Type: creating a poster of English words and phrases; “breaking the ice”.
Skills: writing; pronunciation (of the words and phrases that arise).
Language focus: vocabulary.
Preparation/Materials: some A3 paper or a whiteboard; pens.
- Ask your beginner Ss to individually write down any words they already know in English. Allow five minutes maximum for this. T helps everyone write something, even if it is just a name (e.g., London).
- Form pairs. The Ss exchange their items and write them down.
- Join the pairs to make groups of four, and continue the exchange.
- Break the groups and form new groups of four. Continue the exchange.
- Collate the list on the whiteboard or an A3 piece of paper. Make sure everyone has
a copy. Drill the words and phrases, and elicit meaning as necessary.
- You can display these words and refer back to them via various word games (see
here for some ideas).
Acknowledgement: The brilliant idea above is not mine (which is why I can call it brilliant); I found it in The Minimax Teacher by Jon Taylor (DELTA publishing, 2001). I can’t recommend this book highly enough, by the way!