Humanising Language Teaching
As if we were Christmas Trees !
Level : beginner to intermediate
Time : 5-10 minutes in four different sessions
Materials : post-it notes, photocopies
Focus : vocabulary
These short activities are done in different sessions to teach and help memorise the vocabulary used to describe the different parts of the human body.
Session one : the teacher points at different parts of his/her body and says the corresponding words. The students are not allowed to take notes .They try to remember the maximum number of words.
Session two : Group work. Some students play the role of models. The others receive piles of
post-it notes with the words of the different parts of the body. The task consists
of sticking the post-it notes on the bodies of their models in the appropriate
places (which transforms them into funny Christmas trees !)
Session three : As the teacher – and then a student – shouts the words of various parts of the body, the students, standing in pairs face to face, must show them to each other, as quickly as possible.
Session four : Pictionary game in 4 teams. A word is shown to one representative of each team and one person from rach team runs to the blackboard where they draw the body part for thei team to guess.