This entry is a response to an ELTBITES blog challenge, asking participants to describe an English teaching activity which would use a minimum of resources (or none). This is something I’ve tried – with success – on many summer courses, as icebreaker activities, and to get learners to know each other better.
Feel free to read through it, even if you’re not an ELT professional – maybe you’ll get some ideas for your language learning? If you do, share them in the comments below!
Activity: “5 Important Things”
Aims: to give learners a chance to practice speaking in a freer, personalized context (talking about things that matter to them); to enable learners to develop their planning skills (outlining, preparing to speak, making notes)
– Skills practiced: Speaking, listening, writing (note-taking, summarizing, outlining)
– Resources needed: pens & paper (works well with bigger sheets of paper)
– Level: Elementary + (really takes off from Pre-Intermetiade upwards)
1. Teacher draws 5 things on a board / piece of paper. No words, just pictures / symbols. T explains that these things are important to her. T asks students to listen to a short explanation, take notes & ask for more questions about these things.
2. T delivers a mini-talk, explaining each image in turn. Ss take notes, then ask questions about th3 5 things.
3. T asks ss to draw their own 5 important things on their sheets of paper.
4. Ss prepare their own short talk about what their 5 things are & why they matter to them.
5. Other ss listen, take notes, interview the speakers.
6. Feedback: t listens & notes down vocabulary to focus on later.
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