Its main use is in listening skills development.
- Choose a lexical group, such as feelings, locations/places, types of people, jobs. For example:-
- Locations / places - A bank, a petrol station, a school, a hospital…
- Jobs - A doctor, a shop assistant, a bus conductor, an office worker…
- Feelings - Happy, excited, sad, disappointed, bored, fascinated…
- Place the students in small groups. Put each word on a separate piece of paper and put them in a pile for each group, face down.
- A student takes a slip of paper and says something that would be spoken in the context given by the piece of paper. The other students have to guess the context.
- For example, a student picks the word 'doctor' and says, 'I'll give you these, and you need to take them twice a day, before meals.' The other students shout out the word 'doctor'. The fastest wins a point. The next student draws a card…
You could use more than one context at a time, but be sure the students know which lexical sets are in use.
Once students are used to this kind of work, you should find that pre-listening tasks such as 'Predicting the language used in an argument between a parent and a teenager' are more fruitful.
Gareth Rees, teacher and materials writer
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