Spring Break has come and gone, but has given students a lot to talk about. For the first lesson after the break, I like to do an interview and presentation activity to get my students back into English mode.
We begin with a simple greeting and question activity using follow-up questions to elicit more information after a simple yes/no question. From there, we work through the question words on the worksheet and make four questions to use in our interviews.
Students then form pairs and are given 5 to 10 minutes to interview their partners about what they did over the break. They use that information to make a short paragraph about their partner’s activities. When the time limit is up, one of the students from each pair stands up and presents the paragraph they have prepared to the rest of the class. When the presentations are finished, students find a new partner and repeat as before, this time the students who didn’t present in round one present their prepared paragraphs.
It’s a fun and simple activity that allows students to exchange information and support each other while shaking off some of the rust that invariably accrues over a long vacation. It also works well for mixed level classes, where more advanced students can assist the lower level learners.