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Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) [Paperback]

Penny Ur , Andrew Wright
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Book Description

June 2, 1992 0521397812 978-0521397810
Five-Minute Activities is an invaluable source of ideas for language teachers. It contains resources of over 130 short activities for the language classroom: some are well-tried favourites clearly restated, others are new ideas or variations. Teachers will find activities which can be used to: * help learners to learn or practise particular aspects of language * help students and teacher to get to know each other * provide a smooth transition between two major parts of a lesson * supplement a coursebook * introduce or round off lessons. The activities are designed to combine learning value with interest and enjoyment. Most of them can be adapted to suit classes of different levels of ability, and in many cases there are additional suggestions for variations or extensions of the basic activity. Almost all the activities can be student-led.

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'The activities can be used at any level and adapted to any teaching situation. I would therefore definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE.' Standpoints

Book Description

An invaluable source of ideas containing over 130 short activities for the language classroom.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers
  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 2, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521397812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521397810
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English for EFL purposes? November 20, 2001
Five-minute Activities contains over 130 ideas for the foreign language classroom in its 100 pages. I read this book from cover to cover, and was pleased to be able to make many notes for my future lessons. Some of the activities are actually quite common, and perhaps most teachers would be aware of them, but there were many good ones that I'd never come across, including a few gems. Some are literally five-minute fillers, while others are worthy of spending maybe a whole lesson on. If I had to make a tentative criticism, it'd be that many of the suggestions have students generating language that would never be heard beyond the walls of an EFL classroom. For example, "A pencil is thinner than an elephant." I have mixed feelings about whether this is such a bad thing or not. On the one hand, students can practice structurally correct forms of language and learn whilst having fun. On the other hand, Five-minute Activities doesn't really present them with many opportunities to practise for situations in the real world, which may, of course, not be as fun. Also, I felt that there was a bias for activities that focused on self-disclosure, or competing to be the best in the class. Great, perhaps, for European or South American students of English, but not quite so good for students at my secondary school here in Japan. Overall, I'm pleased to have this book for reference, and I'd recommend it to most of my colleagues, even if some of the suggestions reminded me of what it used to be like as a pupil at a British elementary school.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good for all levels, a teacher's pet! September 2, 1999
By A Customer
I've had a copy of this book since 1995. I keep it in my bag of things for class as it helps to fill in those odd minutes of leftover time.
Here in China I find the activities can be used for much longer than 5 minutes.
I highly recommend it. Money well spent.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the help! November 19, 2002
By A Customer
So, I was recommended this book, along with a couple dozen others, from my TESOL class. I FINALLY bought it here in Seoul and I'm happy to have the help with the ideas. Teachers have to be creative but it's nice to have the help. The only thing that I might have liked to see (and this is just to spoil me) is have the book broken down into their categories in the front of the book, instead of just the index...and by level. I still highly recommend the book because I don't see myself living without it again.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Activity Resource Book July 19, 2005
This book contains many quick activities that require little preparation. It's a good tool for use in the EFL classroom. Many of the activities seem geared for middle school and up, though they can be easily adapted for elementary students. This book would be quicker to use if the activities were marked as appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced at the beginning of the description.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This book has been of limited usefullness for me. I've found only a few activities in here that would be practical for my classes of 40 Korean middle schoolers, but I also believe I'm in a bit of an unusual situation trying to teach English to such big classes. That being said, I did find it useful for, if nothing else, getting my own ideas rolling. I would also like to add that it's rather pricey for a flimsy little book, but I'm sure that if my situation were different it would have been well worth the money. I can pretty much recommend it to everyone EXCEPT those with unusually large class sizes, but it would be good for them too if they could find it used. Otherwise there are good resources to be found online for free.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When we're not on the mood April 12, 2000
By Jeorgia
Sometimes we tachers are so tired after a week of hard work,that we can't think of a good warm up activity. That's when we needthis book , it has excellent ideas for all needs and purposes. I really like it. It's like a Bible to me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 23, 2003
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This is an excellent tool for beginners and advanced teachers alike. This book helps you find ways to teach English, and while you are using it you will develop your own unique ways of changing their material to fit your needs.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful February 13, 2007
I have already used some of the activities in class.

Oriented more to high school, and I have early college ESL
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Always nice to have a book filled with ideas when mine run thin. The book is a great resource for the classroom.
Published 10 months ago by John Berryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for beginners
I bought this hoping it would help give warm up ideas for my advanced class of English learners. It helped a bit but I think it would be better for lower levels
Published 11 months ago by courtney mclure
5.0 out of 5 stars My old friend!
I've had this book for decades and have come to know it as a good friend. It offers quick teaching ideas but beyond that offers inspiration on how existing materials (textbooks)... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ckeh
4.0 out of 5 stars USEFUL TOOL
Published 17 months ago by norabel
4.0 out of 5 stars Five-Minute Activities
This book has so many uses! It can be adapted for warm-up activities as well as filling in a few minutes at the end of a lesson. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a quick and dynamic warmer?
Need a quick warmer to engage your students? Often neglected, the warmer is an important stage of a fun and dynamic EFL class. Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by Executive English Solutions
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for any teacher
This book is worth its weight in gold. It can be utilized as a warm up at the beginning of a lesson, as a teaching tool during the lesson and finally as a closer to the lesson... Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by English Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
Will purchase from this seller again. Shipping was on time and product was in the condition stated in the description.
Published on September 12, 2010 by Shopper Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly useful
I taught adult EFL in Poland this summer, and this book was the most popular by far with all the teachers. Read more
Published on August 10, 2007 by J. Marren
2.0 out of 5 stars Ideas, but they are few and obvious
I only found one idea that I'd consider using in this book. It's thin for $25.00 and the activities are largely variants on very simple ideas I've already seen in fifty other... Read more
Published on February 19, 2007 by gtorg
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