This activity is designed to get your first-year foreign language class comfortably speaking in the target language for an entire class period. It is a role-play type activity that requires every student to interact with each classmate in a low-pressure environment. Using basic greetings, basic self-description, and "I like to + verb" structures students will mingle and meet their peers, form a club, and have a club meeting. Anticipated clubs include computer club, bike club, skating club, art club, music club, food club, etc. It could be used in any first-year language classroom: German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, etc. All instructions are presented in English only and all refer to "Target Language" rather than any specific language. All resources are in a pdf format in addition to a Pages and a Word version, if the teacher would like to edit anything.
Everything is prepped for you. This activity will require minimal work on your part and will have huge payoffs in the classroom. It's the kind of great packet you'd get attending a conference, but at a fraction of the price of conference attendance. Teachers who have used it report students speaking more comfortably in interviews afterward.
*Step-by-step teacher instructions. Detailed instructions- what to print out when, suggested homework activities, what to bring to class, how to best set up the classroom...Includes 2 days of 5-20 minutes in-class time to lay the foundation for the activities leading to a full class speaking activity
*Role assignment table. Includes 41 different student personalities, all using basic first-semester level 1 vocabulary. Each role could be a female or male and has both authentic International name options. Names draw from Chinese, German, Indian, Arabic, Spanish, etc. to enable use in any language classroom. (ex. Yuki or Yata Sato. You like to cook dinner for your family. You are serious. You like to spend time with friends.) The assignment table is designed for the teacher to easily choose and keep track of student role assignments.
*Student roles re-formatted to easily cut apart and hand out to students with their role description.
*Student instruction sheet. Hand out designed for students, includes speaking rubric.
*Powerpoint and Keynote designed to be projected during club fair activity.
*Grading sheet designed to easily assess students' activity level and speaking level.
•Student worksheet designed to prepare for the club fair day and use during the activity.
*Club form designed to fill out during their club meeting.
"During the activity, I got better at asking questions and keeping the conversation going. I think I used a lot of vocabulary words that I am proud of, and learned a lot more phrases after talking to other people. Overall, I think I did better than I expected and the whole activity did teach me conversation skills."
"I think today was AMAZING! I had a lot of fun communicating the things I liked to do. It became harder to communicate when we had to join a club. Although, since we practiced, this thing was a breeze! I hardly found myself at a loss for words and thoroughly enjoyed the club fair since once you figured out who you were, it became easy to repeat it to everyone else. In conclusion, this club fair was a great way to learn new vocabulary, improve literacy/fluency, and a great “real life application”.
"I surprised my self with how much I can talk in the language with just a few months of learning. I think I did fairly well; I approached many people and asked them many things. I had good sentences and comments, although I could poof them up a little bit more and I did have a little bit of repetition. All in all, I think I did pretty well."
"The activity part was fun! I didn’t speak any English and the conversations, although awkward, were very interesting. It shows how much I’ve learned already, being able to have conversations, although not the most interesting ones, but conversations none the less."