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Get your ESL students up out of their seats and speaking English!
This resource allows students to practice speaking English while getting to know their classmates. It contains five different versions of the same activity. Each activity has a different theme that is a common in all ESL classes.
These speaking activities are the perfect addition to any ESL lesson. The activities will likely take about 30 minutes each including explanation and set-up and follow-up.
1)Preparing for the activity:
•The teacher will print the topic for the day and cut each paper in half. Each student gets a half page paper.
•The teacher should take a few minutes to review the topic with the class. The teacher should review each question with the students to make sure they understand.
•Each paper also has a blank space where student will write their own question that they want to ask their classmates. The students should write a question that relates to the topic.
•Depending on the students’ level, the teacher may want to brainstorm some ideas with the class.
2)Doing the activity:
•After everyone has written their question, the teacher should tell students that they are going to stand up, walk around the classroom, and ask the questions to their classmates.
•If student A answers “yes” to the question asked by student B, then student B will write student A’s name under the question.
•If student A says “no”, then student B must ask the question to another student.
•For larger classes students should not write another student’s name more than once.
- Remind students that you will be listening during the activity and you want to hear everyone speaking in English and asking the questions. Students will sometimes point to the questions or ask the questions in their first language.
- Students usually enjoy the activity more when it’s not a race or competition. Tell students to take their time and try to ask as many people as possible.
•When students have finished the activity they should return to their seats and wait until every students has finished.
•At the end of the activity the teacher may wish to pose some questions to the students. For example: “Jenny, who enjoys reading books?” Jenny should respond using a sentence. For example: “Leo enjoys reading books”
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