If you've done "clock buddies" before, then you will know how to use this sheet. This is a map of France with seven major cities labeled. Students move around the room asking each other if they can be partners in a particular city.
The target language is modeled for students on the sheet so that they can refer to it as they talk with each other. The question "Can you work with me in (name of city)?" is followed by both affirmative and negative possible answers.
When students find a city they can work in together, they fill in the line on their own sheet with their partner's name. Then they move on to another classmate to try to find a match. They can only fill in the line next to the city if it is blank on both students' sheets.
This is how I use it in class:
When you use the map partners, you tell students that today they will work with their partners in Strasbourg, for example. Everyone makes eye contact with their Strasbourg partners. If a student has a problem of any sort (no partner, partner is absent, partner is not making eye contact with him/her), I instruct them to stand silently. Sometimes it is easier for students to find each other if their partner is one of a few standing. If students do not have a partner filled in for that city, or if a partner is absent, you can quickly assign partners with those who are left.