And compliments of the season to you all!
This is my xmas present to anyone still teaching out there – but equally, this could make a really good first lesson back in the new year activity. Santa’s Xmas Present Swap!
(Before the class, you’ll need to chop up some scrap paper, so that each learner in the class will have SIX bits of paper each.)
(1) Ask the learners what they want / are hoping to get for Christmas – in terms of presents from other people, though if anyone comes up with “world peace” you could extend the discussion to see how likely they think that is… This could be in pairs, or open class.
(2) Ask the learners if that always get what they want. If not, what do they get instead? Socks? Soap? Have they ever had a present they were truly horrified to receive? This could be broadened out into a discussion on what constitutes a good present or a bad present.
(3) Give the learners the slips of paper, so that each learner has six slips. Tell the learners they’ll write one thing on each bit of paper, so on one bit of paper they’ll write ” Justin Bieber CD” and on another they’ll write “a yellow woollen scarf” and so on. Three of the bits of paper should be things they would like to get this christmas. The other three things should be things they don’t want, necessarily, but which they think they might get.
(4) When they’re done, the learners scrunch up all the bits of paper into little balls and give them to the teacher, who puts them in a container of some kind (a santa hat if you have one handy!).
(5) The teacher then elicits / inputs the negotiation langauge for the swapping activity – examples might include:
- Would you like a __________?
- Do you want to swap a __________ for a _______?
- If you give me _________ I’ll give you ___________.
- Ask the learners for other ideas….
(6) The teacher then throws all the balls of paper up in the air, so that they are scattered across the classroom. A brief mad undignified scramble then ensues as the learners grab as many items as they can – make sure they know they should only take six. If someone has more, select one from them at random and redistribute it to whoever’s missing an item.
(7) The learners then mingle and swap their gifts until such time as they’re happy with everything they have in their hands.
(8) Content feedback: Who got what? Who’s happy and who’s unhappy? Language feedback – reformulation and extension of learner utterances during the mingle task.
And on a personal note – that’s probably my last post for this year. It is, after all, the holiday season and I’m quite looking forward to putting the laptop away for a bit and relaxing in front of the fire! It’s been a great year and I’d like to thank everyone who reads this for their support and for the comments and feedback I’ve been getting.
See you all again in 2012!