Back to School: Top 5 resources

Get into the back to school buzz with our Digital Teacher Trainer, Jaki Kershaw, and her top five resources for kick-starting your school year with Macmillan English Campus.

Courses1. News Items

Get topical and current content into the classroom with a new News Item adapted from The Guardian every week. Published in three different levels: easy, average and difficult, each News Item comes with an interactive activity that combines relevant comprehension, grammar and vocabulary. Extra ‘food for thought’ questions stimulate in-class discussions – ideal for speaking workshops, conversation classes and debates.


Harry the Shark2. Games

Games aren’t just for children, they can also be a great way of motivating adult learners and encouraging language practice in areas of weakness. Take a look at this lesson plan to accompany ‘Harry the Shark’, just one of 133 games on the English Campus. So next time you’re looking for a new homework assignment, why not try setting your students a new mission instead?


Culture World thumbnail3. Culture World

This module is all about British culture, including different local accents that can sometimes be problematic for learners. Watch instructions from a range of video guides and explore the four zones within Culture World to cover essential parts of British culture: People and Society, Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment. Culture World video activities are a great way to practise listening, while roleplay activities and the voice recorder makes speaking practice simple.


business-speaking4. Business activities

Make business English brilliant with communicative activities to cover essential skills including telephone communication, negotiating and business socializing. Try this blended learning lesson plan on email communication to see how activities can be used in the business English classroom. For a more communicative classroom, try taking a flipped classroom approach with business English students and assign activities to be completed before your lessons.


exam-prep5. Exam Preparation Exercises

If you’re constantly trying to find new and engaging ways to prepare your students for their exams then Exam Preparation Exercises are a real lifesaver. Hundreds of online activities, including teacher-marked speaking activities, provide students with independent practice or in-class preparation for a change of pace.


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Teaching teenagers? As an extra resource to add to this top five for the tricky task of engaging teenage students, you’ll find a selection of activities specifically for teen learners on the English Campus.

Our entire bank of activities is searchable by level, so you can rest assured you’ll find the right activity to capture their attention. Download a selection of lesson plans aimed at teenagers in our Campus inspiration section.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my top resources to kick-start your school year with Macmillan English Campus. For more information, get in touch with us at and we’ll be happy to offer further advice on getting started with Macmillan English Campus at your institution.

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