As this is a WordPress blog, I thought I might start with sharing a WordPress activity for higher levels. I have been reading WordPress Freshly Pressed posts for some time and have constantly been feeling that this could be an invaluable resource for using in my classroom. The Freshly Pressed posts seem to me a great alternative to a coursebook from time to time for a number of reasons:
first, they are authentic. No educational material, no matter how high quality it is, can offer such a natural, every day and fresh language; second, the posts are often thought-provoking and make your students want to share their own thoughts and to comment on the posts you are discussing; and third, the topics and ideas are usually very much up-to-date and live, which helps your lesson to be as actual for your students as possible.
So here is an example of how you can make a vocabulary&conversational lesson out of a blog post.
You can download all the documents in Word Format: