These are three board game activities to talk about health, students’ hometowns and fashion. They can be used together or separately, and are a great way to help students practise speaking and develop fluency, as well as prepare for Part 1 of the FCE /CAE speaking exam.
- To practise speaking about health, students’ hometowns and fashion.
Materials (Click on the worksheet below to download the PDF file):
- Triple treat makes a comeback, one PDF board game per pair or group of 3; a die and a timer per pair or group of 3.
- Put the students in pairs or groups of 3 and give them a copy of one of the board games and a die, they can use their phones for the timer. Aim to have all three board games in use at the same time.
- Players take it in turns to throw the die twice – the first throw indicates which column they should use, and the second throw indicates which row, to obtain the question.
- The player must then speak for at least 1 minute on that topic and provide their partner, or other two group members, with as much detail as possible.
- The game continues in a circle going left.
- Swap the board games after sufficient time to allow all three games to be played by each pair or group.
- At the end, ask the students to name three new things they have learnt about their classmates.
This is an activity for FCE students to practise the passive and the active voice in a fun and competitive way. Students change the sentences from the active into the passive voice or from the passive into the active voice. The activity could also be used as a warmer or a plenary if the students are already able to use the target language confidently.
Time: 30 minutes
- To change the sentences from the active into the passive voice or from the passive into the active voice.
- To get a winning line of four noughts or four crosses in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row.
Materials (Click on the worksheets below to download the PDF files):
- Round One Worksheet, one per pair.
- Round Two Worksheet, one per pair.
- Divide the students into pairs and hand out a Round One Worksheet to each pair.
- The players start with Round One.
- Each player takes a turn to change one of the sentences from active into passive voice. If they manage to do it correctly, they add either an O or an X to the board. The first player to line up 4 of their symbols in a row wins. The students must write each answer in the space provided below the table.
- Repeat the procedure with Round Two Worksheet.
- Monitor at all times and go through some of the most problematic sentences together at the end of the class.
- Ask students to write 4 sentences in the active voice and 4 in the passive voice using a variety of tenses, e.g. Stuart is going to buy Karolina coffee this afternoon. Karolina was invited to a storytelling event by Brittany. When the students have finished they swap their sentences with their partner and change the eight sentences into active or passive voice.
Noughts and Crosses
P.S. “Never use the passive where you can use the active.” George Orwell