3rd March 2014
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Imagine this scenario: The students are working in pairs exchanging information on charts, that they keep secret from each other, through questions & answers - an information gap activity. The language area is the present simple for talking about daily habits - What time does Peter get up? etc.. There are a list of people & their habits to talk about. Student A asks, listens to the answer & then writes it on their charts. Then it is Student B's turn.
When they have completed filling in the missing information the activity is finished. The teacher has been round listening in & correcting. All are happy & on to the next stage/activity.
How about taking it a bit further, making it more interesting & providing motivation to complete the task?
Ask yourself why they are filling in the charts. OK, to practice
the target language. But what about providing a 'communicative
purpose' - a 'real/pretend' purpose to the task? This is like a
jigsaw activity - bring the parts together to discover the whole.
In this case the purpose could be to find out who is the laziest
in the list of people discussed i.e. by working out how long they spend in bed through the time each goes to bed & gets up.
This could also be made even more interesting by personalising
the activity by using the students themselves & discover who is
the 'laziest in the class - the students mingle & fill in a chart
- Name/Time get up/Time go to bed - for each student.
Another purpose might be to find out which of the people are
similar - a kind of dating agency.
By providing this communicative purpose you take it further than language practice for the sake of language practice.
Don't forget to tell the students the aim - the purpose - before
they begin the activity!
For another example see the Tip - A Communicative Drill?:
It all adds more interest & motivation to a practice activity. It
certainly requires a bit more thought from you the teacher to
think up the 'pseudo-communicative' purpose but it is worth it.
And hang on to the activity to use another time!
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