Speaking Activities:

Fast, Fun, No-Prep Speaking Game

Duration: 5 minutes

Type: Partners

  1. After practicing the sentences of a grammar pattern (as in the Kid-Inspired speaking grammar pages), put students in partners. (See this article for how to start with the speaking grammar pages.
  2. If you are using Kid-Inspired materials, then cover the answers on the speaking grammar page, fold them under or cut them off entirely.
  3. Students play paper, scissors, stone (or rock, paper, scissors or hunter, gun, bear or whatever you like).
  4. The student who wins chooses a picture for the other student to say a sentence for. Students can say the example sentence if they remember or make up their own using the same structure.
  5. If the student makes a mistake, that student has to do 5 jumping jacks before he or she is allowed to look at the answers to help him or her remember.

Benefits:

  • This activity is fast and requires no preparation, so you can use it any time you want to get students practicing a bit on their own, like when you want to help out a student or two who are struggling.
  • Adding in a get-out-of-your-seat and move activity gets the blood flowing and makes it more fun. You can have them do jumping jacks any time they lose for more exercise.
  • Students become more fluent with the sentence structure, having said sentences using that structure so many times. Students need to be making 100s of sentences with a particular structure, not 1 or 2, to really get it in their systems so they use it without thinking about it.

Have you tried this activity? How did it go? Leave your comments below!

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