In case you’re planning a Halloween lesson for next week, I’d like to share a list of conversation questions to get your students chatting about the holiday. The questions are mainly in simple present and simple past tenses, so they can be used with high-beginner classes and up.
I’ve posted the questions, along with a printable handout, at my new site, ESL Airplane. You can find them right here: Conversation Questions About Halloween
Yay! A Party!
I like to use this speaking activity at the end of units on special occasions or holidays around the world. It’s also a good way to practice using present continuous, going to, planning to, and other future grammar structures. It’s one of those simple, fun activities that require very little prep, but really get students engaged.
Here’s what I do:
- Display the slide above on the projector, or write the questions on the board. You might also want to use this Party Planning Worksheet to help your students organize their ideas on paper.
- Divide the class into groups. Explain that they are going to work together to come up with an idea for a party. After they finish, they will need to present their ideas to the class,and invite their classmates.
- Read through the questions to make sure that everyone understands them.
- Let your students get to work. (I suggest giving them a specific amount of time to plan).
- Groups make their presentations.
- (Optional) Do a class vote: Who had the most creative party idea? Whose party would you most like to attend?
I made you a worksheet!
Here is a worksheet that you can print out to help your students organize their ideas: Party Planning Worksheet
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