In a previous post, I talked about how to set up a character build in the class and how they can be used to practise specific grammar points. With my KET group, we recently looked at the present perfect with for, since, just, already, etc.
We did a character build in class and then the learners completed the following worksheet:
It appealed to the more creative learners, both artistically and linguistically and I allowed the learners freedom to answer the questions how they saw fit. Our character, a lovely Swedish lady who lived in Madrid, had just stolen something from IKEA according to one learner!
Here’s an easy activity to start your lessons with – it’s student-created, gets them communicating and can be used to practise specific grammar points or just as a fun warmer.
Ask for a volunteer to come to the board and tell them they’re going to draw a person, using information that the other students supply. Ask students questions to “create” the character…
Is it a man or a woman?
Is he tall or short? Fat or thin?
What’s he wearing today?
Where is he?
What are his hobbies?
Where does he work?
Has he got a pet?
The student at the board needs to incorporate the answers into the drawing and when you have created the character, ask students to tell their partner about the person (and give him a name as well). You could also prepare some fast finisher cards to hand out to students with extra questions, such as…
I had a great time Thursday morning, sharing some ideas for prep-free speaking activities with the fab team of teachers at ELI in Sevilla. Below the presentation you can find links to the activities I presented and if anything is missing, I’ll write about it soon!
I’m killing two birds with one stone with this post! Firstly as it allows me to throw out another piece of paper with thoughts from last year written on and also it’s good for one of my new year resolutions!
At some point last year, probably during my quest to make use of more routines, I started a list of some activities I could do in class to revise language. So here’s my list…