Speak it well!

Speak it well!

Before you read further you should make a note of the background of my workplace. I am serving in Shri Krishna Vidyalaya, Gunjoti. It’s a rural place located at the south end of Maharashtra state. Teaching students who have little or absolutely no educational atmosphere in their house or surrounding is really a challenging thing. Marathi is widely spoken while Kannada too has its influence here but English? No. By this you may understand that exposure to English language is really a thing of difficulty. However, following are some activities I practice with my learners. Kindly read them, hit like if you like them and comment on:

– which activity did you like the most?

– which activity would you like to try in your class?

– suggestions to improve

 

Activity No.1 – Knowing each other ‘better’

Let’s assume that students know each other already. It’s a simple speaking warmer activity to help them know each other ‘better’. The idea is to make them speak.

Class: Secondary / Higher secondary

Time : 10 – 12 mins

Language input: Assertive sentence, ‘Wh’ question

Skills: Speaking (and/or Writing – in an extended form)

Type: Pair and/or Mingle

  • Get the students stand in random positions in the class.
  • Let them imagine the class to be a fair and walk in random directions.
  • They start when teacher claps once or says ‘MOVE’ and they stop when the teacher claps twice or say ‘STOP’ and get the nearest partner.
  • Each of them asks three questions besides name, age and other basic questions. The questions can be personal but not ‘too’ personal. They can ask ‘I know that you have a cycle. Why do you walk to school then?’

Or

‘I know that you have some extra notes. Why don’t you share them with others?

  • Have three rounds. This will give the students a chance to speak to at least three friends randomly.

Tip: The teacher might need to give a demo before entrusting the activity to the students. Teacher may provide the language support by writing the structure on the board.

 

Activity no.2 – Wanna Know ‘Me’ better?

Class: Secondary / Higher secondary

Time : 10 – 12 mins

Language input: Assertive sentence, ‘Wh’ question

Skills: Speaking (and/or Writing – in an extended form)

Type: Pair and/or Mingle and/or Group

Procedure:

Teacher offers himself/herself to be asked any three questions. These three questions can be personal or something that students want to know about the teacher. In order to draw the line somewhere between personal and too personal the teacher can give areas in which the students can ask. The areas could be: Education, School life, Marriage, Kids, Friends, Date of birth, Salary, social profile, mobile number, etc.

[I remember one of my students asking me about the pic in my social profile. He said he liked the pic and wondered why didn’t I wear such stylish dresses to the school.]

Anyway, once the teacher finishes answering the questions, he/she puts the students into groups of 4 or 5. Taking turns each member in the group offer to be asked any three questions. It’s an interesting way to know their peers better by interrogating some information.

Note: It’s important that the teacher monitors the activity as there might be a possibility that some students may ask way too personal question. Some may feel offended. Monitoring the activity would also help the teacher understand the varieties of questions being asked. Such a variety of questions would also indicate how curious the learners are to know each other.

Tip: Teacher may provide the language support by writing the structure on the board.

 

Activity No. 3 – Sell Me!

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Class: Secondary / Higher secondary

Time : 10 – 12 mins

Language input: Simple Present Tense (Affirmative and Negative)

Skills: Speaking (and/or Writing – in an extended form)

Type: Pair and/or Mingle

Procedure:

Teacher delivers a demo of this activity. The teacher acts as a salesman/saleswoman and declares that he wants to sell the pen. He describes the pen in a way that he wants to sell it.

Demo:

Hello everybody, I am a sales representative of XYX company. I am here to sell this amazing pen. This pen writes smoothly on almost any surface. Unlike other pens, the ink of this pen doesn’t spill. It is water proof. It is easy to hold. It doesn’t slip off the fingers. It comes in four colours blue, black, red and green. Teachers, students, officers, shopkeepers, bankers use this pen widely. The best part of this pen is it can write upside down too. It isn’t expensive at all. The company offers 50% discount only today. I offer this pen for 12 rupees against its original price 24 rs. Don’t you want to buy it? Teacher encourages students to ask any questions related to the product or sale.

Now the teacher puts the students into groups and ask them to sell any product. It could be their school bag, tie, belt, shoes, bench, duster, projector, chalk piece, etc. The other members of the group can ask questions related to the product.

Tip: Teacher may provide the language support by writing the structure on the board.

 

Activity No. 4 – News room

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Can a newsroom be brought into the classroom? How can it be used in improving English speaking skill? Disregard with the standard of English spoken in actual news, it’s a good idea to adopt it as an activity in a language classroom.

2015 isn’t a good year from farmer’s point of view in Maharashtra, India. Occasional and moderate rainfall didn’t really help the farmers. On one such occasional rainfall I decided to discuss with my students how it has helped farmers around but in a different way. I changed the classroom into a virtual News Studio.

Language input: Simple past, Perfect Present, Present Progressive

Materials required: Nothing in particular since it’s a speaking activity

Estimated time: 15 – 20 minutes

When to conduct: Anytime when something unusual or remarkable happens like sudden weather change or an event

How to conduct it?

Teacher acts like a news reporter. Narrates the recent incident happened (for instance heavy rainfall, strong wind, cultural event, sports day, etc). To make it more realistic the reporter calls out for a representative.

Demo:

Hello and welcome to English News Channel. I am Mahesh and you are watching news bulletin at 10. Let’s have a look at the news headlines.

  1. Heavy rainfall reported in and around Marathwada region in Maharashtra.
  2. Heavy rainfall cheers the saddened faces of farmers finally.
  3. Due to heavy wind many street light polls collapsed in Gunjoti resulting in power failure.

And now, news in detail. Heavy rainfall is reported in and around Marathwad region in Maharasthra. As anticipated by the weather forecast it started raining from 4 pm. Latur region records the highest rain. Rivers, small and large ponds are full. Some are even overflowing. Our representative Mr. Jitendra (a student in the class) reports from Kandhar, Nanded. Hello Mr. Jitendra how is the situation there?

Mr. Jitendra says ………………. With cameraman Mr. Deepak, Sashi reporting from Kandhar.

Thank you Mr. Jitendra.

Moving on to the second news, rainfall cheers up the farmers. Farmers across Marathwada region are happy about the late but sure arrival of monsoon. Ms. Deepali reporting from Gunjoti. Ms. Deepali, I can see that farmers around you are smiling finally. Let’s hear more from them.

(Ms. Deepali speaks a bit and then gets other students into conversation assuming them to be farmers)

And it goes on……

Notes: This activity gives opportunities to use simple present/present progressive/present perfect in assertive and interrogative type. Students enjoy this activity as they feel that they are a part of newsroom in a dramatic way. One of my learners in fact became cameraman getting every ones attention in a humorous way.  I enjoyed this activity. Hope you will like it too. Comment below your views and experiences too.

 

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15 thoughts on “Speak it well!

  1. Ujwala Bhagat

    Superb!! All the activities provide students a nice platform to interact informally.
    And as usual congratulations Mahesh for putting it in a ‘live ‘ way for us.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shejawal Nanasaheb Deoram

    Very nice activities conducted.We are waiting for the same in future .Thanks a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pravin Mahadev Gurav

    These are very nice activities to boost students speaking skill really useful to the learners

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Excellent dear the Mahesh Sir ..!(the isn’t a typo!!😊)
    An excellent write up..Flawless..!
    As usual we are habitual to see your amazing blogs .This one is levels up the benchmark which you have set up.
    You are amazing.!(amaze(verb) will be known as Mahesh {Mahesh -Amaze =synonyms})You Mahesh us each time .

    The chronological order of activities are very logical.
    Each ELT can adapt them as they are written in the most lucid manner .One could visualise while reading.I felt as if was watching everything (almost each of bit)in the classroom.

    Innovation never knows boundaries ,these activities are full of new ideas,allowing and trying learners to explore new avenues.
    Your blog is too much pragmatic as you had penned your first hand experiences (no hypothesis).The log itself proves that the importance of reflection , planning ,smart execution.

    Kudos to you dear Buddy.

    Keep maheshing us hereon ..!Looking forward to seeing the next blockbuster..!

    Keep learning..😊
    Keep smiling….😊

    With regards and love,

    Nilkanth.

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  5. Gajendra Mugale

    Superb information , activities by you Mahesh Sir …..
    Very useful for us….

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  6. Renu Dhotre

    Self explanatory activities. Newsroom activities will help a lot in speaking skills.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Dr I P Nadaf DIECPD, Osmanabad.

    The last activity is very unique, the rest of all are also useful. Keep it up.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sayalee Mahajan

    Excellent, Mahesh sir. First two activities, I practice in my classes. But last two surely I would like to practice. Very creative way of practicing English language in the classroom.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sayalee Mahajan

    Excellent, Mahesh sir. First two activities, I practice in my classes. But last two surely I would like to practice. Very creative way of practicing English language in the classroom.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Sayalee Mahajan

    Excellent, Mahesh sir. First two activities, I practice in my classes. But last two surely I would like to practice. Very creative way of practicing English language in the classroom.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Ghumatkar Sunil Maruti

    It’s nice one

    Like

  12. PRAVINKUMAR PATILBUWA HULAWALE

    Dear Mahesh Sir,
    I read all the four games . Fist game I have tried in my class in the beginning of the term. Next three games are really interesting games , they will give exposure to our student to express their thoughts in their own words. The game ‘Sell Me’ is really interesting game. Thank you for your worth sharing.

    Like

  13. Ashok Gite

    Great Mahesh…..keep posting

    Like

  14. It’s always been a feast to read your posts and this one is no exception to that. What a variety of activities in an enjoying way. I absolutely agree with Nilkanth sir. You have always amazed us by your creative work.

    All the activities are superb. Being a salesman and offering the learners to do the same is quite a unique way but very much engaging. Turning your classroom into a newsroom is yet another blockbuster activity. I can imagine how much happy your students would be then.
    The first two activities are too good. But I wanna steal the last two. Suggestions would be an injustice to your creativity. But I will definitely share my experiences with you.

    Over the time I have learned a lot from you and hope to continuing it. Waiting for another creative feast from you.

    KEEP ROCKING.

    Like

  15. Balkrishna Baban Shinde

    Excellent activities,Maahi.

    Like

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