Learn English through football

Ball ball ball, footie footie footie! I’m a bit obsessed with the beautiful game, and I’ve taught plenty of students who are too! You may have come across Premier Skills English before, the British Council/Premier League site dedicated to teaching English through football. It’s full of great resources, really well-designed and well worth a visit. Premier Skills would be my first port of call for footie related ELT material, but is a new favourite of mine! (more…)

Lesson ideas: football and conditionals

Looking for a way to teach/review conditionals? A former colleague at LTC Eastbourne (cheers Angel) told me that football was his ‘go to’ topic for conditional structures…

Show the students a league table (or part of it):

Use actual upcoming fixtures, or make them up to suit the part of the table you’ve chosen:

Chelsea v Man City (Saturday)

Arsenal v Tottenham (Sunday)


Model some conditional sentences based on the information:


1st conditional: If Man City beat Chelsea on Saturday they’ll move up to 2nd place.


You could provide scenarios for students to write about, or sentences for them to complete:

If Arsenal beat Spurs… (highly likely)


Teach Petr Cech English – a lesson using British Council Premier Skills

I’ve only just discovered the British Council Premier Skills site. It’s a great resource for some of the groups I teach. They’ve got a lesson planning competition going on at the moment, which inspired me to create a little something. My lesson uses this video from the British Council website:

You can find the lesson resources and a football vocabulary revision task here:

teaching Cech English lesson resources

football vocab revision task 


Students discuss the following questions

What’s the hardest thing about learning English?

When you speak English, what’s main cause of communication problems?

Do you think English would be easier to learn than your own language?

Explain to students that they will be watching a video of Premier League footballers discussing what they find hard about learning English. Briefly discuss what students know about the players, their nationalities, etc.