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Katherine Bilsborough: A simple idea - The Weekend Game

Katherine Bilsborough: A simple idea - The Weekend Game
A simple Idea For me, the best classroom activities are usually the most simple, requiring little or no preparation time and few or no materials. They are activities that can be adapted to use effectively with groups of different sizes, levels or ages and they can be used again and again even with the same students. The Weekend Game ‘The Weekend Game’ falls into all of those categories. It’s an activity I’ve been doing for decades. Preparation time: 0Materials: 0Suitable for: Most ages, most levels Playing for the first time The first time you play, it’s a good idea to demonstrate the activity with a volunteer student and to write a few rules on the board. How to play Put students into pairs, A and B and explain that they are going to do a speaking task. Explain that students have a limited time. Student A: I had dinner at nine.Student B: Who made the dinner? Keep a note of the time or appoint a student to be the ‘Time Keeper’. A couple of simple rules Adapting the game Follow up Post script

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The Great Balloon Debate – The Canswedian English Teacher Sitting here in a super important meeting at school….so I decided to write a blog post. I just heard someone say it will go fast. We’re going on hour two now. Aaaanyhoo… The Great Balloon Debate is a great speaking activity/icebreaker for more advanced students (maybe grade 9). Agree or disagree (and why?) Scaffolding discussions for quiet students Some of my new classes this term have students who either whisper, speak in L1 or stay completely silent during speaking activities (even at int/upper int level). Part of this reluctance to speak seems to stem from having no knowledge or strong opinions about the topics being discussed, or not having enough time to think about an answer before a more confident student dominates the conversation. This activity was designed for quiet and shy students by helping them start from expressing a single opinion to engaging fully in a debate. This activity includes two sets of worksheets for Intermediate and Upper-intermediate classes which can be downloaded here as a powerpoint file or as a PDF. The following plan is based on an intermediate level class of 10 to 12 students.

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