As a language teacher, I try to find fun and engaging activities that can help my students improve their speaking skills. Here is an activity I’ve tried recently with my 1 on 1 student. However, it can be done in the class as a warm-up, filler, or energizer or even to revise grammar such as gerunds.
I’ve called it ‘Begin with a Letter’ as it involves answering questions using a specific letter.
Level: B1 and above
Age: Teenagers and Adults
Preparation: Prepare a set of questions to ask. Alternatively, you can team your students and use Baamboozleor Wordwall to add some more spice and gamify the whole thing.
Here’s how it works:
- Start by choosing a letter of the alphabet. You can either choose a letter randomly, or you can ask your students to suggest a letter.
- Next, ask your students a series of questions that they need to answer using words that begin with the chosen letter. For example, if you choose the letter “B,” you might ask questions like “What is something that makes you happy?” and the student might answer beginning with letter B. Let’s say, “Baking cakes makes me happy because I love eating them.”
- In addition to giving a complete sentence, students should also provide a reason for their answer. For example, if the question is “What do you like to eat for breakfast?”, the student might say ” Banana pancakes are my favourite things to eat for breakfast because they’re sweet.”
- Once your students have answered all of the questions using the chosen letter, you can either move on to a different letter or continue with more questions using the same letter.
This is a simple, yet great activity that can help students practise their speaking skills in a fun and engaging way. It also gives them an opportunity to think outside the box and come up with creative responses.