Day One Lessons and Icebreakers

Friday, June 22, 2012

During a recent TD session, we asked people to think about what they do on Day one during the 9-10.15 time, before new students come into class. We also collaborate ideas for icebreakers to use once new students have arrived. Here’s what everyone came up with:

Day One Lessons

Things to remember:

  • Pitch it high to avoid ‘I want level up’.
  • Test – teach – test (with tasks for the tests).
  • Work on skills to diagnose levels.
  • I just start doing the book. – Me too.
  • It must stand alone.

Possible lessons/activities:

  • Listening to news headlines – decoding BBC news headlines.
  • Dictogloss about the teacher.
  • Saturday’s G2 interview – they choose 3 questions to ask the teacher/ write a profile of their partner/ guess the questions based on the answers then interview each other.
  • ‘My London’ ES Magazine on Friday.
  • Metro Activity – sts choose an article, answer questions, do presentation for other sts. Also language work.
  • Dogme (What do you mean? Would depend on level for me.)
  • Break up Metro – headings, articles, photos. Sts put them back together.
  • 9am A good teacher is… 10.30am A good student is…
  • Character stories – use magazine photos, sts create characters and write stories (sp and writing practise/diagnostic of continuing students).
  • Pronunciation – similar sounds/tongue twisters. Highlight problem sounds for each student.
  • Speaking activities – back-to-back descriptions of pics/videos and then create a role-play.
  • True or False about England/London then sts do the same about their countries.
  • Shapes on a paper – sts fill in each shape with info (e.g. an activity you do each weekend, your best friend’s name) then exchange with a partner. Each asks minimum 2 questions about each piece of info.
  • Questionnaire (True or False) about IH then find the answers in various texts on the walls or in corridors etc.
  • Metro alternative – look at pictures from Metro and try to guess the story. Match pics/stories to headlines. Choose a story that interests you and see if it is what you expected. Retell it to other students. Language work if time.
  • Ask 5 questions using a range of structures. Sts try to recall the questions. On the board look at structures and prominence, drill if necessary. Mingle and do error correction or do progressive deletion with the Qs.

Icebreakers

What does your name mean? G2 questions. Talk to each other as if you’ve know each other for 10 years/ Roleplay reunion.
Pairs – conversational tics for each L – e.g. translating into L1 after English. “You can’t say no” TV interview. Disco Mingle – dance to music, when it stops chat to a new person.
Word cloud/wordle about yourself (homework for students) www.wordle.com. True/false facts with mini-whiteboards. Post-its on forehead with a famous person ‘Who am I’?.
THE STAR – write 5 facts about yourself, sts form questions about them then repeat it with each other (also known as THE JIGSAW). One word per student to tell a story. Arrange yourself in order of… (can be used for rearranging pairs) birthday / shoe size / name / how far away they live in London from IH…
Interview each other, write a paragraph without the name of the student and the other students guess who it is. Ask 5 questions using a range of structures. Sts try to recall the questions. On the board look at structures and prominence, drill if necessary. Mingle and do error correction or do progressive deletion with the Qs. Name game – a student in the middle of the circle says name 3 times and win seats.
Interview and draw your partner. Draw your weekend/family. 20 questions (yes/no game).
Make guesses about the teacher. Throw the ball name games. Find someone who… (general facts, future plans etc.)
Introduce each other to me (the T). Advanced – write and asks complex questions for the teacher.

 

Anything else?

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