1. Group Story Telling
This activity works great if you need to practice different past tenses.
How It Works:
1. Break the class up into small groups of 2-4 people.
2. Roll the dice and take turns going around the group to create and write their own unique story based on the pictures.
Options for Game Play:
- Roll all the dice at once and create the story you want.
- Give one or two dice to each group and have them roll the dice every couple sentences.
- Have each student in a group choose a dice and roll it for their part.
- Your creation as the teacher
2. I Remember When...
How It Works:
2. The student and their partner think of a memory that the give dice reminds them of. (You are the student's partner for 1-on-1 Lessons) - The 'memories' can be real or made up.
3. The student says their memory beginning with the expression, "I remember when..." or "I remember one time..."
4. The partner asks Student A questions about their memory to see if it's a real memory or a made-up story.
It's always a good idea to set time limits for activities and show the student how much time is left in a given activity.
Pre-teach certain words or expressions like "I remember one time..." and to make up something.
Correct any language that the students need and make note of them for later. Work with this language, vocabulary, or expressions after the game.
Easter Egg Lessons:
Community - They may learn new things about each other without even realizing it.
3. Follow-up Questions in Conversation
This lesson idea will bring incredible value to your 1-on-1 lessons with teens or adults.
If you don't have picture dice, I recommend you take a trip to a local trinket shop and invest around 10€ in a pack of picture dice like these. They will serve you very well for many years to come, especially if you teach 1-on-1 teen or adult lessons.
How it works:
2. Roll the dice and each of us think of a question or conversation topic based on the picture.
3. The question should be INDIRECTLY related to the picture. (It's best if the other person has to ask how you related your question to the picture.)
4. Continue the conversation using follow-up questions based on the other person's answers
5. When the conversation naturally dies down, switch turns and begin a new conversation.
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Why it works
This turns the typical English lesson dynamic on its head by guiding the student to lead a conversation. The student will get to practice leading a conversation that they get to create, and take it to wherever they want to take it. This is also REAL WORLD conversation practice because it builds more than just English language, but genuine conversation skills.
A: What's your favorite food?
B: I like pizza.
A: What do you like to put on your pizza?
B: I like ham and pineapple.
A: We have a name for that kind of pizza in the US. Do you know what it is?
A: It's my dream to visit Hawaii. What's your dream vacation?
The teacher should go first (at least the first time you do this activity) as a demonstration of what you expect.
This can be adapted to classes if the students are advanced enough. You will need to break them up into pairs. Give them a time limit for the conversation time. At the end of the given time, ask them where their conversation started and finished. (For example: -banana picture- The conversation started with "Have you ever seen a nature documentary?" and our conversation ended up talking about cars.)
Let me know how it goes!