EFL Sensei should be an essential resource for teachers needing activities to liven up their classes. Just the other day I tried out the “What Are They Talking About?” game in a class of grade five and sixes. Here’s the link: What are you talking about?
Essentially, the teacher writes the final sentence of a dialogue, something the students don’t understand the context of, and students have to construct what comes before it.
It was fun. There was a bit of groaning at the beginning, but that might have been more to do with my choice for the out of context sentence.
Here is a sample conversation produced by my students:
A: Tomorrow is my birthday! Oh, the phone is ringing…
B: Hello. This is the zoo. Would you like a free animal?
A: Yes, I would!
B: We have some lovely gorillas.
A: Um…I’m not sure.
B: We will send them to you today.
A: I don’t want any gorillas! (this last one was the out of context sentence I wrote on the board.)