Speed dating game for the classroom
Given that the class is quite big and there is such a huge range in ability levels, I found this lesson worked fantastically well.
Every student (including those who I thought may not engage that well) were completely on task for the whole duration of the lesson.
Concentric circle exercise Half the class are boys and the other half are girls.
---------------------------------- Give this to those who will be the boys. A new method of dating offers the hope you won't have to waste as much time getting through the duds (a person your not interested in) to find the delights.
The students must face each other and then one side, for me usually the guys, must move along one seat and the students “meet” someone new. The students have some basic information and a picture but they must “become” this person and then take it from there.
There is a “scorecard” to fill in, usually by the girls, as well as questions to stimulate conversation.
This type of approach to teaching is based on the lexical approach or the chunks of language we tend to use to speak about certain situations.This lesson plan focuses on conversational practice to encourage English learners to use a wide variety of language functions such as demanding explanations, making complaints, giving warning, etc.The activity used is a variation on the popular practice of speed dating.(There are 24 in the group so roughly 3 students per question.) They were given 5 minutes to create a ‘perfect’ answer to the question using their own knowledge, their notes, their textbooks and each other.After the 5 minutes were up, the speed dating began.
Each student had to move around the room and meet with another student (but not one who also had the same question as them).