Upper Intermediate

These are materials that will probably be suitable for students who have studied English for about three academic years. There will also be revision materials for grammar/vocabulary covered at the Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels. For more information on the level classification used on esl lounge, go to our level description page.

The lesson materials have been divided into the following categories for Upper-Intermediate.

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Pairwork Activities, Surveys, etc

Working in pairs or small groups at this level will be easier for students and the materials therefore will be more 'flexible'. Check out the 'Conversation and Discussion Prompts' further down this page for even freer speaking activities.

Flashcards and Rolecards

At upper intermediate level, students are better able to cope with more open role plays which you will find in this section. Situations are less forced and more realistic. This is especially important if students are not being taught in an English speaking country and where they will not be exposed to real world English outside the class.


For lessons when students will concentrate on particular parts of the language. In Upper Intermediate, you will find worksheets on, amongst others, passive, be used to and reported speech.

Conversation and Discussion Prompts

These conversation and discussion prompts allow for more open student to student or open class speaking. At upper intermediate, for example, there are resources to practice conditionals, futures and reported speech amongst others.

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Reading and Writing

There are materials here for the practice of more specific reading skills such as gist, skimming and scanning that is necessary at these higher levels to prepare students for the different types of reading they will have to do in English.


At upper intermediate level, the vocabulary resources becomes even more specialised. There are vocabulary worksheets on, to name a couple, idioms and movements of the body. There is also a large group of worksheets that focuses on the important area of collocation.


At all levels, games provide a welcome change of pace for both student and teacher and at upper intermediate level, there are some games to practice the main language points learnt such as phrasal verbs and vocabulary.

Check out the main board games section too.

Error Correction

Materials to hone students' abilities at self-correction which can help to increase their independence as learners. Such materials at this level deal with upper intermediate grammar areas.


For Upper Intermediate, there are some interesting things here including an 'impossible sentence' challenge and a look at contradictory proverbs.

English Proverbs

Want to teach your students English proverbs? Where there's a will there's a way! Click for our random proverb and definition.

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