Quick Fillers

Many teachers dread running out of materials in a lesson. If you're looking for something to fill a twenty-minute space in your class, try some of these!


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Title
Infinitive of Purpose Crossword
Target Structure
Infinitive of Purpose
Level
Elementary to Intermediate
Time
20 minutes
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Description
Do your students need a fun way to learn to express purpose?

This worksheet looks at 'Infinitive of Purpose' ('I went to the supermarket to buy some bread..' etc.)

There is a gap fill crossword - each student has half the information. They can then give clues to their partner - e.g. 'I went here to borrow a book'.

This crossword is written for upper-elementary and lower-intermediate level classes.

 


 

Title
Quiz Time: The United States
Target Structure
N/A
Level
Elementary to Intermediate
Time
30 minutes
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Description
How much do your students know about the United States?

This fun quiz is a great way to fill some spare time in a lesson. Many of the questions are multiple choice, and cover topics including:

  • the names of states
  • famous landmarks
  • movie years
  • nicknames for money

Even if your students aren't experts on the USA, there are lots of questions that they'll be able to guess.

This worksheet is designed to be suitable for all different levels - you can help by just pre-teaching some vocabulary!

If you're looking for a quiz on the UK, follow this link to see our United Kingdom Quiz.

 


 

Title
Intermediate Grammar Goofs
Target Structure
Various Intermediate
Level
Intermediate
Time
30 minutes
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Description
Help your students target those pesky intermediate-level errors with our Grammar Goofs worksheet!

There are twenty-four cards which you can either cut out or use as they are on the handout. Each sentence has an error commonly made by intermediate-level students.

Topics cover include:

  • tenses
  • used to
  • modals
  • conditionals
  • able to
  • have something done
  • indirect questions
and much more!

It's great to use either as a game in the lesson or as homework.

This is the third part of our series of grammar goofs. You could also check out our complete error correction collection!

 


 

Title
I love the hustle and bustle!
Target Structure
Idiomatic Language
Level
Intermediate and above
Time
45 minutes
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Description
Help your students to sound more natural in their speech patterns!

This worksheet looks at two-word fixed phrases - sometimes called binomials.

Examples covered include:

* safe and sound
* peace and quiet
* null and void
* nip and tuck
* kiss and make up

After the lead-in, there is a gap-fill quiz, where your students need to guess the second half of each phrase, along with the meaning.

This is followed by additional vocabulary practice and discussion questions.

If you're looking for an extra challenge for your class, we have included some cards to cut up with additional phrases for your students to match.


 


 

Title
All About 'Put'
Target Structure
Idioms, Vocabulary
Level
Intermediate +
Time
45 minutes
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Description
Build your students' vocabulary and have fun with this worksheet!

The lesson is based around expressions using 'put'.

Your students will study

- put up with something
- put something behind you
- to put it bluntly
- put [an idea] forward
- put you off something

There is a gap-fill exercise, followed by lots of follow-up practice and discussion questions at the end.

This worksheet is written for intermediate-level classes.


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