An alien encounter
A few years ago at TESOL-SPAIN, I saw a great talk by Catherine Morley about using dictation in the class. She demonstrated a number of activities and one which has always stayed with me is “A 2 Day in 5“.
I created my own version for a group today as we were doing a reading activity related to aliens. Here goes…
3. personality adjective
4. body part
5. friend’s name
9. different colour
12. another friend
13. action with -ing
One day (12) was walking in (6) when s/he saw something very strange. It looked like a (3) person, but it had (1) skin and (10) (4). (12) went closer and asked “(7)” “I don’t know,” replied the alien. “But I’m hungry and I want to eat a (11) (9) (2). (12) thought this was very odd, so s/he called (5) and together they took the alien to the (8) and started (13).
I used this all afternoon last Friday, it’s always good fun. 🙂
Thanks Steve O – it’s a fun activity and gets everyone involved. I often ask comprehension questions after students read out their stories as it encourages them to listen more…especially if there are points involved!