I’ll share a quick drama activity I learned from our drama club while performing at an event at school.
- Put 3 chairs in front of the board.
- Put labels on the chairs as “sad-1”, “happy-2″,”angry-3”
- Write some situations on slips of papers and put them in a box. (You are waiting at the bus stop and the bus is late / You are going to take an important exam /You are travelling to …
- Let students choose a slip of paper
- Give them a few minutes to prepare a very short story based on the situation they have on their papers.
Begin with the volunteers. Explain the rules.
Tell students that you will shout a number from 1 to 3 and she/he will sit on that chair and start telling the story according to the emotion written on the chair. While the student is telling the story change the numbers randomly.
This activity will be suitable for intermediate and above but I think it can also be tried with beginners as a reading aloud activity. The teacher can give a text to practise reading aloud and then asks the students to read the text sadly, angrily, cheerfully, etc
May is round the corner. This means another school is about to end. Here you can find some revision games and activities that you’d like to use.
When I’m 65 (to revise tenses, time clauses)
Team your students
Prepare small cards, on small cards write random numbers such as 18, 22, 56, 38, etc.
Put the cards upside down on the desk
Tell students, take one card and make a sentence.
- When I’m 65, I’ll probably have grandchildren.
- When I was 18, I was a student at university.
I had a great holiday there (to revise tenses)
Put some postcards or photos of places on the walls and tell students to walk around and imagine they were on holiday. They have to concentrate on one picture and then go back to their seats and write a paragraph, how they spent their holiday there. Then they can read and their friends try to guess which picture he has chosen.
I’m poem (to revise participles, relative clauses)
Ask them who they are. They will probably laugh and tell their names but tell them what roles do they have as a person in different places. Tell them that you’re their teacher, a mother, a wife, a friend, a colleague and although you are the same person but for your different roles, you have different responsibilities, feelings, emotions. Ask them if they are the same person as a sister, cousin, grandchild etc. Then give them the skeleton and ask them to write a poem describing who they are for different people and how they feel and react.
- I’m the girl who loves reading books
- I’m the sister watching you grow up
Divide the class into two.
Explain the rules. You will give the students a category.
Call 2 students from each team to the board.
Set 2 minutes and tell them to write the words that come to their mind.
Things in a fridge
Things you can buy from a supermarket
Things you can find in a living room.
Adjectives that describe personality.
2. Right Word, Wrong Place
Prepare a handout with newly learned structures or some quotes on the topic you’d like to discuss in the class.
Make grammatically incorrect sentences changing the place of two words in the sentence and ask students to correct them.
3. Catch the words
Draw a circle and write some letters with which students form words. Prepare a handout jumbling the words you’ve recently studied in the class.
On slips of papers, write sentences or ask students to write sentences.
Put the students in pairs.
Give each pair 4 slips of papers, preferably the same 4 sentences and tell them to write a dialogue and insert the sentences they have on the slips of papers into their dialogues.
5. Comprehension Questions
Write the topic of the reading passage/listening activity on the board.
Tell students to copy it on a piece of paper and then write a question about it.
Then pass the paper to their friend and ask them to write another question. Then tell them to pass it to the next student. When each student receive their own papers, ask them to read the text and try to find if any of the questions are answered.
As the end of the month is close, I started getting more links for the blog carnival. However, there are loads of ideas with friends who hasn’t started blogging yet. Emine Bülür is one of them and I’m so happy that she wanted to contribute to the carnival with an activity.
Here is a warmer & filler activity:
Give them a piece of paper on which they can write their names.
I collect all the names in a box and ask them to pick a name.
Later, they write two questions for the student whose name written on the back of the paper.
Finally, they can share what they have leaned about their friends with the rest of the class.
Emine Bülür Civanoğlu has been an English Instructor for eleven years and currently working at Doğuş University English Preparatory Programme. She is interested in Educational Technology, Learner Autonomy and Management in ELT. She is a regular conference participant and presenter.
By the way, if you don’t blog but have an idea for the blog carnival to share with us, please feel free to contact me.
You can reach all the efl,esl blog carnival posts from Larry Ferlazzo’s blog
It works well especially at times when student need to introduce themselves to a new class. As we use a modular system at our school, they change classes every quarter so the activity helps me a lot in this respect.
Energisers are great activities and can save lives when you feel your students are not in the lesson anymore.
These quick games can be used to bring your students back to classroom. A little bit movement, mingle, laughter will break the ice, will help to get rid of the boredom. Maybe the focus is not directly on the language but still you can adapt these games according your students’ needs and levels.
Touch Something Pink
Tell students to stand up. Explain that you will give instructions and they will touch something in the classroom according to it. It can be an object, a coat, etc
What has changed?
- Pair students
- Partners should observe each other carefully
- Tell them to turn their back to each other and make 3 changes to his/her appearance. For example, they can remove a watch or change the wrist, roll up sleeves, etc.
- When ready, they turn to each other and in turns they try to find the 3 changes.
Find your family
- Prepare cards with categories, fruit names, family names or occupations.
- Give each student a card
- Tell everyone to walk around the class and find their group members
This one will work very well when you plan your groups in a group work. They usually moan when you say work with him or her but when you play a game and put them in a group like that they obey the rules.
A classic but fun!
- Teacher divides the students into an equal number of fruits according to the class size.
- Students sit in a circle.
- Give each student a card with a fruit picture
- One must stand in the centre.
- Teacher shouts a fruit, such as ‘apple’
- All apples must stand up and change places with another.
- The student in the middle tries to sit before all the apples settle to their new seats.
- The new person in the middle shouts another fruit.
Tide’s in / Tide’s out
- Draw a line representing the seashore.
- Ask students to stand behind the line.
- When teacher shouts ‘Tide’s out!’, students jump forward over the line.
- When teacher shouts ‘Tide’s in’, students jump backwards over the line.
- If the teacher shouts ‘tide’s out’ twice in a row, students who move will drop of the game.