I was inspired in coming up with this activity by a lesson in Face2Face Upper-Intermediate (p. 84) on introductory phrases that emphasize what we are going to say next.
After you have taught and practised the phrases (you will find them on the third page of the handout below), cut the squares from the first page (or the second if you print them in color), shuffle them and have the student pick one randomly and write or say something that incorporates the word on the card and one of the introductory phrases. Then you can actually turn this into a conversation by asking follow-up questions about the situation mentioned by the student.
Let me know how it goes.
Happy learning!: )
Download the materials by clicking here: Introductory Phrases for emphasis.
A little oldie but goldie to help you start your first lesson with a new class.
Click here to download the .pdf files: Who Am I and Flowers.
Worksheets available for download here: Tell Me More & Tell Me More (customizable).
Lately my one-to-ones happened to be focused on question forms and the word order in questions. So what better way of practising these than a worksheet that prompts students to ask me questions starting from some true statements about myself in the attempt of finding out as many details as possible.
e.g. Me: “I have a niece.” Student: “How old is she?”/”What’s her name?”
I think the number of questions and follow-up questions this kind of activity can generate might very well be endless: ). So question away.
I’ve also uploaded a blank sheet (the customizable one) that you can use for your own statements. Alternatively, you can just write one word in each box and have students ask you for details.
If you have any other ideas on how this could be used, I’d be more than happy to read them.
Happy learning!: )
I stumbled upon this wonderful class activity complete with a free printable that can really liven up a lesson about facial expressions and emotions. I wish I had known about it during my IHCYL training course. It would have certainly made my teaching practice easier; ).
Here it is, courtesy of Dabbles & Babbles: http://dabblesandbabbles.com/blank-faces-drawing-page/.
I would use this in the productive stage of the lesson. Students could draw various faces and then show and describe them in pairs or groups also adding reasons for the feelings they’re describing:
“She is feeling happy because…”
“He is angry because…”
Or it could be turned into a guessing game. Guess the facial expression: ).
What about you? How would you use this in class?
Download the free template from Dabbles & Babbles here: Blank Faces.
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This is something that you can use to review question forms and question words. I use it in my one-to-one sessions but it also works as a group activity. The way I do it is have the student say a number between 1 and 15. The student says “8”, for example. Then they have to ask me a question starting with “How…”. I answer the question and they ask a follow-up question. Then I say a number between 1 and 15 and so on…
Of course, it can be used in many other ways. For instance, students can write a very short story (a paragraph) that answers the first line of questions (1-3).
Let me know how this goes.: )
Download the .pdf version here: Questions.
Here are some Present Continuous Conversation Questions that you can use with your students. They’re in the form of a board game but I guess it can be adapted. I tried to include as many situations as possible that would prompt them to use the Present Continuous in their answers. If you choose to use this with groups of students, make sure they ask each other plenty of follow-up questions. Use the dice if you have groups of four playing or you can just put the question numbers 1 to 22 into a hat and have them draw the numbers one by one.
Let me know how it goes and if there’s anything I should improve.
Happy learning!: )