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Interview activities and stories for to retell   Simple 2 person activities and simple short stories designed to get students talking to their partners. 

Short plays for intensive courses.

Vocabulary

Clothes shopping  Listening A brave knight goes shopping.

Clothes vocabulary and shopping  Listening

Going shopping: Review shopping role play. Children visit a restaurant, clothes shop, book shop and a greengrocer's.

Shops

Tools and machines

Materials Talking about what things are made of

Animals vocabulary

Describing an animal    Students describe the parts of an animal and then practise with a simple pet shop role play.

Describing an animal 2   Pet shop

Baby animals

Sea animals


Watch the cinema trailer!

Furniture

At the beach:  Talking about what you can do at the beach

Theme park

The seasons

Places to live

Places in a house

Household chores

Transport

Places in a town

Places where you do sport

Places in my school

People in my school

Things in my classroom

Food: does doesn´t like Students try to guess what another student likes and then interview them to see how many guesses they got right.

Food: likes and dislikes      Students talk about likes and dislikes.

Menu with pictures   An illustrated menu with types of meat and vegatables for a role playing.

Fruit

Vegetables survey  Which vegetables do you eat and how often?

Food: healthy and unhealthy   A questionaire about healthy eating.

My healthy meal  Students design a healthy meal using the vocabulary picture prompts

Doctor doctor? Vocabulary for being unwell

Doctor Doctor! (Higher level)

At the Restaurant   Listening A funny dialogue which includes vocabulary for restaurants.

Jobs 1: Listening Talking about what people do in different jobs and a role play at the job agency

Jobs 2 Listening

Present simple

The Little Mouse: to be    Listening  A small mouse shows he is more than a match for the bigger animals. Followed by a simple interview.

Write a Magic Spell (simple): Students write their own magic spell and then practise chanting it.

A ghostly story/poem:  Listening  Tell the story. Children retell and then create their own version.

Halloween wordsearch

Dramatic Dialogues: Have you got ...? Listening

Dramatic DialogesAre you ...? Listening

Can you draw?: can  Students talk about what they can and can't do.


Are you good at ...?: can and gerund    Listening  The Queen interviews for a new helper.

Robot salesperson: can   Students design their own robot and then try to sell it to their classmates.

Royal battleships: simple questions   

Write a Magic Spell (simple):
Students write their own magic spell and then practise chanting it.

Write a magic spell: Students write their own magic spell and then practise chanting it.

Police interview: present simple     Students role play a police interview, practising present simple questions. 

Interview a witch:  A simple picture template to create a fun interview

Letter from a wizard:  A writing and speaking activity

Daily routines: present simple Students talk about what they do every day.

The Vampire's day: Contrasting third person affirmative and negative (this activity can also be used to contrast past simple afirmative and negative)

The monster's day: With a simple dialogue  Contrasting third person affirmative and negative

The New Sheriff: present simple questions  Students interview each other to find who would make the best new sheriff.

Describing an animal    Students describe the parts of an animal and then practise with a simple pet shop role play.

My favourite animal: present simple  Children describe their own animal using a simple framework.

 

My alien: present simple  Children describe their own alien, what it looks like, where it lives, its family etc.

How often do you ...?

       Present continuous

The Space telephone: Present continuous

        PET/FCE type speaking activities

A day out:  Students have to plan a day out (PET/FCE oral type of activity)

A perfect holiday:  Students have to decide where to go on holiday (PET/FCE oral type of activity)

James Bond interview: General questions review

      Prepositions

Questions using prepostions 

Prepositions of place: A story

Prepositions of place story powerpoint

       Used to

Used to 

       Past simple

What was the weather like? Talking about the weather. 

Blood Hotel (Past simple)   A vampire recounts his holiday. Students then have the task of finding the perfect holiday for a wizard.

Blood Hotel (lower level)

A spooky story. A template for creating a simple story (past simple or present)       

The Holiday: Past simple

When I was young: Past simple negative. Two elderly people remember when they were young. But they remember it rather differently!

The Vampire's day: Contrasting past simple affirmative and negative (this activity can also be used to contrast present simple third person afirmative and negative)

Battleships: present and past simple   Battleships using the present and past simple.

The Alibi game: past continuous and past simple  2 students (the criminals) invent an alibi which other students (the police) have to try to break. This game does not require any photocopies.

   Present perfect

Have you ever? Interview NEW

Have you ever?(2) More questions NEW

I've never been to .. (Brighton in the rain song)

Link to Youtube song (Brighton in the rain)

How long have you been...?     

Dramatic dialogues: Present perfect - yet already

Have something done (causative)

Have something done

  First conditional   

Dramatic Dialogues: First conditional   NEW

  Second conditional

Dramatic Dialogues: Second conditional  NEW

   I wish, if only 

I wish   If only

   Should

A Superhero's advice: Should (giving advice). A superhero gives advice on how to be really good at English.

  Future

Fortune teller: be going to    Students use pictures to tell each other' s fortune, with a simple dialogue as a model.

Future questionaire: will, might    Students make predictions about what life will be like in the future.

Phrasal verbs Stories using phrasal verbs

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Watch the cinema trailer!

Stories for children to retell to each other. Excellent fluency practise

A Space Adventure: (Power point)    Story to accompany powerpoint  An alien saves a princess from robots

The Signal: Part 1 (Powerpoint)  Story to accompany powerpoint   Astronauts receive a distress signal

The Signal: Part 2 (Powerpoint)

3 little monkeys    (Powerpoint): A song and a story

The Princess and the Witches How will the princess escape from the witches?
The Princess and the Witches (POWERPOINT)

The Princess and the witches play

The Princess and the witches play (lower lever)

Watch children tell their stories using a simple mini-theatre


The Princess and the Dragon   
The Princess and the Dragon (POWERPOINT)   

The Princess's adventure.  (POWERPOINT) Same format as "The Princess and the dragon" but this time they meet an alien!        

The Princess's adventure  The story

The Magic Cauldron The story

The Magic Cauldron   (POWERPOINT)

The Magic SeedA story about magic and the seasons

 

The Magic Seed  (POWERPOINT)

The Stolen Crown   Three little dinosaurs try to rescue a stolen crown

The Stolen Crown: Part 1 (POWERPOINT) 

Once the learners know the story why not get them to write it? 

 "Getting children writing"

The Stolen Crown: Part 2  (POWERPOINT)

The Magic Seed  (POWERPOINT)

A picnic in the park    Sasha goes to the park and meets a hungry alien. A simple story with versions for different levels.

A walk in the forest   Sasha goes for a walk in the forest and meets a dragon. A simple story with versions for different levels

The Magic Sword: Prepositions of place  A short story with pictures which practises prepositions of place. The same 

prepositions are practised in The Treasure Map (below)
The Magic Sword (POWERPOINT)

The Treasure Map: Prepositions of place

The Treasure map (POWERPOINT)

The Dragon   A dragon terrorises a town but it turns out he is a friendly dragon, but the locals don´t understand him because they don´t speak English! A little girl who has learnt English saves the day!

Sophie the monkey  Sophie the monkey saves a bird trapped in a tree, much to the surprise of the other animals.   This story has a simple 2 page play to go with it.Sophie the monkey - play (7 parts)  and 
Sophie the monkey - play (12 parts)

Christmas activities

Santa and the king      Can Santa help the king and sort out the witches?   A simple story (in the present simple or past simple) designed for students to retell.For tips on how to use this story in the clasroom, see Stories

Santa and the King (POWERPOINT)

Santa's adventure. An evil robot santa Kidnaps the real Santa Clause. Can the elves save him? 

Santa's adventure: Part 1 (POWERPOINT)  

This story was too big to upload as one file, hence I have had to divide it into 2 parts. It is designed to be told as one story.

Santa's adventure: Part 2 (POWERPOINT) 

Santa's day: Daily routines    A simple picture story for students to retell (in the present simple or past simple). For tips on how to use this story in the clasroom, see Stories.

Santa's Adventure Radio play:  A two page sketch.

Santa's advice: Household tasks and giving advice.  Santa gives advice on how to be a good boy or girl.

Letter to Santa:  A letter from Santa which children use to model their reply, describing themselves.

Letter to Santa: Lower level version

Santa and the Monster Low level (With writing template)

Interview for an elf:  Present simple      Role play Santa interviewing for a new elf

Choosing a Christmas present: Discussing and giving opinions    Help Santa choose presents for the class

A Christmas questionnaire  Talking about Christmas

A Christmas questionnaire and Santa sketch (lower level)

A Christmas Adventure: A play with 7 parts.   Can Santa stop the robbers and save the day?

A Christmas Adventure: A play with 27 parts.  Can Santa stop the robbers and save the day?

Christmas song lyrics, gap fill and word search

The Christmas song(Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...)

Winter Wonderland

2-page sketches (Radio plays - with sound effects, great fun to record on tape)

Frankenstien   A cook and a gardener come to work at Frankenstein´s castle and accidently set the monster loose!

The Visitor   Some children in a school have a big surprise when an alien comes to visit. 

The Treasure of Seagull Island A tale of pirates and treasure. 

The Robbery Part 1     Robbie the Robber tries to rob a bank. Can Inspector Green stop him?

The Robbery: Part 2 (Radio play)   Robbie the Robber escapes from prison. Inspector Green sets a trap to catch him

The Day of the Robots (Radio play)  Aliens try to take over some robots.

George and then Dragon   Can George save everyone from the dragon?

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Mummy  Moriarty has a dasterdly plan. Can Holmes stop him?

The Space Detectives   The Space Detectives are on the hunt for a galactic criminal.

The Vampires of Planet X   Some school children discover their teacher is a vampire!

Robin Hood

A Jungle Adventure  A brave mouse saves the jungle animals from poachers.


EFL Plays   Aliens, vampires, robbers, pirates and more!

Dramatic dialogues

These are funny 2-person dialogues incorporating key grammatical structures. 
 
Dramatic Dialogues teacher´s notes    

Dramatic Dialogues: Present perfect - Have you ever ...?

Dramatic Dialogues: Past simple         

Dramatic dialogues: Present perfect - yet already

Dramatic Dialogues: Second conditional     

Dramatic Dialogues: Going to - The Fortune Teller

Dramatic Dialogues: First conditional        

Dramatic Dialogues: Present continuous

Beginners

Dramatic Dialogues: Can you ...?          

Dramatic Dialogues: Have you got ...?

Dramatic Dialoges: Are you ...?

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How to use Dramatic dialogues

The children role play the dialogue in pairs, first just reading , then they swap roles. Then repeat the process but this time get them acting (adding more expression). This is fun, but the essental point is that repetition is necessary for learners to take in new structures, yet children have a short boredom threshold. The secret is not to keep changing activities. If the language focus changes too often, they won´t take it in. The secret is to keep the same langauge focus but modify the activity slightly so that itappears to be a different activity, (i.e swap roles, swap partners, now do it with expression etc). Yes, it´s called cheating. But it works. 

As an example, here is the fisrt part of a Dramatic Dialogue which practises the present perfect with yet and already.

           Spies on Holiday

James Bond:              Have you booked the hotel yet?

Lara Croft:                  Yes, I’ve already booked the hotel.

James Bond:              Which hotel have you booked?

Lara Croft:                  I’ve booked the Hotel Paris. It’s very good.

James Bond:              Have you bought the super-micro film yet?

Lara Croft:                  No, I haven’t bought the super-micro film yet.

James Bond:              We need the super micro-film!

Lara Croft:                  I know. I know.

James Bond:              When are you going to buy it?

Lara Croft:                  I’ll buy it today.

James Bond:              Have you packed the gun yet?

Lara Croft:                  Yes, I’ve already the gun.

This is followed by a gapped version with the key words gapped out. The students go through this again pairs doing it orally, NOT FILLING IT IN! Not only is it better for them to practice orally, if they don´t fill it in you can reuse it again and again as a quick 5-minute filler. 


Go through again with your partner but DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING!!

James Bond:              _____________________hotel yet?

Lara Croft:                  Yes, ________________ hotel.

James Bond:              Which hotel_______________?

Lara Croft:                  I _____________Hotel Paris. It’s very good.

James Bond:              ___________________the super-micro film yet?

Lara Croft:                  No, ________________the super-micro film yet.

James Bond:              We need the super micro-film!

Lara Croft:                  I know. I know. I________ it today.

James Bond:              _____________ (pack) the gun yet?

Lara Croft:                  Yes, _______________the gun


As with all drilling however, it is essential to bear in mind 2 points:

1: Drilling must be done at a very brisk pace.

2: Drilling is not an end in itself – it is a means to and end. That end is learners being able to use the target structures naturally in freer practice. Once the learners are confident in getting their mouths round the target language, once they can remember it (i.e. it has gone into short term memory) then they can immediately (i.e. in the same lesson) move on to some kind of  controlled practice, and then, again in the same lesson, some freer practice.

Here are the typical stages I go through when using Dramatic dialogues.

Stages

1.Make sure the students already understand the basic grammar point.                                                                                  

2.Pre-teach any new vocabulary in the dialogue. It can be a good opportunity to 

      add a little new vocabulary.

3.Students read in pairs.                                                                           2 minutes

4.Students swap roles and repeat.                                                           2 mins

5.Students swap partners and repeat.*                                                    3 mins

6.Demonstrate the idea of how to act.                                                      1 min

7.Students repeat, but acting. With original or new partners.                   2 mins

8.Students do the gapped version in pairs, NOT writing!                         2 mins

9.students do skeleton version in pairs.         NOT writing!                      2 mins

10.  Students act out the dialogue with the work sheet covered!              2 mins

      They can to some extent invent here. This can become semi-free practice

      – provided they use the target language

11.  select a group to act out in front of the class, with or without script.      2 mins                              

                                                                                                         20 minutes aprox

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