Triple Treat

Introduction:

These are three board game activities to talk about families, education and free time. 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.

Level: B1 +

Objectives:

  1. To practise speaking about families, education and free time.
  2. To develop fluency under timed conditions.

Materials:

3 PDF board games, one per pair or group of 3; a die and a timer per pair or group of 3.

Procedure:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The game continues in a circle going left.
  5. Swap the board games after sufficient time to allow all three games to be played by each pair or group.
  6. At the end, ask the students to name three new things they have learnt about their classmates.

Triple treat

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Let’s Get Better Acquainted :)

Introduction:

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.

Level: B1+

Time: 45 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To reach the end by moving across the board whilst answering questions.
  2. To learn new things about students’ classmates.

Materials:

  1. Printable Let’s Get Better Acquainted game.
  2. One die per group of 2 or 3.
  3. One checker per player.
  4. A countdown timer.

Procedure:

  1. Let’s Get Better Acquainted is played by 2 to 3 players.
  2. 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.
  3. Players take it in turns to throw the die and move the number thrown.
  4. 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.
  5. The game continues in the circle going left.
  6. 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.
  7. Ask students to share how accurate and detailed the accounts of their answers were.

Fast finishers:

  1. 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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FCE Examination? Beat frustration with thorough preparation

Introduction: 

This is an activity for B2 students to practise word formation. Students change words into nouns, create questions for a classmate and answer another classmate’s questions. The words for this exercise have been taken from the FCE exams (Reading and Use of English part 3) and they are examples of words my students tend to struggle with.

Level: B1

Time: 45 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To practise word formation.
  2. To create and answer questions.

Materials:

  1. Worksheet A or B, one per student.

Procedure:

  1. Divide the class in half down the middle – one side As, the other side Bs – and hand out the worksheets accordingly.
  2. Individually, students use the words in the left-hand column to form nouns, e.g. to appear: appearance, brave: bravery.
  3. When the students have finished, they compare their answers with a partner from their group of As or Bs.
  4. Monitor and check their answers in their A or B groups.
  5. In their A or B pairs, students now write questions for their classmates using the nouns from the second column, e.g. Is physical appearance important to you?
  6. When the students have finished, put the students into A / B pairs; in turns they ask and answer each other’s questions.
  7. Monitor and encourage students to use the nouns from the second column in their answers.
  8. Ask students to share the most interesting questions they were asked by their partner.

Fast finishers: 

In A / B pairs, students underline the common noun suffixes, e.g. -ness, -ance, etc. and come up with more examples of nouns with the same suffixes.

Worksheet A and B

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