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Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) Paperback – June 2, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0521397810 ISBN-10: 0521397812

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  • 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: #334,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Chris Elvin on November 20, 2001
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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 By A Customer on September 2, 1999
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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 By A Customer on November 19, 2002
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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 By Katestrophe on July 19, 2005
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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 By Steven D. Ward on March 20, 2006
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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 By Jeorgia on April 12, 2000
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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 By S. J. Scott on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By English Teacher on July 7, 2011
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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 which puts the students in a better mood before they leave class. Best of all, the ideas in the book really apply to teaching of English and not just fun and games.
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