• Inspirational English


Updated: Apr 4

Hi everyone,

Although I have been teaching online for a few years, I still feel excited when a new school year approaches. Being my own boss gives me the freedom to tailor-make each class according to my student’s needs and desires and also “run away” from old-fashioned course books and standardised tests.

Still I know a lot of you are anticipating the beginning of the school year so I have decided to put together my favourite WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL activities.


It is a mingling activity which works really well with a new class. Each student gets a copy of the worksheet that contains the information they need to complete the task. The learners walk around and ask appropriate questions to find someone who has done the activity described in the worksheet.

Download the worksheet here

Board Game

Who doesn’t like board games? You need a dice and some counters and of course a board game. You could either prepare the questions yourself or ask the students to write down their own. The questions could refer to their summer break or a way in which to get to know each other.

Download my template for the board game here

Tell a summer story

Ask the students to create a story about their summer but they need to include 3 FALSE facts. Put the learners to work in small groups and tell each other their stories. You could turn this activity into a game. The student who’s guessed the most FALSE facts will be the winner.

Create a chain story

Before the lesson put up some summer pictures on the wall. The activity works best if the number of pictures corresponds to the number of students. When the lesson starts play a piece of music and ask the pupils to walk around. I would choose soothing music such as “the sound of waves, seagulls…” to put everybody into the mood. Stop the music in a couple of minutes and each student needs to stand by the closest picture. Then they create a chain story using the pictures. You could start with the student who’s closest to the door, for instance.

Create a vision board

I love vision boards and I believe that they are a great way to manifest our dreams. But how about if we create a board which shows our goals for the coming school year and also the projects we would like to involve our students in. You will need a large notice board or a piece of cardboard, some paper and crayons/pencils, etc. First discuss with your students what you intend to achieve by the end of the school year and also what local and/or international projects you could work on and then get creative. I would do some research on some exciting national and international school projects first and prepare a list of the most appropriate ones before the lesson.

You will find more WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL activities in the brand-new issue of the e-zine INSPIRATIONAL ENGLISH, which will be out next week. As usual I have lined up some great stories, interviews, lesson plans and fun activities. If you haven't subscribed to it yet, you could do it by joining our mailing list. It's FREE!

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Have you missed the summer issue of the e-zine? Check it out here.

Have an inspiring new school year!


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