4 Responses to workshops

  1. Renee says:

    Hi. I´m an English teacher in Sevilla and I attended your workshop at the ACEIA conference on Saturday. I really enjoyed your workshop and would like to use many of the ideas you spoke about in my classes. I was wondering if you would mind sharing your Powerpoint presentation with me. It would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Renée

    • Ceri Jones says:

      Hi Renee,
      I’ve just add a link to the powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the handouts. It’ll take a little while to download and it opens in a new window. Let me know if you have any problems with it.
      Thanks for being there, it was a great experience with such a full room!

  2. Rachael says:

    Hi Ceri I am also looking for the link to your powerpoint… Just to clarify, are you saying you have added a link for us to open or the link is on the handout from the workshop… in which case, I don’t have the handout… I made notes in a seperate book.

    • Ceri Jones says:

      Hi Rachel,
      Are you looking for the powerpoint presentation for the session at ACEIA 2012? (the comment above yours was referring to the presentation in 2010). I’ll send it as an attachment to your email address – and thank you for reminding me to upload it here as well!

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