Sunday, May 13, 2012

Activity 70- Memorizing Messages

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Level: any
Skill: Mainly writing
Grammar point: any
Material needed: a pen and a piece of paper

-          write a sentence and show it to a student at the front;
-          give this student from 5 to 10 seconds (depending on the level), then hide the sentence;
-          this student writes the sentence you’ve shown on a piece of paper;
-          the next student has from 5 to 10 seconds to look at the sentence;
-          the next students follow the same procedure;
-          as the sentence goes around the whole class until the last student has had a chance to look at his classmate’s sentence;
-          Finally, ask the last student to read the sentence and compare it to the one you have written.

Students will have a lot of fun hearing both sentences and how much the content has changed. This can be done in smaller classes as well as large classes, for students can keep on memorizing and rewriting the original sentence while you move on with your lesson.

For Advanced levels, you can show the first student a short story for about 30 seconds, then ask him/her to rewrite it, using his/her own words. When the story reaches the last student, check how different the story has ended.

Source: Vânia Rodrigues

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