Many thanks for this Karenne. I used it as a spur-of-the-moment activity with a class of very mixed-level adults. (We're supposed to be doing "Commercial English for Businesses" but it was their last lesson of the year, and I thought they could do with some speaking practice.)They LOVED it! Nice and scalable for mixed levels, lots of real communication (they were butting in on each other - in English, no less) and lots of laughing at the shared personal experiences. How do you avoid getting an awful gift in the first place, sort of thing.
Oh! I am so glad to hear that :-) I've been toying around with the idea of loading up the rest of these on my blog next year instead of fixing my website so I just might do that... my students also love these!Ta, very much for coming back to tell me!K
Karenne - let me also tell you that I loved your question worksheet. And my students loved it more! (The one where they can put in a subject in the circle in the middle and ask various questions around it.)I've got a kind of theory about language learning and progress. I think that students only really progress when they begin to trust you. There always seems to be a block to progress (not necessarily related to learning a language, but a psychological block that results in a distance being created.) As soon as that block is removed, students begin to relax, trust, and voila, progress happens.(I know this sounds hippy-dippy stuff, but I saw it happening when I was teaching 1-1, and I'm convinced it also happens in bigger groups.)When students get to chat with each other / with their teacher, like in your lovely open-ended exercises; bonds deepen, students relax, and a warm glow of shared experience permeates the room. The satisfaction of expressing experience, feelings, whatever, has far greater impact on confidence than mere linguistic ability, I think. You can do far more (as a teacher) with a group of learners who trust you, trust each other, and feel good about expressing themselves, than you can with strict adherence to accuracy of form and expression.A very roundabout way of saying that I love these activities of yours, because they do far more than just "teach" a few words or structures.Happy holidays!Clare x
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