This activity is designed to be used with Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate level learners. It could be used as part of an introduction lesson and / or to negotiate classroom behaviour contracts between teacher and student.
- Make copies of handout 2
- Make copies of handout 3 (cut up the adjectives for each student)
- Make a copy of handout 1 (cut up the adjectives)
Before the class arrives
- Stick the adjectives from handout 1 on the walls of the classroom.
- Write up the following list of ten adjectives that describe the perfect student. You can change these to suit your level of students: diligent, hard working, punctual, talkative, friendly, sharing, intelligent, motivated, creative, inquisitive.
- Cover each adjective so the students cannot see them.
When the class arrives
- Put students into groups. Set a time limit and have students work together to guess the words on the board.
- When the time is up, students swap lists and check their answers. You could award points for any correct answers.
- Using the list for a perfect student ask students to discuss their ideas for a perfect teacher. Bring it to a class brainstorm to elicit adjectives. Write these on the board.
- Give out the definition sheet (handout 2) and ask students to walk around and write the adjectives next to the correct definition. To make this more challenging you could add more adjectives than gaps available.
- Students check in pairs and then with the teacher. Establish what the two negative adjectives are.
- Give out cut-up adjectives (handout 3) to each individual student and have them rank them in order of what is most important to them. Remember to leave out the negative adjectives.
- After ranking students can compare and discuss their lists with each other.
- Students work alone and use the template to make short notes about their favourite teacher.
- Students then work in pairs or small groups depending on class size and talk about their favourite teacher.
- After a period of time students can change groups and repeat the activity.
- Students write about their perfect teacher. They can use the adjectives given in the vocabulary activity and the adjectives elicited in the brainstorming stage.
- Encourage learners to include the negative adjectives to describe what the ideal teacher shouldn't be. This writing could take the form of a perfect teacher or a ‘real' teacher that students have had in the past.
- Students work in groups to discuss what should be included in a classroom contract between teacher and students. Use the adjectives generated in the main lesson to provide inspiration.
- You may need to elicit more negative adjectives. Write these on the board.
- Then brainstorm the things a student and teacher should do to maintain a positive classroom environment. This brainstorm could be in the form of a discussion or classroom brainstorm.
- Finally give out the contracts and have students fill them in. Students sign and teacher signs. Put up on the classroom wall.
Written by Derek Spafford, British Council Thailand