Even though it can vary by a day or so Midsummer Day in the northern hemisphere is usually celebrated on June 21st, and one of the oldest places associated with midsummer is the ring of stone monoliths found in the south of England, known as Stonehenge.
This is a whole lesson plan based on the topic of Midsummer Day. There is also an information gap activity where students can learn more about the mysteries of Stonehenge.
This activity is for pre-intermediate – intermediate students, and will take about 45-60 minutes.
An information gap for a pair of students (duo), based on the Present Perfect Simple usage of an experience at some time in the past. The basis is “Have you ever + pp ?” Students are first asked to create their own ‘Have you ever …’ questions. They are assigned a partner, and try to predict their partner’s answers to the questions. Then they ask their partners the questions and see if their predictions are correct. Some students will ask very mundane questions, and others ask totally crazy questions, but it’s all good language practice.
This information gap activity is for elementary to intermediate students and will take about 30/40 minutes.
This is an information gap activity for groups of three students, a trio. The biggest difference between this and the conventional paired information gap is that no-one is sure who has the required information. This leads to a new, mysterious dynamic in the activity, which really spices things up.
This activity is for elementary to intermediate students, and will take about 20/30 minutes.
March 17th is not only a day for remembering St Patrick it also a day for celebrating Ireland and its culture, everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day.
This is an integrated skills whole lesson plan, consisting of a warm-up, a background reading to St Patrick, an information gap activity, a quiz, and an optional follow-up writng and discussion. It is for pre-intermediate/ intermediate level and will take about 90 minutes.
This is a straightforward information gap activity for a pair of students of elementary level. It takes about 20 minutes. The main focus is using the Present Simple tense in both questions and answers.
There are two steps:
Firstly the students prepare the required questions.
Secondly they ask their questions and record the answers.
At first there is a warm-up exercise, followed by a short text giving some of the historical background information to Valentine’s Day.
Then there is an information gap activity involving students in groups of three (trio). Each member of the trio has a slightly (and tantalizingly) different text. This offers a new dynamic to conventional information gap activities in pairs, with an element of doubt as to who really has the required information.
There is also a Valentine’s puzzle to add a light-hearted conclusion to the class, plus an optional writing and discussion activity.
This is a straightforward information gap activity for students in pairs. The topic of Good Friends enables the students to use questions and answers in the present simple tense, and is for pre-intermediate level.