When I was on Holiday :)

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Level: Any

Materials: power point, images of holiday places

Target language: Past tenses

Ask students to create a 2-slide powerpoint. On one slide they will upload a photo they have taken from a holiday. On the second slide, they will write a short text describing the picture. They may answer the following questions to write their texts.

▪ where was the photo taken?

▪ Who were you with?

▪ When were you there?

▪ How long did you stay there?

▪ What kind of a place was it?

▪ What were the typical things there (food, music, etc)

▪ Did you enjoy being there?

Then you can combine all the slides and prepare an ‘Our Holiday’ presentation.

Web 2.0 alternatives

  • Upload the pictures on voice thread and ask students to record their voice and describe their photos. Then ask the other students to comment on each photo.
  • Tell your students to create posters using tabblo
  • Create a glogster and upload all the photos students used, record their voices talking about their holidays or if they are ok with video recording, record them while talking about their holidays.

 

 

Asking Questions, some fun activities

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I sometimes feel one of the most ignored area in my classroom is practising asking questions. When I started teaching English, there was a trendy activity to ask questions. That was Find the question for the underlined answer which was very mechanical and boring and while checking my blog posts I realised I never wrote about asking questions in a fun way so I’ll list here some activities, games I use in class.

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What’s the Question?

Level: Any Level

Purpose: review question forms

Divide the class into two teams.

Tell students they will find the correct question for the answer.

Have two players come to the front  (one from each team)

Have a buzzer or a bell or they can just touch the desk if you don’t have the formers.

Read an answer to a question and say, ‘What’s the question?’ The fastest player to find a correct question wins a point

Dice Questions

level: any

materials: a pair of  dice

Elicit 6 topics you studied, such as:

1. family

2. school

3. food

4. music

5. books

6. inventions

Elicit the question words

1. what

2. where

3. when

4. why

5. who

6. how

Put students in 2 teams and tell if their team can form a correct question they will gain 2 points.

Throw the dice.

Students should ask a question according to the numbers on the dice so the dice say 2;4. The student will choose the topic from the first group in the list above number 2 is school and the question word will be number 4, in this case it is why.

20 questions

This one is a classic but can be a fun way to practice asking questions and have a look at Larry Ferlazzo’s post using it with an online treat.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Level: any

Aim: to revise asking questions

Materials: pen and paper

Send 2 good friends out

In class decide what questions to ask such as

what is your friend’s favourite colour?

Who is your friend’s favourite super hero?

Call one of the students back and ask the questions, take notes. send him back and call the other one in and ask the same questions.

Call both of them and ask the questions to them to get their answers, compare with the friend’s answer.

The winner is the one who has more correct answers.