Number one for English language teachers

Topic-based materials for teaching teenagers

In this section you will find a range of topic-based materials from cultural news lessons and interactive games to webquests, projects and ideas for news-based lessons.

Why a topical or student-centred approach?

  • Teenagers are hard to please
  • Teenagers often do not like the materials that books provide
  • Teenagers enjoy rebelling against a prescriptive approach
  • Teenagers get bored quickly
  • Teenagers crave independence
  • Left to their own devices teenagers are often more responsible, cooperative and sensible than we give them credit for
  • Teenagers often have stronger opinions about life than many adults

So, in the following topic-based activities:

  • Teenagers set their own activities within a secure framework
  • Teenagers get to work in groups helping and teaching each other
  • Teenagers choose what to read
  • Teenagers get to set their own questions and goals
  • Teacher acts as a facilitator and co-learner 
  • Teenagers get to feel good about what they do know rather than feeling bad about what they don’t know

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Macmillan Readers

Let's play sports! Be on the ball with the latest Sports Readers and resources.



Teenage course developing the four key language skills and life skills in the 21st century classroom.



A fresh four-level course designed to take teenagers from beginner to intermediate level.

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