I had a brief chat with TalkTEFL after class about how some activities we make up during class work better than the things we plan! Today was a prime example.
My teen class were really lacking a bit of get up and go. We were doing a few activities based on this vocabulary (Beyond A2+, page 80):
They had to underline the words (in bold) related to study and circle those related to work. Then they listened to definitions and matched these to the words. We did a bit of group work (backs to the board-esque) to practise these words/meanings, but they just weren’t buying into it. Energy levels were really low. I needed a stirrer and FAST. Come on, Pete – think like a student! What might be fun?
I made up some categories on the spot, and just wrote something brief on the board to remind the students what to do. Here’s proof that my #ELTwhiteboard doesn’t always look as slick as in past posts.