Warmers, Fillers and BreaksMiming Game
1.Pre-teach lexis using a set of verb picture Flashcards depicting (sitting, study,crying, playing, and so on)
As a task, [students] will be directed to orally answer / record theactions to answer Teacher questions for each verb picture flashcard:“What is he/she doing?” Students will be directed to use presentcontinuous tense to answer (e.g. walking, sleeping, sitting, laughing,singing, etc.).
Use of this form/sentence structure is important because students will bemining (i.e. acting-out) the verbs. As teams will be performing the actions,context is set be present continuous sentence structure.
2.Review/ Game Warm-Up
[Students] will take turns coming to the front of the class, and pickingfrom a face-down deck of verb picture flashcards, on action-only card(no writing) to act-out.
[This reviews/reinforces comprehension of
and answering language.]
As he/she acts-out the card , Teacher will ask: “What is he/she doing?”eliciting present continuous tense responses (e.g. “He is walking.”/“She is cleaning.”/ “They are studying.”) until every student has had achance to act-out and answer.
[Teacher] elicitation of verb lexis from [Students] should help themreview/teach one another target lexis in present continuous form.
Divide class into two teams.
Each team member will take turns picking and acting-out a verb picture-card. Students have 10-seconds to answer after teacher asks: “What ishe/she doing?”
The first team to answer correctly the question “What is he/she doing?”using present continuous tense (e.g. “He/She is running.” “He/She iswaiting.” -- and so on) gets a point.
Everyone has to act-out a card. The team with the most points at the endof the game wins.Advantages
Visuals (picture Flashcards) encourage lexis intake/reception.
Students learn and use lexis at the same time ( traditional grammar-translation students learn vocabulary, but have a problem using it insentences).
Functional language (asking/describing actions) is introduced as a “game”,thus learned without stress on the student