Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Source: Vinicius Lemos
Here is an idea for a simple idea that can be used as a speaking or writing activity. Moreover, it`s a great opportunity to break the ice and promote some interaction in class.
Level: intermediate or upper
Skills: speaking or writing
Materials needed: none
Ask students to think of a word that best represents their last weekend. Have students write the word on their notebook or just say it out loud. Students sit in groups or pair up with a classmate and explain why they picked that word.
a)Students can think of words that best represent their : day, last vacation,mother,personality, work, country,etc.
b)Instead of sitting in groups to talk about their words, students can write a short paragraph.
Monday, August 22, 2011
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Here is a good idea to use with adult learners as an ice-breaker in the beginning of the class.
Tip: Students can answer the questions orally or in paper. Questions can be displayed on the board.
Material needed: To guide the students, a piece of paper with the questions below
- Name three things that can be attractive.
- What is something your boss can take pride in or be proud of?
- What did you hear in the few weeks that was surprising or that you were surprised about?
- Describe a situation during which you felt confident about it.
- Why is it believed that “the wicked stepmother is always ugly”?
- Name three desirable characteristics. Source: Vânia Rodrigues
Sunday, August 14, 2011
picture credits: markandrews.edublogs.org
Practice the Present Continuous with a fun and engaging game! Teen students will definitely have a blast!
Grammar point: Present Continuous
Material needed: slips with sentences
Divide class into 2 teams and explain that they have to pick a slip and draw the sentence written in it.
Reinforce the idea that all sentences are in the Present Continuous and that the possibilities are "He is _____ing/She is _____ing/They are _____ing"
Reming the student who is going to draw on the board of the basic rules: no miming, no speaking, no writing words!
Each team has one minute to shout the correct sentence (and remind them that to get the point they have to shout the sentence as it is written in the slip!).
Suggestions of sentences to be used:
They are speaking Chinese
He is cooking chicken pizza
She is kissing a frog
They are dancing hip hop
He is going home
She is writing an email
They are playing handball
He is riding a pony
She is washing an elephant
They are drinking lemon juice
He is doing the homework
She is singing opera
They are cleaning the swimming pool
The more complex and odd the sentences are, the more fun the students will have!
Monday, August 8, 2011
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Source: adapted from eslsite.com
Here is a nice idea to build up rapport in class by discussing what they know and remember about their classmates.
Skills: writing, speaking and listening
Material needed: slips of paper
Before class write the name of each student on a slip of paper. In class, give each student a slip and make sure the student doesn`t get the slip with his/her own name. Explain to the students that they are going to have 5 minutes to write down up to 5 things they remember about that person. Collect the slips, read them aloud and ask students to guess who that student is. As a follow up, you can ask students to sit in pairs or in groups and talk a bit more about the information in their slips.
Source: adapted from eslsite.com