This is a great speaking activity from my acting class. It allows students of lower intermediate + level to share anecdotes from their lives and get to know each other better, as well as practise a variety of tenses.
- To use a variety of tenses.
- To increase speaking fluency by sharing an anecdote from your life with your classmates.
- To retell another classmate’s anecdote as if it was your own.
- To identify which anecdotes belong to which students.
- Depending on the number of students, divide your class into a minimum of 2 groups, with a minimum number of 3 in each group.
- Move the groups so they are as far away as possible from each other.
- In turns, students in each group give a short anecdote from their life, for example, the last time they felt scared, lost something, received a letter, laughed, etc. The other members of the group make notes, as necessary.
- Allocate a time for this; monitor and correct.
- When the students in each group have shared their anecdotes, they must decide which person in their group will repeat their story in first person, and who will go first.
- Nominate one group to start; the whole group stands or comes to the front of the class, and all the students tell another’s anecdote in the first person.
- The other group(s) must decide together which students they think the anecdote belongs to.
- It is then the turn of the next group, who must stand or come to the front of the classroom.
- Continue until all the stories have been told.