Cutting the first turf

Last days of summer… milking it for all it’s worth 😉

This is an activity for B1 students to review some of the most common mistakes they make and also to cut the first turf… or lay the first stone… or get their feet wet… or simply to break the ice. You get the picture 😉

September again. Back to school.

I have created this activity based on the mistakes my new Spanish students made in a recent speaking activity. It was our first class and I gave them a variety of topics they had to use to create questions for each other e.g. food, free time, travel, school or/and work etc. and it worked really well as they were very talkative from the word go. However, it is not always the case and sometimes students find it hard not only to start speaking without inhibitions on the first day but also to come up with questions to ask their classmates. For that reason I thought of having a list of questions they can use … but not without them having to do some work first 😉 

Students correct the mistakes in pairs, which is definitely less intimidating and then change pairs to interview their classmate(s) which gives them an opportunity to interact with someone new. 

It is a lovely error correction activity, a slightly different way to start a new class and an easy way to assess your students’ language level. Enjoy.

Level: B1

Time: 45 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To identify and correct common mistakes made by B1 students
  2. To interview classmates
  3. To cut the first turf

Materials (Click on the worksheet below to download the PDF file):

Procedure:

  1. Give each student a Cutting the first turf Worksheet and in pairs, or groups of three, ask them to correct the mistakes in questions 1 to 20
  2. When the students have finished, check together as a class
  3. In new pairs, or groups of three, students now interview each other using the corrected questions
  4. Set a timer (maybe 4 minutes) and ask students to write down as much as they can remember about the partner they have just interviewed
  5. If you still have time left students can interview another classmate

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