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QUICK COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES

Guessing Game Mime


A Tell one student to think of something from a given topic A Divide the students into two teams. In turns, ask a student
group (animals, clothing, furniture, food, etc.). Tell the student from each team to mime something (a routine or activity,
to give one clue at a time and ask the other students to guess a verb, etc.). Tell the other team to guess what it is. Give one
the item. point for each correct answer given in a full sentence.
B Tell one student to think of something from a given topic B Divide the students into two teams. Give each team a holiday
group (animals, clothing, furniture, food, etc.). Tell the other destination. In turns, ask students from the team to mime
students to ask Yes / No questions about the item. Tell them activities that they are going to do (or did, depending on the
to continue until they can guess the item. tense you wish to practise) on their holiday. Tell the other
team to guess the activity. Give one point for each correct
Dictated Drawing
answer given in a full sentence.
Tell the students to each draw something. Depending on the
vocabulary that you wish to revise, you can request a person, Sentence Chain
a monster, a room, a street with places on it, etc. Then tell the Tell the students something that you do every day. (I watch TV
students to work in pairs. Tell one student in each pair to every day.) Then ask a student to repeat what you said and to
describe his / her picture to his / her partner, while the partner add another routine. Continue with each student repeating what
draws the picture. Encourage the student drawing the picture to was said before and adding another routine. (I watch TV and ride
ask questions to clarify what he / she should draw. (Where is it?, a bike every day.) Continue until the chain is too long to
Like this?, How many?, etc.) Once the drawing is completed, tell remember. This activity can be used for revision of different
the students to compare the original drawing with the dictated tenses (things you have done, did, are going to do, etc.).
drawing. Then tell the students to repeat the process and to do
Guess Where You Are
a dictated drawing of the other partner’s drawing.
A Ask one student to leave the classroom. Tell the class to
Surveys choose a room in the house / place in town / geographical
A Ask the students to suggest free-time activities (or unusual feature. Then ask the student to come back to the classroom
activities) and write them on the board. Then tell the students and to ask questions to guess the place that the class chose.
to copy six of the activities from the list on the board and to B Ask one student to leave the classroom. Tell the class to
walk around the classroom asking questions to find a student choose a room in the house / place in town / geographical
who does each of the activities. Tell the students to find out at feature. Then ask the student to come back to the classroom.
least one other piece of information from the person who Tell the other students in the class to give clues until the
does (or has done) each activity (when he/she does (did) it, student guesses the place that the class chose.
where he/she does (did) it, who he/she does (did) it with,
C Divide the class into small groups and give each group a strip
etc.).
of paper with the name of a place (room in the house, place
B Tell the students to suggest typical school items and write in town, geographical feature, etc.). In turns, tell each group
them on the board. Then tell the students to copy six of the to say four sentences about the place (what you can do
items from the list on the board and to walk around the there, buy there, etc.), without mentioning the place. Ask the
classroom asking questions to find a student who has got other groups to guess the place.
each of the items. Tell the students to find out at least one
other piece of information from the person who has got each Make a Sentence
item (what colour the item is, how many of each item the Divide the class into two teams. Tell a student from one team to
student has got, etc.). call out a lexical group (food, clothes, parts of the body, etc.). Tell
C Tell the students to write seven things that they are interested a student from the other team to say a word from the group and
in. Then tell the students to walk around the classroom and to use it in a logical and grammatically correct sentence. Give a
ask questions to find someone else interested in each thing. point for each correct sentence.
The first person to find a student interested in each thing Planning a Trip
wins.
Tell the students to work in pairs or small groups. Tell them to
Paragraph Dictation decide on a holiday destination. Then tell them to plan the trip.
Tell the students to work in pairs. Attach several copies of Depending on the level of the class, you might ask them to
a paragraph to the walls of the classroom. You can use choose the clothing that they will pack, make a schedule for the
a paragraph from a text in your Student’s Book or from any other trip (things they plan to do each day), make a list of the things
source. Tell the students that the idea is for one student from they need to do to prepare for the trip (book hotels, get a
each pair to dictate the paragraph to the second student as passport, …), etc. Ask them to present their plans to the class.
quickly as possible, but from memory. Explain that the first Write the Dialogue
student should go to one of the copies of the paragraph, read
Ask the students to work in pairs. Tell them to choose a picture
a section and then go back and recite it for the second student,
from their Student’s Book (it must be a picture with people in it) or
who writes it. Once the whole paragraph has been written, the
bring in pictures from magazines, newspapers, etc. for them to
pair of students should go together to the copy of the paragraph
use. Tell the students to write a dialogue that the people in the
on the wall and correct their work. Point out that as they are
picture might have. Ask some of the pairs to present their
working, the first student can point out and help correct any
dialogues to the class.
mistakes that he / she sees.

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