Archive for ‘speaking activities’

July 31, 2012

First-day of class, find someone who…

“Find someone who…” is a classic activity in the second/foreign language classroom. When students share a first language, it is fine to conduct this activity in the students’ first and shared language. So the focus will be on the students’ background knowledge and interest about the target language and build a language-learning community.

Below is a template for a “find someone who…” activity that can be used in a heritage or non-heritage class with tweaks:

Find someone who   (word doc)    (click it and you will see the link to download the word document)

Find someone who   (pdf)  (click it and you will see the link to download the pdf version of the same document)

January 10, 2012

Warm-up activities for speaking

Below is a template for a speaking activity, usually good for Monday or first day after a holiday break:

In groups of three or two, students draw a picture of what they did in the past. Others have to guess at what they did from only looking at the picture. (ideas from Brian Hampson and Shane Dunkle)

Modifications: a more teacher-centered activity, teacher draws numbers, pictures and other images that seem random but represent what teacher did over the break. Students have to guess.

Modification to suit the topic about describing dormitory life: students draw pictures representing happy moments of living in a dorm and bad moments of living in a dorm (or change it to “living at home”). Others have to look at the picture and guess.