While many ESL students love to talk, they don't always get good practice in intonation, stress and rhythm. Interestingly, research shows that these factors are more important factors in being understood than accent, vocabulary gaps or grammar errors.
When another blog put up a lesson plan competition to plan a lesson for a classroom where the power had gone out, in 2014. I immediately thought this was a perfect chance to take students' focus off a script and get them really listening to voices.
I decided to challenge myself beyond the original challenge and imagine a pitch-black classroom! I was thinking that a classroom where students couldn't see each other was a perfect opportunity to practice intonation. Students can't use notes or body language or facial expressions. They have to make their voice work. To implement this in a normal classroom you could do any of the following:
turn out the lights.
have students sit in a circle facing out
blindfold students, if that's comfortable.
have them pinky swear that they will not open their eyes.
This is a full lesson plan from English Advantage with 2 activities that should take around 30-45 minutes to implement.