Hide and Speak: a twist on class discussion

As you know, NOVELTY in lesson planning is a big deal. When we aren’t switching up the content (silly stories, current events, classic literature, pop culture, history…), we’re switching up the delivery. We’re switching up the task. We’re switching up the groups. We’re always doing something new because brains crave novelty (gracias, Krashen via Gaab). PQA is…

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Collective Interview

I used this activity for the first time as an icebreaker at our MOPS group, and it was so fun! I love using it in class, because it is a great way to give everyone an opportunity to speak without eliminating teacher-guided discussion. So here’s what you do: Decide how many groups you want to…

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WAKE UP, STINKY!

A little PQA idea for “se despierta” (s/he wakes up) and “huele” (s/he smells). It’s also a good time to review “se duerme” (s/he goes to sleep). Begin by having students fold a paper hot-dog style (that’s the long way, folks) and draw a series of three pictures: Write down a whole number between 1…

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¡Mentiroso!

I’ve used ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ many times in the past for various activities; usually for grammar related purposes (practicing a particular tense or verb), but this is a TPRS variation that can also Cooperative-Learning friendly! Two Truths and a Lie is an activity in which students develop two statements that are true about…

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