In this novice level information gap activity, students play the roles of travelers and customs agents. Distribute the 16 passport cards to half the class and the customs agent cards to the other half. Students will practice formal greetings, nationalities, saying where they are from, and the numbers 0 to 9.
Question prompts include: Comment vous-appelez-vous? Votre nationalité? Vous êtes d'où? Votre numéro de passeport?
Length of activity: 15 minutes
* Make one copy each of pages 1-8 and sufficient copies of page 9 for half of your students.
* Pre-teach the question prompts and the expressions Je m'appelle..., Je suis (nationality), Je suis de (location), and the numbers 0-9.
* Distribute the passport cards to half your students and the customs agent cards to the other half. Review the instructions printed on the cards and model a conversation with one participant. You might give each agent a sticky note with the word "Agent" written on it to wear on their shirt during the activity.
* Students circulate in the room asking and answering questions as prompted. Supervise to ensure that students are exchanging information by speaking and not simply showing each other their cards.
* At the conclusion of the activity, ask the customs agents to report out the details they learned about one traveler using the expressions Il/Elle s'appelle..., Il est (de)..., Son numéro de passeport est...
* You can run the activity again, switching traveler and agent roles.
* Variation: Before beginning the activity, choose one of the traveler cards and make note of the passport number for that card. This will be the identity of an international spy. Announce to the class that one of the travelers is an international spy. Emphasize how important it is to correctly state and record the information during the conversation. At the end of the conversations, announce the spy's passport number. The custom agents who correctly recorded the spy's information can receive a prize or other recognition.