Humanising Language Teaching
Year 2; Issue 5; September 2000
Five bloody good meals
Are there some exercises that are "old" in your personal repertoire of techniques?
Is there a particular sequence that you used to use and re-use 5 years ago that
you can now barely bring back to mind?
Here's a an activity that I learnt from Ron White of Reading University back in the
mid-eighties and that I used intensively for about five years.
Why didn't I use it in the nineties and over the last nine months?
- With a class of any level from elementary to advanced tell them that you want them to
bring to mind 5 different memorable meals they have been involved with ( organised, shopped
for, cooked, eaten etc )
- Tell them of two memorable meals you remember yourself as this will give them time
to half listen to your stories while bringing their own to mind.
- Pair the students. They each describe five meals that were special in some way.
- Tell the students to re-pair and re-tell two of the meal stories their first partner
- Each student now writes the meal story that most appeals to them from the
5 they have told and the seven they have heard.
- The stories go up on the wall and the students go round and read them
Thank, you , Ron White.