This is an activity to introduce and practise idioms and expressions related to sleep. Students first divide the expressions into 3 categories, then complete the questions with the missing idioms and expressions and answer the questions with their classmates.

Level: B2

Time: 60 minutes


  1. To increase familiarity and correct use of idioms and expressions related to sleep.
  2. To complete the questions in Exercise 2 with the missing expressions.
  3. To develop fluency and answer questions containing the target language in pairs.


  1. Zzz Worksheet, one per student.


  1. Write down the following questions on the board and ask students to discuss them in pairs:

How many hours of sleep do you need per night? Are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper? Do you talk in your sleep? Do you remember your dreams? Do you need an alarm clock to wake up?

  1. Hand out a copy of Zzz Worksheet and ask students to individually complete the table in Exercise 1.
  2. When the students have finished, ask them to mingle with other students and find those who can define for them the idioms they are unsure of or do not know.
  3. Check together as a class.
  4. When the students have finished, ask them to complete Exercise 2 individually.
  5. When they have finished, ask them to compare with a partner before checking together as a class.
  6. When the students have finished, put them into pairs or small groups of 3 and ask them to answer the questions in Exercise 2. Encourage the students to use the target language when they answer the questions.
  7. When the students have finished, ask them to share the most surprising answers they have heard.

Fast finishers:

  1. Ask students to choose 3 expressions that caught their attention and briefly answer the following question e.g. What would the world be like if…everyone woke up at the crack of dawn? What would the world be like if… everyone suddenly became a night owl?

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Would you rather…?


This is a free Would you rather…? printable board game for students to get to know each other better or/and to practise speaking for fluency. The game could be used at the beginning of each term/year, when a new student joins the class or as a starter or an activity at the end of the class.

Level: B1+

Time: 45 minutes


  1. To practise speaking for fluency whilst answering Would you rather…? questions.
  2. To learn new things about students’ classmates.


  1. Printable Would you rather board game .
  2. One die per group of 2 or 3.
  3. One checker per player.


  1. Put the students in pairs, or groups of 3, and give them a copy of ‘Would you rather…?’ board game and a die.
  2. Players take it in turns to throw the die twice – the first throw indicates which column they should use, and the second throw indicates which row, to obtain the question.
  3. When a player lands on a square, they answer the question from that square. The player has to justify their answer and give examples.
  4. The game continues in the circle going left.
  5. At the end, ask the students to name three things they have strongly agreed on, or disagreed on, with their classmates.

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P.S. Happy St Nicholas Day.