From the article: Quick Lessons - Short Speaking Activities
Sooner or later all English teachers need some fun speaking activities to help fill in the gaps in class, or to provide some extra fun for students. Most ESL / EFL teachers have speaking activities they often use with classes. Here are activities that teachers from the around the world have chosen to share. Thanks for your ideas! Share your quick lessons
- Bring the the students out from the classroom to a comfortable area where they will be divided into 4 groups. Teacher gives situation and students will take turn to voice out their opinion pertaining to the matters-subject that is close with them such as about iphone, ict, future partners or serious matters. Each group will give stars from 0-10 to each presenter. By the end of the presentation, the teacher will find the winner based on how much stars they have collected. Students will enjoy it because they will try to outdo each other.
- —Guest sanisah ariff
- students come in pairs as husband and wife and they do not need to have different gender. They need to introduce their wife or husband to others whether in their own hilarious ways. The rest may ask questions within the presentation itself.
- —Guest sanisah ariff
- i teach English as a second language. Really, im very interested in English language teaching method.
- —Guest ziad
- I prepared funny words like: popcorn, buble, monster, water in the glas, Sleping beauty, etc. and put them into a jar, box or just on the table but tagged together that the students cant see them. Student pick up one and have to explain it in English without saying the word (or the equally sounded verb). They really have to think ;) and also we had a lot of fun!
- —Guest Kristina Filusova
On an Island
- Draw a picture of a desert island complete with coconut tree in the middle. Write above it "You a trapped on a desert island" Then pose questions and invite the class to respond. Questions such as "Who would you want with you .... and why?" "What one thing would you bring with you.... and why? "What would you do to stay sane?" My classes had fun with it and in got everyone talking.
Quick Fun Speaking
- What I didn't do this weekend. Ask students to write 3 short sentences about what they did this past weekend on a slip of paper. It can be mundame like I cleaned the bathroom or I had dinner with friends. Then pair up students and ask them to exchange papers. Now tell them that you are going to ask your partner what they did on the weekend. They use the information on the slip of paper to answer their partners questions. Encourage them to follow up with at least 2 questions to elaborate on the idea. This activity is quite entertaining. Have fun with it!
- —Guest Christine
The Best Things in Life are Free
- Ask students whether they belive that the best things in life are free
- —Guest Arthur jee
5 words in 1 minute
- At the beginning or end of a class I sometimes have my students relax and then write down the first 5 words that come into their minds. They can use a dictionary if they don't know a word in English. I then get them to speak one by one for one minute in which they must use all 5 words in some way. This is an interesting exercise because it gets students to talk about what's on their minds and sometimes it even creates a class discussion. It also gives students a chance to personalize their vocabulary rather than the whole class learning the same words.
- —Guest firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have students stand in a circle. (A group of about 6 works well). Student A states something he/she did using a regular past tense verb, working on correct pronunciation. Student B repeats what Student A did (using the student's name) and then says his own sentence. E.G. Lili worked last night and I watched television.. Student C repeats those and adds own sentence. Lili worked last night, Mario watched TV, and I walked the dog. When the circle has completed, Student A (or any other student) has the opportunity to repeat all the activities. A good rule is that no one can use a verb that has already been used. I'm not sure what levels this could be adapted for. I teach a multi-level intermediate. This can be adjusted to practice other grammar forms. E.G. I have never been to Paris. If I won the lottery, I would buy a house for each of my brothers. I have always enjoyed swimming. It's a good memory activity, good excuse to stand up, and provides a lot of laughter.
- —Guest Jan Anderson
- Have some handy excerpts from anywhere and read that aloud,if photocopy of them isn't expensive. And ask students to respond to the prompt and random questions... You might ask them to jot down others comments for further conversation- for an insight discussion of course.
- —Guest Zaki Hassan