Do you have scared, timid novice students packing your classroom?
This is a great way to get novice students talking without giving them the full burden of spontaneous speech! I use this activity within the first two weeks of Spanish 1. You could also use this later in the year as a Brain Break activity, or even use it in higher level Spanish classes as an ice breaker or review. This activity provides the structure of a basic conversation, but students must decide how to fill in blanks with relevant information (no word bank!). This encourages students to figure out what should go in the blanks on their own, based on the questions and/or words that come before each blank. In this way, you could almost consider this a small reading comprehension activity as well. I use this as a short activity (not an official dialogue) and I grade based on participation. However, I like to give students the opportunity to volunteer to do the dialogue in front of the class, and sometimes offer bonus if there are no volunteers right away!
You could use this as an in class communicative activity, entrance/exit ticket, formative assessment, pre-dialogue preparation, etc!
Included are the student handout, a teacher guide, and a sample answer key!