Purpose: Practice question formation and social encounters
Preparation time: 0 minutes
Materials needed: ¼ sheet of paper (to use as crib sheet)
Preparation: Distribute sheets of paper to learners.
- Discuss with learners that when you are with other people, it is polite to talk with them. We call this “small talk.” A good way to show that you are interested in engaging with another person is to ask them questions (but not too personal!) about themselves.
- Brainstorm two or three appropriate questions we can use in these situations as a whole class.
- Have the students write the questions on the ¼ sheet, and encourage them to come up with one or two additional questions.
- Practice asking and answering the questions as necessary as a whole class.
- Model walking up and greeting someone with a partner, then model taking turns asking and answering questions.
- When all is set, everyone stands and finds a partner, greets one another, and begins asking each other questions.
- Every couple of minutes, signal that people should find a new partner. Do this three or four times so that the students can build fluency and confidence in asking their questions.