Thursday, 22 January 2015

Spice Up Your English Classroom! (2)

Are you creative? Do you spend time planning creative activities for your lessons? Here's an activity I carried out in my classes recently. It's called 'A Sheet on Everyone's Back'. I learned this from this wonderful book which I bought from a conference (see pict. below) You can find great ESL books in conferences teachers. That is why we must make it a point to attend conferences like MELTA, MICELT, etc.

Here's how to:

1. Bring plenty post-it notes (mine didn't stick very well so think of something that sticks well)
2. Give each SS one post-it notes.
3. Tell SS to stick the notes on their friend's back.
4. Tell them to write at least 3 questions they would like to ask that friend.
5. Let them mingle for about 3 minutes. (Raise your hand to signify end of activity- once SS get used to your style, they will follow your instructions)
6. Now, as SS to take of the sheet behind their back and read the questions aloud and answer them.

Fun? Well, we had fun in class.
When to carry this out? I carried it out at the beginning of class to get them excited and anticipate the lesson. 

* If some SS are more popular than others, write some questions on those that are not so popular so they don't feel left out o.k.? 

Try it out and see how it goes!

Happy teaching!

Those who can Do Those who can do more TEACH


  1. nice activity. Where did you get the book? Would like to get it.

  2. Simple isn't it? I got the book from Melta conference.

  3. I searched the book on Book Depository and found it at the cost of US30++. Will try to get it despite the price. As for the activity, I will do it this week.

    1. Great! Hope you will share your classroom experience! Yes, a bit pricey isn't it?

  4. I tried the activity and my students enjoyed it to bits. I will introduce more games to my classes to diversify their learning atmospheres.


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