|Vol. 9, Issue 4, May 2009
Kind of activity: Speaking Activity
Preparation time: 2-5 minutes
Intended student population: beginners-low intermediate, any age, 4 or more students
Lesson goals and objectives: Giving directions, describing, listening comprehension, and speaking
Time limit: 15 minutes
Materials: blindfold, a treat (or object like an eraser), and a classroom with chairs and desks.
To start, you will need to review or teach some essential phrases and vocabulary. This may include: walk straight, step to the right, step to the left, and bend down. It is also important to introduce the concept of a small step, big step, and side step. You may want to physically demonstrate the commands.
Optional: draw a map of your school on the board and mark your classroom and the bathroom and have the students in pairs give directions to the bathroom from the classroom. You may need to supplement the vocabulary list if you want to do this.
Next ask the students for a volunteer. Blindfold the volunteer. Explain to the students that the volunteer is a car and they are the drivers. Ask the students to stand and quickly move the chairs and desks to create an obstacle course and place the “treat” in a challenging place.
Each student will then give one command to “drive” the volunteer to the correct location and retrieve the treat. The goal is to not let the blindfolded student touch any of the obstacles. If they do, you have to change the student or start over again. You can repeat the activity giving every student a chance to be blindfolded depending on your class size.
Ready-to-Go #3 - MY Life
Kind of activity: Writing & speaking using graphic organizers
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Intended student population: All language development levels, grades K-12. I have used this with beginner level high school students as well as higher grade level elementary students.
Lesson goals and objectives: Students will express different aspects of their lives
1. Writing short phrases describing 3 areas of their lives: at home, in the general classroom & in ESL class
2. Designing a flag representing their lives
3. Sharing what they wrote and designed with the class
Time limit: 30 minutes
Materials: Activity Sheet, pencil, colored markers or colored pencils
1. My Life: Use a variety of phrases to describe yourself in these three situations. What are your interests and hobbies? Who are your friends, family members? Think about how is your life the same and different in each of the three settings?
3. Share your life and your personal flag with the class in a short discussion.
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