Students will have a good time participating in activities that encourage them to speak the language they are learning.
Have you ever been asked a question in a world language class or by someone fluent in English? This is a very common issue. Almost every instructor has battled to get students to talk in the language they’re still learning.
A student’s dream of making mistakes is one reason they may be timid. Here are some entertaining activities that help your kids to practice speaking. This is a class for advanced students only.
12 WAYS TO GET LANGUAGE STUDENTS TO TALK
1. Who is the one who is telling the truth? On a piece of paper, each student should write three things about themselves that no one else in the class knows. At the top of each page, each pupil should write their name. Bring three pupils to the front of the room and collect the paper sheets. For each of the three pupils, one of these facts is true.
The class interrogates them to determine who is lying and who is telling the truth. Each student can only ask each of the three students one question. After a round of inquiry, the pupils will guess the truth.
2. The game’s variations Create a PowerPoint presentation using a noun for each slide as a taboo. One student should face the screen and stand in front of the PowerPoint. The other students will take turns describing the slides, and the person in front of the class will have to guess the words.
Variation 2: Split the students into four or five groups. Place a stack of cards with random nouns in the center of each group. Students should take turns describing a noun to the other students in their group. The card goes to the group member who properly answers a noun. There’s also a competition to see who can finish with the most cards.
Variation 3 is intended for more experienced speakers. Dividing the class into two groups is a good idea. Each student is given a term as well as a list of words to characterize their classmates. Each student will have two to three minutes to tell their classmates about their words.
3. Activity: Descriptive drawing: Put the students in pairs and give them each a picture to sketch. So that they can’t see each other, place it face-down. Each student must describe the artwork that will be drawn by their partner.
4. Comic strip descriptions: Each student should be assigned a part of a comic strip to describe. Students should describe their images and correctly order the comic strip. In about 10 minutes, the pupils will be able to guess the order. They can then reveal their parts to each other to see if the others are correct.
5. Secret word: Each student is given two themes and one word at random. Students must keep the word hidden by delivering a speech on the subject. They want to be sure no one else can figure out what the secret word is. If the other students pay close attention to the speech, they can figure out what the secret word is.
6. Debates: Give each pupil a piece of paper with the words “agree” on one side and “disagree” on the other. Each student should read a contentious statement aloud and then hold up their paper, indicating whether they agree or disagree with the statement. Each side will select a student to present their case and participate in a brief debate.
7. Prepare a list of subjects on which students can speak impromptu. Divide the class into two groups and assign a number to each student. The order in which they talk will be determined by this. Each student will respond to a question without any prior preparation. Students must talk for a minimum of 45 seconds. The other team must pay close attention to the student’s speech for any hesitations, grammatical flaws, or vocabulary faults. If the opposite side can accurately identify an error, they earn a point.
8. Activity on a desert island: Each student is handed a piece of paper. Tell them to make a drawing. Give each pupil a drawing and ask them to share it.
The pupils should then be informed that half of the class has perished and is now stranded on an island. On the island, each pupil will only have one item: the item depicted in the artwork. The student’s goal is to persuade the rest of the class to use that thing to survive.
9. Bring four students to the front of the class for a storytelling activity. The three kids should sit in a straight line. To serve as the controller, one should stand behind them. A stack of noun cards should be presented to the controller.
A noun will be handed to one of the controller’s students, and they will begin to tell a story. The controller will assign a noun to one of the students, who will continue to deliver the story until a new student is assigned.
10. Two truths and one lie: On a sheet of paper, each student should write three assertions about himself. One should be a liar and the other two should be true. Students read the three assertions and then quizzes their classmates to determine which is untrue.