Category Archives: Speaking Activities

Here you’ll find speaking activities and games that you can use in class to get your students to interact while enjoying themselves.

Wishlist: food for thoughts

As promised, here are some ideas you can use to encourage conversation after the listening activity based on a wonderful song by Pearl Jam that I posted a couple of days ago (which you can find here).

  • Make a wish! When do you make a wish in your country? Give examples (fluffy dandelions, candles on a birthday cake, shooting stars, etc.)
  • Have you ever made a wish upon a star? Has it come true (yet)?
  • What do you wish you could do better?
  • Is there anything you would change about your body?
  • Is there anything you would change about your personality?
  • Are you happy? Do you wish you were happier? What would make you happier?

If you have other ideas, please leave a comment and share them with us!

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Wishlist

Beautiful song! A masterpiece of grunge-rock music performed by Pearl Jam that will allow you to practice the structure “WISH + Simple Past“.

WISHLIST_SONG

In the pdf file you’ll find a fill-in-the-blanks activity, as well as teacher’s notes providing:

  • info about the band
  • grammar reference
  • guidelines for speaking activity
  • key to exercise

I suggest trying this speaking + listening activity with intermediate or upper-intermediate students.

Wishlist on youtube

In the next post we’ll look into the great food for thought this song has to offer.

[Note: please remember that we do not own the songs, respect the work of the artists who composed and performed the songs, rights are reserved.]

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HAVE YOU EVER…? – part 1

It might be quite hard for some students to fully understand how to use the present perfect well.

This is why, instead of a long list of examples and a 30-minute lecture on “How to Use the Present Perfect Simple and Continuous”, you might want to try this: teaching them one function at a time in a particular context. It can turn out to be very effective… and not so boring!

Today we will focus on questions with have you ever + past participle to ask people if they have done something in their lives.

Make questions using the prompts given:

  1. have/Japanese food?
    Have you ever had Japanese food?
  2. argue/with your best friend?
  3. smoke/a cigarette?
  4. eat/raw meat?
  5. lose/your passport?
  6. meet/a celebrity?
  7. drink/whiskey?
  8. drive/a car?
  9. play/tennis?
  10. ride/a horse?
  11. get/a tattoo?
  12. cheat/on an exam?
  13. climb/a mountain?
  14. win/a competition?
  15. see/a whale?
  16. write/a poem?

Then have the students ask and answer questions, either in pairs (A asks B, B asks A) or in “chain” (A asks B, who in turn asks C, who in turn asks D, etc.).

Next time we’ll deal with have you ever and the verb go. Bye!


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ON THE PHONE – roleplay

In this downloadable activity, you can find an easy way to practice useful vocabulary that we need when talking on the phone.

It’s a role-playing game, where two students are given a character card, and then have to engage in a conversation, trying to stick to their character, but also reacting to what the other person tells them.

From take-away pizza, to arranging a meeting… the situations are made up, but the fun is real!

phone_roleplays

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