Many teachers do summer work teaching on short intensive courses. Such courses often have more of a holiday atmosphere than normal classes and teachers may look for jollier, summery activities.
Here are a few bright and crazy ideas:
- Prepare a list of about 10-15 questions that can be answered by exploring and looking carefully at objects, places, notices etc in the vicinity, e.g. "What colour is the ceiling in the hall?", "How much does a bottle of Coke cost in the buffet?", "When was the museum opened?" etc.
- Put learners into teams and set a time limit for everybody to finish and meet up. Check the answers - and the winning team gets a prize.
Who wants to be a grammar millionaire?
- Students from different countries are often familiar with similar quiz programmes on TV. Many of these formats adapt well into classroom games.
- How about playing 'millionaire' using vocabulary or grammar revision questions?
A lot of the fun comes out of having one person 'in the spotlight' which contrasts interestingly with more familiar pair, group and whole-class working modes.
- Some other good game show formats include 'Blockbusters', 'Countdown' and 'Blind Date'.
- Get a pack of felt-tip pens and go out of class to the park - or the beach.
Ask learners to look around them, notice details of the place and note down as many words and phrases as they can.
- Then ask them to find a new natural writing surface in the location - maybe a pebble, a leaf, a blade of grass, a piece of driftwood etc.
- They must select words or phrases to write onto their new 'page'; if it's a small object they'll have to choose - and write - very carefully.
- When everyone gets back to class, set up an art gallery in the room, showing off their new poems.
- Give your usual communicative activities a 'summery' edge. For example, in groups of three, the learners can become managers of competing ice cream companies.
- They first discuss and decide on three new flavours of ice cream, think of three names for them and design the packaging.
- Encourage them to think of weird and wonderful flavours (e.g. ham and eggs) and names.
- When they have decided, each group member can choose one of their three ice creams to sell themselves.
- Everyone now walks around, persuading others to buy their ice cream by showing the packaging, describing the taste etc.
- You could make it more exciting by giving each learner some money tokens (e.g. scraps of paper) that they can use to 'buy' the ice creams they like; the winning player would be the one who collects most money for their ice cream.
- Ask other teachers in the school if their classes would like to put on a 'show' together.
- Each group can prepare an 'act' (maybe a song, a dance or a comedy sketch).
- On the agreed day, bring all classes together (maybe in the open air) and enjoy each other's performances at this 'Extravaganza'.