Book speed dating activity

In this exercise, students "speed date" each other to practice role plays calling for "chunks" or phrases used for each situation.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.

WHEN BOOKTALKS AREN’T THE ANSWER When students used to come to the media center with their English classes to select a book for an outside reading, I would usually give booktalks.

I ask the girls to have a seat first, spacing them out so that there are no more than two per table. This is to ensure that there is an adequate variety of books that will appeal to both genders at each table. As the activity progresses, I watch that students read and engage with the books.

Sometimes, after a few “dates,” I see that a student does not appear to be interested in any of the choices.

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.

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