This is a creative speaking activity inspired by a great book by Edward de Bono called “Creativity Workout”.
- To recycle recently studied vocabulary in a new and memorable context.
- One die per pair or small group.
- Draw a 6 x 6 grid on the board.
- Ask the students to review recently studied vocabulary and provide a word for each square. Make sure the students know the meaning of all the words.
- When the grid is complete, put students in pairs or small groups. To obtain words for the speaking activity students throw the die twice: the first throw indicates which column they are going to use and the second indicates which row they are going to use. Depending on the task, they must roll for the number of words and use them repetitively to complete the activity.
- The following are just examples of activities that can be done with random words. They could be done in one session or you could choose a few to do as a warmer or plenary :
- Obtain four random words. Write down 4 questions you would like to ask someone you admire, e.g. your favourite actor, writer, politician, etc.
- Obtain four random words. Describe your perfect day using the random words in any order you wish.
- Obtain four random words. Use the words to tell your life story in as much detail as possible.
- Obtain five random words. Design a short radio advert for one of your favourite brands.
- Obtain four random words. You have won a million pounds. Using the random words explain why you decided not to accept the prize.
- Obtain five random words. You have met an alien. Tell them 5 things they should know about the human race and our planet using the random words.
- Obtain five random words. The zombie apocalypse is coming. Write down five things you think people should do in order to survive.
- Obtain five random words. Write down a list of five interesting first date ideas.
- Obtain three random words. Write down a list of three things that make you extremely happy.
- Obtain five random words. Think of a country you have visited and using the words create a list of recommendations for someone who has never been to that country before.
This is a free printable board game for students to get to know each other better. The game could be used at the beginning of each term/year but also when a new student joins the class. I have also used it with FCE students to practise Part 1 of the FCE speaking exam and encouraged them to speak for at least a minute.
Time: 45 minutes
- To reach the end by moving across the board whilst answering questions.
- To learn new things about students’ classmates.
- Printable Let’s Get Better Acquainted game.
- One die per group of 2 or 3.
- One checker per player.
- A countdown timer.
- Let’s Get Better Acquainted is played by 2 to 3 players.
- Before the game begins tell students to pay close attention to their classmates’ answers as they might be quizzed at the end of the activity.
- Players take it in turns to throw the die and move the number thrown.
- When a player lands on a square, they answer the question from that square. The student has to speak for at least 1 minute and include as much detail as possible in their answer.
- The game continues in the circle going left.
- When the students have finished, in the same groups ask each student to summarise what they have learnt about a person on their right. Continue until both or all three students have spoken.
- Ask students to share how accurate and detailed the accounts of their answers were.
- Ask students to write down 5 ‘Get to know you’ questions that they tend to ask people they have just met, e.g. at a party.
Lets Get Better Acquainted
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This is a puzzle I created using Free Discovery Education Puzzle Maker. The idea is to recycle some of the vocabulary students have used in Mirror mirror on the wall… (Previous post).
Time: 20 minutes
- To recycle and revise vocabulary used to describe physical appearance by unscrambling the 12 jumbled words.
- To discuss a famous quote by Ovid.
Printable Mirror mirror on the wall…double puzzle, one per student.
- Hand each student a copy of the printable worksheet, Mirror mirror on the wall…double puzzle.
- Individually, the students must unscramble the 12 jumbled words and put the letters in the numbered boxes into the corresponding boxes at the bottom of the page to reveal a quote by Ovid.
- When the students have finished, they compare their answers and discuss the quote in pairs.
Solution: First appearance deceives many.
*** Ovid (43BC – AD 17), a Roman poet and scholar.
Mirror Mirror on the wall double puzzle
Mirror Mirror on the wall…
This is a fun Find Someone Who… with a twist activity to practise asking for opinions. It allows students to interact with 6 different classmates and discuss a variety of topics.
- To practise asking for opinion using the expressions given.
- To find out why students’ classmates agree or disagree with the statements given.
- To get other classmates’ opinions on all the statements on the worksheet.
- Hand out one worksheet to each student.
- Students must mingle with other students, asking about the statements on their lists.
- Students must ask a classmate their opinion on the given topic, using one of the expressions at the top of their worksheet. They must then complete the box with the name of that classmate and the reason why they agree or disagree with the statements given e.g.: Student A: I’d be very interested to hear your views on cutlery. Do you think it’s useless? Student B: Well, to be honest, I think it’s a complete waste of money and we should all use our fingers instead.
- Students are not to discuss more than two statements with each classmate.
- When the students have had a chance to ask everyone’s opinion, ask them to share the most interesting views with the rest of the class.
This is a great warmer I’ve actually taken part in in an acting class. It allows elementary students to practise the present continuous in a really entertaining way.
- To practise the present continuous tense.
- Ask students to stand in a circle.
- One student stands in the middle of the circle and mimes an action e.g. cooking.
- A student who stands in the circle walks up to the student in the middle and asks “What are you doing?”
- The miming student in the middle doesn’t say what they are actually doing but says what the student who asked will have to mime next e.g. I am skiing.
- The first student leaves the circle and the second student continues miming until someone enters the circle and asks what they are doing.
- The game continues until all the students have mimed an action at least twice.