Posted in fillers, From my PLN, fun activities, Guest Posts, ice-breakers, warmers

A Warmer and a Filler

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.
 
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.

 
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.
Twitter: @EmineBC
 
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
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/category/esl-carnival/ 
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Fun activities for future tenses

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After writing the fun activities for present simple and present continuous, I decided to continue compiling all the fun activities that I’ve been using for years here.

I’ve just done future tenses so I think it’s time to think about the fun follow ups.

Fortunetelling: Pair them and ask them to write a dialogue between a fortuneteller and somebody.

Fortune cookie messages: Ask them to write fortune cookie messages and then put them in a box and let them take their fortunes.

M&Ms for future: Let them take m&ms from a box. Each colour will represent something so tell them to write a paragraph according to the colour of the candy. For example: If you have a green candy, write something about your goals. If you have a yellow one, write about the places you want to visit, etc.

Imagine: Group the students and tell them they will predict the lives of a distant future generation. Give each group a category like: education, jobs, family life, environment, homes, etc and ask them to write about it. Later you can even ask them to create a glogster, moviemaker or animoto.

Posted in fun, games, improvisation, present continuous tense, tenses, warmers

Fun with Present Continuous Tense

Improvisations part 2

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Sometimes I adapt activities from TV shows, games, etc.

The following activity is from a drama group called ‘Mahser-i Cumbus’. While watching their performance, I usually find great ideas for my classes.

It sounds a bit confusing but it really is fun.

Student A stands up and mimes. While miming she makes a sentence with another action.

Student B comes and mimes the action student A has just said but says something else.

The situation should look and sound something like this:

A: (brushing his teeth) I’m drinking a cup of coffee

B: (drinking a cup of coffee) I’m washing my hands.

C: (washing his hands) I’m writing a letter.

You can watch a short animation I created from Xtranormal by clicking the link:  http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7274801

Similar activities from my blog:

Improvising in the EFL classroom

Just Improvise – A Quick Game

More fun with Present Continuous Tense, please visit TEFL.net for 15 fun games for the present continuous tense.

Posted in fillers, fun, grammar, tenses, warmers

Fun with Simple Present Tense

 

With my grade 10 students, we are revising the simple present tense at the moment and while planning what I’ll do, I listed some activities that I used in the previous years as warmers or fillers. I’ll be happy if you also add your favourite Present Simple Tense activities here

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF …

  • Brainstorm what they do everyday.
  • Ask them to write the name of their favourite object on a piece of paper.
  • Tell them they are going to write a day in the life of their favourite object.
  • Envourage them to be creative.

For example: My favourite object is my netbook. She sometimes wakes up very early to go to school with me. She likes drinking coffee with me while waiting for the bell to ring….

MY DAILY ROUTINE

  • Each student must say 3 sentences (or even more depending on the size or the level) about their daily routine. For example, I get up very early, I take the tram to go to school and I have lunch at school.
  • The next student will do the same but he shouldn’t repeat the things his friend has mentiones.

HOBBIES / ROUTINES CHALLENGE

  • Tell students they have to listen to each other very carefully.
  • Student A tells what her favourite pastime is.
  • Student B repeats what student A has said and then adds her own.
  • Student C reapeats what student A and B have said and then adds her own.

MY HERO

  • Create a character with your class. Decide the age, hobbies, habits, occupation, family
  • Divide the class into groups and tell them to write a paragraph describing their hero.

Variation: You can do it as a chain story.

SENTENCES

  • Students will make sentences using 5 words.
  • They will make a sentence adding a word that begings with the last letter of the previous word. ( Susan never reads simple editions.

Variation: Choose a letter together, each word of the sentence should begin with that sentence.

JOKES

  • Prepare a handout with some jokes.
  • Leave out the punch line.
  • Group them and ask to write their own.

PROVERBS

  • Prepare a handout with halved proverbs and ask them to match the halves.

FOLLOW UP: You can discuss them or ask them which one they liked best or if there is a similar one in their mother tongue.

GENERAL TRUTH

  • Write the words on the board : turn, set, occur, grow, give, rise, sea, earth, sun, plants, national disasters, etc.
  • In pairs ask them to write 3 general facts using the words given.

COLORFUL POEMS

You can read it here. Instead of Colours you can ask them to write a poem with same skeleton for emotions.

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Get into groups according to …

siblings

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a fun activity that I found from ESLCafe years ago and I love using it once every year. It’s even great to team your students for their group works.

Group the students as the 1st child, middle child, youngest child of their family or a single child.

Prepare a handout with some questions similar to the ones below.Get them discuss in their groups

  • How are you similar to each other?
  • What is it like to be the eldest child of the family?
  • How are you different from your sister or brother?
  • Are you organised?
  • Do you say no easily to people?
  • What is it like to be the eldest child?

 Then share the following

FIRST BORN: perfectionist, list maker, well-organised, natural leader, critical, serious, logical, doesn’t like surprises, difficulty saying no to others.

MIDDLE CHILD: mediator, diplomatic, avoids conflict, independent, loyal to peers, many friends, secretive, unspoiled, has reasonable expectations

YOUNGEST CHILD: charming, blames others, attention seeker, people person, natural sales person, engaging, affectionate, loves surprises

ONLY CHILD : little adult by age 7, very thorough and deliberate, can’t bear to fail, has very high expectations for self, more comfortable, with people who are older or younger.

Discuss as a class whether these characteristics apply to them or not.

And you will actually see that they do. Try for yourself 🙂 You can also read this article.