My children have received a toy which I find genial: it’s a story box where you can choose three variables of the story: the set (city, countryside, space, sea), the type of protagonists (animals, fantasy, jobs) and a situation (conflict, love, friendship, etc.). Once you defined the three categories, it tells you a story. Although the quality of the stories are not the highest, the idea is really good. So, it didn’t take long to find a way to adapt it to my English lessons – and my Scratch meetings. The idea was to provide inputs for a story students
December 2020 – This is a simple group writing task I learnt from New Headway Pre-Intermediate some years ago. I find the exercise excellent to improvise a quick group-writing session about any topic even with lower level classes/students.
November 2020 – Students at B1 level are required to be able to write emails, compositions, short stories; furthermore, simple essays, reviews and articles. In this interactive exercise, you see an example how you can introduce the first three genres to your intermediate students.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: B1/B1+; Age: teens, adults; Group size: any; Aim: to write a review; Skill: writing; Grammar: passives, would + infinitive; Vocabulary: strong adjectives; Length: 60+ min; Preparation time: none; Material: computer or mobile phone with internet connection.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: any; Age: 7+; Group size: any; Aim: to write a story together and to learn how to use paragraphs; Skill: writing; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: -; Length: 60+ min; Preparation time: none; Material: 5-10 sheets with a story starter (see below), pens, scissors, paperclips.