Creating and using Communicative activities

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Creating and using Communicative Activities

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Photo by DailyPic If everyone has all the information, there’s no real reason to communicate.

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When students have to share information to complete a task, activities become communicative

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Use student sets of picture or word cards to play Bingo. Students arrange 9 cards in 3 rows, and turn over cards as they’re called. 9 cards = fast game = many winners Alphabet flash cards:

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Students can also make individual Bingo cards by choosing and writing 9 words from a list on the board.

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Find someone who has… a yellow pencil a green crayon a red marker Barbara Jos é Miguel

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Board game from: Use ready-made printables , or customize game board templates. Students play in pairs or small groups.

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Let’s Check! What communicative principle is being used in each of these activities?

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1 2 3 4 Say several vocabulary items and have students arrange pictures in the same order. Finish the list before they can start ordering, so students have to listen. Transfer

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A B Use an open book between students so they have to communicate in order to complete the task. Student A puts vocabulary pictures in order and tells Student B, who puts pictures in the same order. Then they remove the screen and compare. Transfer

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Student A Student B You can do the same thing with real objects, and in teams in large classes. The screen creates a reason to communicate. Transfer

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The eraser is in the cup. The marker is on the book. The pencil is to the left of the cup. The cup is on the book. The pencil is on the book. The marker is to the right of the cup. The cards are on the cup. The cube is behind the book. Student A Student B Exchange

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Images from: Find five differences between the pictures Student A Student B Exchange

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Draw a circle in the center of the page. Draw a star inside the circle. Draw a square to the right of the circle. Draw a triangle above the circle. Draw a diamond to the left of the circle. Draw a rectangle below the circle. Take out a piece of paper and …

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Find Your Partner Can you ride a bicycle? No, I can’t. Can you dance? Yes, I can. Images: Game

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1 4 2 6 Memory Game Play in teams with large cards on the board or play in small groups with double sets of picture or word cards. I I like broccoli. I don’t like cookies. Students practice target language as they turn over cards in search of pairs. Game

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Play “Please” to practice classroom language* Please stand up. Please sit down. Please open your books. Close your books. If you don’t say please students don’t do the action. Transfer

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Students work in pairs at desks What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite animal? What’s your favorite sport ? What’s his/her favorite color? What’s his/her favorite food? What’s his/her favorite animal? What’s his her favorite sport? A B C D Round 1: Students ask and answer questions about themselves Round 2: Students ask and answer questions about their Round 1 partners Exchange

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6-second drills Timed Pair Drill Have you ever eaten crepes? Yes, I have. Have you ever eaten curry? No I haven’t. Have you ever eaten tofu? No, I haven’t. Have you ever eaten sushi? Students stand and work in pairs. They take turns asking and answering three questions. The first pair to finish, sit down, raise hands and say Finished! wins. Because it’s fast, you can repeat several times to give others a chance to “beat” the best time. Stick figures: Food: Microsoft clipart Game

Before starting any activity . . .:

Always Check! Do students know what they are supposed to do? Do students understand the language being practiced? Before starting any activity . . . If students understand the language and know what to do, it’s easier to keep them in English!

Why use communicative activities in class?:

Why use communicative activities in class? Substitute for traditional drills Help with class management Reduce level gaps Build fluency Create sense of ownership among students Authentic tasks requiring English

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