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by | Aug 2, 2022

Talk about your memories from school


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How to use this activity

This interactive PDF was designed to get your students talking about their memories from school while discovering useful vocabulary related to school and education.

The task is meant to take up about 30 minutes of class time with your beginner students. However, you can use it with more advanced students or groups as long as you expect more detail.

Do this activity as a class or in small groups. Distribute the PDF to your students or display it on your screen. Students take turns reading a memory and then organizing them between “Totally” and “Not at all” depending on whether or not they have a similar memory. Encourage students to elaborate as much as possible.

I was often called to the principal’s office.

“Not at all”

“So, you were a very well-behaved student?”

“No, I just never got caught!”


Go further

You can prolong the discussion by asking your students a few questions after the activity is over.

  • In your opinion, what makes an ideal student?
  • Why do you think students misbehave at school?
  • Why are some students more well-behaved than others?
  • What can schools or teachers do to keep kids interested in their schoolwork?
  • What one change would you make to the education system?


Looking for more?

This activity comes from our VOCABTIVATE: SCHOOL premium resource. This resource comes with 3 other task-based ESL activities concerning appearance.

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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


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