It’s the start of the year and perhaps the caffeine is wearing off… Stuck for something to do with a class? I would say look no further, but that would mean ignoring the rest of this post. Read on my friend…
We’ve all done activities where students talk to various people in the class. Tell your class they are practising their skills for joining MI-5 (not 9-5). How about having them create an alter-ego, a spy identity. They have to convince people that they are indeed Bastian from Bremen, that their birthday is 24sten Dezember.
Fonetica con fútbolistas
I have tried introducing more phonics this year to some boy-heavy classes to hopefully eradicate “choo ay go” (juego) and various verbalised atrocities. La Liga has been immensely useful. Teach them the vowels first and see how long it is before they realise they’ve been saying the names wrong.
High stakes activity. Students are given 4 questions on the screen. Each question has 3 possible answers. Their partner selects an answer for each. They have 5 attempts to guess their partner’s selected answers or the bomb goes off.
¿Adónde vas normalmente de vacaciones? + 3 more similar questions.
- Voy a la playa con mis amigos
- Voy al campo con mis padres
- Voy al extranjero con mi familia
Year 7s absolutely love it!
If you have VLC media player then use the dial in the bottom right hand corner to speed up or slow down as appropriate. You will hear this in your head all day, guaranteed. “Ah Bay Say Day Uf Eff gzay Ash…” etc
Deny Everything Baldrick
Taking inspiration from a British comedy classic. The start of Mira 2 has students practising verbs with questions and answers e.g: “¿escuchas música?” “¿Sales con amigos?” etc. Give your class the command to deny everything and introduce them to negatives such as no, nunca, ya no, jamás, nadie, ni…ni…. Insist they use each over the course of their answers. More advanced groups could add reasons.
- ¿escuchas música? Ya no escucho música
- ¿chateas por internet? Nunca chateo por internet