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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Speaking practice. What can I do for you?

Mingling Activity: What can I do for you?

Level: low intermediate and upper

Students need to be able to say/write simple sentences about what they can do. They may do so without using the verb “can” (see examples underneath) , if they wish.

When students report their activities they may need to create simple sentences in the past.

Materials: Some pieces of (recycled) paper or some cards
Procedure: Distribute a piece of paper to each student.
A) On one side of the paper the student writes down something s/he can do and that might be of interest to the rest of the class.


I can make free phtocopies
I am a Judo Teacher
I am very good at English
I have a house on the coast. Come and visit me
I have a powerful computer you can borrow

If students prefer, they can invent the services they wish to provide.

B) The teacher collects the pieces of paper and distributes them around the class. Students move around and see the servicies other students provide.

C) The students choose 4 services that interest them and go around looking for the students providing those services.

At lower levels the structure: I am looking for a person who… may have to be pretaught

E.g. I am looking for a person who can teach me English. Are you that person?

D)Teacher should encourage studets at higher levels to talk about the activity and arrange an appointmet /Lower level students can just find the person and jot down his/her name.

E) Some students report to the class: Who they met and what this person did.

Thanks to Carme Porcel, my teacher of French at EOI for providing me with this activity.

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