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These are materials that will probably be suitable for students who have studied English for about four or five academic years. There will also be revision materials for grammar/vocabulary covered at the Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate levels. For more information on the level classification used on esl lounge, go to our level description page.
If you are looking for materials specifically to prepare students for major international exams such as First Certificate and Proficiency, check out our Test Prep section of the site.
The lesson materials have been divided into the following categories for Advanced.
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Pairwork Activities, Surveys, etc
Getting students of this advanced level speaking together in pairs or groups shouldn't be very difficult. These resources should make for the most communicative activities.
English vocabulary gets more and more complicated as learners progress in their English studies. Fine differences between words can confuse students. Here you will find high level vocabulary worksheets and exercises.
Reading and Writing
There are some advanced level reading comprehension worksheets in this section. There are five main types of reading comprehensions:
Themes and Topics
There are a lot of resources in this section to allow for the higher level classes that would like to explore in more depth a particular topic. So here subjects as diverse as 'English as a world language', 'overpopulation' and 'gun control' are examined from different points of view and students can work in groups or as a whole class to discuss and debate these subjects.
We have some good authentic high-level listening materials on the Premium site. These lesson plans for listening include full teacher notes and a variety of accents for more realistic recordings for your students.
View Advanced listening lesson plans on the Premium site.
High level grammar worksheets. At this advanced level, we can find grammar such as complex modal usage and the causative covered.
Conversation and Discussion Prompts
Activities with high teacher control will probably be minimal at this level of students' English learning. Here are some resources to encourage freer group or class discussion.
Alongside the error correction worksheets that are found at lower levels, the main focus at this advanced level is on editing of larger bodies of texts, a vital skill that your students will need to correct their own work. There are four main types of editing required:
Phrasal Verbs always cause problems for students at this level so we have a section devoted solely to this tricky area of English vocabulary.
Why shouldn't advanced level students play games too? If they are used in the same way as at lower level, why not? To make lessons more enjoyable, to give both students and teachers a 'breather', to help foster in students a positive feeling about their learning experience...and twenty other reasons.
Resources which don't fit well elsewhere. For this level, for example, there is something which can be used at slightly lower levels too and gets students to think about their expectations of the course, their teacher, their school and of themselves. ESL teachers have long considered student autonomy important and this helps to get students thinking about the same issue. Also on the same subject as student autonomy, there is a questionnaire aimed at increasing student efficiency when using a dictionary.