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one more question about student groupings!:) Need some quick activity on how to put students in groups but it has to activate their listening skills!IMPORTANT-LISTENING! And need another activity on how to put students in groups but his time this activity needs to activate their speaking skills!IMPORTANT-SPEAKING!So how to put students in groups while having these two mentioned skills activated?

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    Have you bookmarked (saved) all the sites I gave you? Think about HOW you learn another language, oral communication skills, etc. Here are more places to look:

    1. listening:

    2. speaking:

    Most activities stress both of these skills (listening/speaking). Giving any directions will tell you if they are listening and comprehending. This is easy for YOU to do the grouping. Surely you are making your own activity book from all the ideas we have supplied.

    Pick a game and give the directions to a student, the rules for the game. Be sure there are enough rules to make it hard to remember them all. This is prior to the activity. Then that student verbally explains the game to the group, without your help. See if the group can play the game first and then they can discuss how well it was explained. You can do this with 2 teams as well with different directions to each team. OR, you can write out the directions, let the lead students read them carefully, before handing the paper back to you.

    You can make up some silly sentences on slips of paper. (The green cow ate the blue grass. The sillier the sentence, the better) Have at least a dozen sentences. Select any 2 students from a group, each one receiving a silly sentence which they read to themselves. You can give them a topic to talk on or they can select their own, but the object is to sneak the silly sentence into the conversation with a time limit (1 or 2 mins. or it could drag on). Then the group tries to guess what that silly sentence was. This way some are practicing speaking and all are practicing listening. The one who guesses then gets the "hot seat" (good to have 2 chairs in front for the "hot seat" and can choose another to play. Of course, you need new silly sentences for them.

    Good Rule: NEVER do anything yourself that a student can do. My classes loved making up the silly sentences to use and that saves your having to "think." All you have to do is to select the best ones.j

    Other things you can do: tell a story, make up a "mini-scene" not always with 2 people only. Teams are good to make up things for the other team to do. For speaking, reporting (stage a robbery, for example, that the class will have to report with details ), negotiating (a car accident, for example), clarifying, problem-solving, and don't forget the "picture file." Remember the suggestion about distributing a picture of a person or people, an activity, a scene = anything to cover the interrogative words: who, what, when, why, when, etc.

    Have you ever played "telephone?" You can whisper something to the first student (gossip works well!), and each student turns to the next one to whisper that. (You can even send the first student out of the room because at the end, after the last student says what he/she heard, the first person can compare what the sentence REALLY was to begin with. It's amazing how different the end result can be from the beginning!

    If this activity has to be initiated by YOU, it can be as simple as: find 4 people with the same kind of pet as you.

    I may or may not have already told you about using cartoons. I kept a lot of cartoons and used "white-out" for the "bubble." The bubble is the line of dialogue. Then the students had to make up their own dialogue using the cartoon. Later you can use cartoons for writing a story.

    Cloze activities work well for lyrics or a story. Do you know what they are? You write out the story or lyrics leaving every 7th word (or any word you'd like) out. There is just a blank there for the students to listen carefully, trying to fill in the blank. Lyrics seemed to be harder for my students.

    Let us know what YOU come up with!


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