Friday, November 28, 2014

Story from the Hat

This is a simple activity to review vocabulary while practising speaking, and can be used with small groups of students of any level from Elementary to Advanced. In preparation, select words from a few recent lessons, write them on slips of paper and put them in the hat.

At the start of the activity, one student picks a word from the hat, and uses the word in a sentence to create the beginning of a story. The other students then take it in turns to pick words and add to the story. They need to listen to each other carefully in order to follow the development of the story, and they need to remember what the words mean so they can make meaningful sentences. This is a highly effective review activity as students are using the words creatively in new contexts, thereby consolidating their grasp of the words and moving beyond passive recognition to add the words to their active vocabulary.

1 comment:

  1. Indeed a creative and fun activity. Once the students are trained and have acquired the self discipline needed, the activity can sky rocket and engage them fully . Needless to say that students experience team spirit and binding that leads to something they will hold in their memory for long.