BookR’s Recommendation: Our Top 5 Speaking Activity Ideas
Would you like to improve your students’ speaking skills a bit? Would you like to do so with vocabulary-focused activities? In this part of the BOOKR’s Recommendation series, we’d like to share some of our easy-to-tailor ideas which you can easily implement in your classroom.
1. Information gap
In this task, a pair of learners have to rely on each other. You can give every pair two pictures with different things missing on each or two completely different pictures. Either way, their task is to ask and answer questions about their partner’s picture, so that they can complete their own picture. With older learners, you can use this activity with missing parts of a conversation or letter.
Ask the learners to go around the classroom and interview their classmates about their favourite books, food, etc. so everyone has the opportunity to ask and answer questions. At the end of this communicative task, students can introduce their classmates’ ideas in the first-person singular or reported speech.
3. Act it out
4. My planet/cake/monster
This activity always starts with a planning and drawing part.
5. What was the question?
Prepare a bunch of interesting or funny questions beforehand. One of the learners picks one and answers it. The others have to find out what the question was. Learners can play this activity in small groups to have more turns.