No preparation is really necessary for this activity. However it might be useful to have the situations below prepared on the board in advance. There is also a worksheet of how to say goodbye in different languages which you could print and copy.
Elicit ways of saying goodbye. How do people say goodbye in different countries? Complete a matching activity of goodbyes and countries (see worksheet).
Now present the situation that is likely to occur in the next hour or so. That is, you will say goodbye to each other. Elicit language from the students in order to build a dialogue between you and a student that climaxes in goodbye (or a variation).
Now write up different situations on the board. These could include the following but also encourage students to add their own:
- A mother saying goodbye to her daughter on the first day of school
- A man saying goodbye to his wife as he goes to fight in a war
- A prisoner saying goodbye to his cellmate before he is released
- A president saying goodbye to another president after an important meeting
- A boy saying goodbye to a girl after they’ve just broken up.
Now put the students into pairs and ask them to choose a situation but not tell anyone. Students then write a short dialogue for their situation. Monitor and help with language where necessary.
Students can then act their dialogues out in front of the class. Encourage the other students to guess which situation they are acting out. It may be better to get them to write it down the situation they think is being acted.
Ask learners to share their dialogues with each other in order to act out more situations for further practice. You could also ask students to record their dialogues and create gapfill activities or jumbled dialogues.
I think this is a wonderful and really nice activity! ;-)
But I have troubles to open the worksheet, somehow it doesn't work! :-S Is there another way to get it?
This is a problem that other users have been having and we are currently investigating the situation. Hopefully we will find a solution soon. All I can suggest at the moment is that you try from a different computer and see if this helps.
Wonderful activity! I will definitely use it on my lessons.
Thanks a lot!
I am going to try this activity today. I am thinking of including differences in body language/gestures too, when people say goodbye in different countries. Also the differences in saying goodbye face to face or by email/letter/sms/phone etc. could be an interesting topic for discussion. Thanks for this!
Thanks for all your comments. I like the idea of introducing different gestures and body language. I have a class finishing in a week or so and will try it out then and let you know how it went.
I often read your blog and always find it very interesting.
I am going to try this activity today. I am thinking of including differences in body language/gestures too, when people say goodbye in different countries. Also the differences in saying goodbye face to face or by mail/letter/sms/phone etc. could be an interesting topic for discussion. Thanks for this!
Thanks for sharing
The blog is very interesting. I'm a German teacher and I can learn a lot of this side to provide my lessons.
Excellent procedure in my opinion and a good game. I especially like the fact that this isn't one needing loads of preparations and still results in a lot of activity from the students. I'll try this with my class soon, I'll update you on the results, thanks.
I plan to try this exercise with my students next week. Thanks!
Thx for sharing Information. I'll come from time to time to read your informations.
I love to train my rusty school english this way. Thanks.
It's a really sweet game. Can't wait to try it out!
that was a curiosity even to me !
Today was a really entertaining class at school. I tried this game just as a warming up activity , and it was really funny watching all my students of the 9-th class , working together in groups , and trying to guess what countries were they , and their proper language! Thanks a lot!
That's a great activity. I'm sure I'm going to use it in my last lessons!
This game makes students to work in pairs. Making up diologues according to the situation is awesome. I especially liked your suggestions in extension. Asking students to make their own gap fill activities and jumbled sentences is a very good idea. I think it can be used with any level of learners. Thank you for this activity.
This activity is one of the ideal activities. I've tried this activity in my class. It involved all the students to the lesson even disruptive ones. especially they liked writing a short dialogue for the given situations. They were so creative making and acting out the dialogue in pairs.
I found the activity and the worksheet very interesting and I'd like to say Good Bye in my native language- AZERBAIJANI: "SALAMAT QAL"
I hope to do it with my pupils next week.Some skills are involved and this will help pupils practise them easily.
Wonderful activity! But in the worksheet there is a mistake in italy we don't say buona sera (good night) but "ciao" or "arrivederci".
Very interesting, useful and practical at the same time. Nikos Greece
i think this game is so great. thanks for your sharing