Maybe speaking english activities are a major concern in every english classroom; the amount of time speaking in class by students is a must when planning activities and episodes. Speaking activities are recommended since students are able to do so, not just repeating drills which help improving pronunciation. Remember to include many visuals that increase creativity when speaking without a script. On this page you will find: Teaching English by speaking.

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Speaking Activities

New: 20.-Survey

Name Do you like pizza? Do you like hot dogs? Do you like apples? Do you like maths?

New: 19.-Describing visuals


18.-Cross the river

17.-Chinese whispers

· Choose a telephone number, word, phrase, sentence or address number.
· You are going to say it to the student who is sitting in front of each row.
· This student has to say it to the partner who is sitting just behind him/her and so on until it gets to the student sitting at the end of the row. She/he has to write it Students can not speak in their mother tongue.
· The winner row is that which writes it accurately.

16.-Funny voices

· Choose a student to stand in front of the class.
· Put a handkerchief on his/her eyes.
· The student wearing the handkerchief on has to ask the question "What's your name?". Another partner has to answer "my name is..." but imitating a funny voice and saying any name.
· The student wearing the handkerchief on has to guess who the person that answered the question is. If he/she guesses, can go to his/her seat. If not, he/she stays there until he/she guesses the real identity of the funny voice.

15.-Ball name game

· The teacher first says "My name is...". and asks "What's yours?" or "What's your name?
· Then the teacher tosses the ball and a student has to catch it.
· That student has to answer "My name is..." , then toss the ball to another partner and ask for his or her name and so on until students have introduce themselves.
· In fact, the activity can be done with many different questions and answers.

14.-Tic tac toe

· Draw tic tac toe charts on the whiteboard.
· Form teams (suggested 6 or 4).
· Draw a chart for each two teams.
· Write a word in each space of the chart.
· Two teams play on one chart. Give turns to participate.
· If a team want to write its cross or doughnut on a space, they must say a phrase, question, or sentence mentioning the word written in that space.

13.-Erase the word

· Write a dialogue on the whiteboard and drill it.
· Form teams.
· Establish turns.
· Each team has to read the dialogue aloud.
· Before reading the dialogue for the second time, erase one or two words from it. Note: any student can open the notebook or write the dialogue
· They have to read the dialogue as if any word were erased.
· Repeat the procedure until the full dialogue is erased.
· The team which repeats the dialogue in the better way wins.

12.-Playing professions

· Provide your students with a set of tools.
· They will be interviewed by the group.
· It can be start with questions like:" What's your occupation/profession? What do you do? Where do you work?.
· Besides answering the interview they can show the tools and say what they are for.

11.-Name the clouds

· Ask a student to leave the classroom.
· Ask him/her to pick a cloud.
· After that ask him/her to decide a name for that cloud.
· He/she has to say the name of his/her cloud.
· Of course students have to use "his" or "her".
· Example: his name is Cloudy.
· You could do it with any object; it is just for practicing possessive pronouns.

10.-This is Juan's scarf

· Place garments on a table.
· It works better if they are students' garments.
· Choose a student to pass in front of the class.
· He/she has to say whom the garments are, example: "this is Maria's sweater".
· The garments which have been mentioned have to be taken out of the table.
· At the end, count how many garments the student mentioned.
· The student who mentions whose garments belong to in the few amount of time wins.
· It is recommended to place at least ten garments on the table.

9.-This is my book

· A boy and a girl have to pass to the front of the class.
· Hold the book and say: "this is my book".
· After that give the book to the boy and say:" this is his book".
· Then give the book to the girl and say: "this is her book".
· Stand up yourself between the students and say: "this is our book".
· Next both students stand up near from each other and you say: "this is their book".
· After students take notes, give the book to someone else and he/she has to say whom the book belongs to.
· Stress pronunciation on possessives and at the same time point at the person whom the book belongs to.

8.-Just a minute

· Form teams.
· Provide each team with a visual of people.
· Students must describe what people are wearing according to the visual.
· They can describe a garment and pass the visual to a partner. Example: First student: She is wearing a blouse. Second student: she is wearing earrings, etc
· All the students have to participate by saying at least one sentence.
· The objective is that the whole team speaks at least for a full minute.

7.-Miming game

· Provide your students with pictionaries.
· Choose a student to pass in front of the class.
· That student has to act an action of the pictionary.
· His/her partners have to guess the action he/she is performing. Example: he is writing, she is drinking, etc.
· Try to involve as many students as possible.
· It could be also a competition on teams giving certain amount of time.

6.-Watching videos

· Students have to stand up back to back in pairs. They will need paper and a pen.
· One student will be the watcher and will say to his/her partner what he/she is watching. The partner has to write what his/her partner is saying (note: only one of them can see the video).
· The row of watchers has to describe what is happening in the video and the row of writers will try to take notes of what they are listening to.
· Change roles and play another video.
· After seeing the videos they can share notes and create their own story.
· At the end play both videos for them to notice what really happened and check if their stories are similar or different.

5.-A-b dictation

· Form pairs. Students must decide who is "A" and who "B".
· Stick the cardboard in red on the whiteboard and the one in black on the opposite wall.
· Student "A" has to run and read the text in red and then go back where his/her partner is and dictate the text. Student "B" has to write it down.
· Then student "B" stands up and run to the text in black, read it and go back to dictate it to his/her partner who has to write it down.
· The pairs who first write the whole texts win..

4.-Talking volleyball

· Form teams of 2 or 3 players.
· They have to pass to the front.
· Draw a small volley ball court inside the classroom (or outside).
· The balloon will be the ball.
· It is played like a volleyball game but, each time a student hits the ball has to say a sentence, question or phrase according to the content of the class.

3.-Swap seats

· Place some chairs in a circle. You have to place minus one chair according to the number of students in the game.
· Put the flash verbs in the middle of the circle.
· Play music. Students have to walk around the chairs.
· Turn the music off. Students have to sit on the chairs.
· The student who could not be seated has to pick a flash verb and say something related to the verb.
· If the sentence is correct, he stays in the game. If not, he is out of it and also a chair is taken out.
· The student who stays at the end of the game wins.
· The activity can also include adverbs and days of the week.

2.-Prepositions basket ball

· Place a basket in front of the group.
· Give a student the ball
· The student has to throw the ball (like a basket ball free throw). If he/she makes the basket at the first time, he/she wins a point. If not, he/she has to say where the ball ended.
· The sample production is as following: The ball is between Griselda and Arturo. The ball is in front of Ricardo. The ball is next to Ana. etc.
· After saying where the ball is, the rest of the class has to write it down as a feedback.
· Repeat the activity as many times as possible.

1.-Hide and seek

· Ask a student to leave the classroom.
· Hide the small object in the classroom.
· The student comes in.
· His partners have to guide him to the object. Example: Walk straight, three steps, turn right, etc.
· The goal of the game is to find the object with the directions given by the classmates.
· In fact, it could be a competition on teams.

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