You asked for interesting class activities. I have
one that might be especially appropriate for the
holiday season. I go to a store like K-Mart, Sears or
Target and take a bunch of small weekly catalogues,
the ones that are often inserted in Sunday newspapers.
The students work in pairs so they have to speak
English to each other; each pair gets a catalogue.
Their task is to look through their catalogue and
answer questions which I post:
*What is the most expensive item in the catalogue?
What is the cheapest?
*What is one thing you don't have in your country?
*What is one thing you would like to receive as a
*You and your partner have $500 to spend. What will
you buy? Make a list.
This activity gets the students talking in order to
complete a task. It also helps them learn some
vocabulary--the catalogues have the name of each item
along with the picture. And students are usually
interested in the items themselves.
Hope you can use this.
Submitted by David Papier