Deciding which communicative activity to describe was not easy, as each of them is effective and beneficial in its own way. Finally, I have chosen the most universal task, which can easily be applied to groups and individual students of almost any age and level of English, and allows to practise all four skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is ‘True or False’ game.
The game is very easy to organize , it does not require any special props or materials. The rules are as simple as can be: students write a number of sentences relating to their own life and experience, but some of the sentences are not true. Then they find their partner’s false sentences and prove their choice.
Too simple at first sight, this activity gives every teacher a plenty of opportunities to practise whatever is “on the agenda”. To revise a vocabulary topic, tell your students that today their sentences should contain words and phrases related to this topic. To give the class more grammar practice, ask the participants to write their sentences using a particular grammar structure.
The number of teaching objectives in this activity is almost unlimited, and the enjoyment is guaranteed.
Майорова Наталья Юрьевна, Санкт-Петербургская Международная школа
Being a teacher I try to use activities which develop students’ communicative skills. They enable my pupils to practice structures and lexis they have learnt.
One of my favourite activities is filling in questionnaires and then making up sentences or short stories according to the information my pupils have found out. The aim of the questionnaires is to get the specific information by asking questions and then use it in the talk. The questionnaires can be used by students of any level but the higher level is the more difficult questionnaires are. As I work at school I use this activity for young learners and teenagers. First students draw a chart and then fill it in. Children go around the class asking each other questions. According to the level the question can be the same for the whole class or I sometimes divide the class into some groups. Each group has its own question to ask but on the same theme. After getting the information we discuss the results of our work.
This activity is very motivating and effective in developing communicative skills because students are interested in conducting surveys, they find themselves in the real situation when they need to get and understand the information in English. Children speak English not being afraid of making mistakes. Isn’t it the aim of learning a foreign language?