It’s that time of year when we’re looking for ideas to take the tedium out of revision. Here are five quick ideas you can use to do just that!


  1. Response cards

Students hold up cards (yes / no or true / false) to show their thinking. Use as a starter, plenary or springboard for discussion.


  1. Circles

Split the class in half. One half become the outside of the circle, the others the inside. Swap at intervals for new partners.


  1. Musical movement

Students should move around the classroom to the music and pair up when it stops. Repeat for a new partner to develop ideas. I have an incentive that if I hear some excellent discussion from a student they get to pick the music for the next round.


  1. Learning Coach

Student A practises a skill while partner B “coaches” them. They then swap roles. This works really well for exam question preparation.


  1. Quiz and trade

Give each student a question card and ask them to find a partner to quiz. Then they should swap cards and find a new partner.


Five methods to spice up revision in the English classroom

2 thoughts on “Five methods to spice up revision in the English classroom

  • March 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Fab ideas to get the students up & moving! Revising & shaking out some of the revision season stress.

    • March 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thank you. I’m a big fan of making them move – much to their disgust on Monday mornings!


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