Routine. It’s a useful classroom tool. It also brings boredom and unhappiness. That’s why routine needs to be broken from time to time.
That’s what this ESL speaking activity will do. Hopefully.
This is an activity which I have shamelessly borrowed from a terrific business training website. Here is the link for business balls.
This conversation activity creates the conditions for a free speaking activity. With a few prompts the students will engage in an English conversation that does not rely on substitution drills or preset vocabulary.
Speaking Activity Steps
Step 1. Set the stage. Introduce quote.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful. It is our light and our strength – not our darkness or weaknesses – that frightens us.”
Most of us live in a world where our lives are shaped to some degre by other people and other ideas. Let’s step outside that world, at least for a few minutes.
Step 2. Form Small Groups
Three to four is okay. In groups, students together explore five questions:
- What can you do?
- What do you love to do?
- What is your talent?
- What can you become?
- Draw a picture of your Fantasticat.
Step 3. Jigsaw
The final step is to re-form groups. Make new groups with entirely new partners. Repeat process. Learn about others’ dreams. Describe your own.