Instructions for Teachers
When setting up activities, our ultimate aim is to have the Ss perform the activity independent of the T’s guidance. We want to create a student-centered classroom where Ss feel confident in what is being asked of them. The T can then stand back and observe their performance and language abilities to determine if Ss can independently complete the task. Setting up communicative tasks with low level, young language learners is a challenge, but with reflection and a desire to improve, it can be achieved.
This activity has the Ss play the roles of Ana and Leo (or someone like him). In the story, Leo goes shopping with his mother, hoping to have the same clothes as Ana the next day. One S decides Ana’s clothes for the day, the other S goes shopping for clothes using the money cards and the clothing cut-outs.
- Direct Ss to p.14-15 again.
- Go through the days of the week with the Ss. Use a calendar to clarify where necessary.
- Use the comic to show that Ana’s clothes change every.
- Point to yourself and tell the Ss that you are Ana.
- Take an extra photocopy of the activity page and the brown, black and pink colored pencils.
- Keep your sheet a ‘secret’ and color her clothes for Monday.
- Lay out the different clothes cards in front of them and ask them to choose one of each as a class.
- Now show them Ana’s Monday style and check to see how close they got.
- Award points based on how many items they matched.
- Repeat this with Tuesday – Friday if you want.
Now that the Ss understand the concept and objective of the game, you need to model how to do the activity in full. Take a puppet or a strong S and model the following:
A: (Colors Monday secretly)
B: (Takes 4 cards: sweat, pants, shirt, shoes) ‘I’m wearing…’
A: (Shows the picutre) ‘This is today’s style!’
B: YAY! / Oh no!
A: ‘I’m wearing… You get… points.’ (Next, color Tuesday)
Running the Activity
- Assign the roles to Ss in pairs.
- Monitor and assist, praising any attempt to use English. Trying their best with language should outweigh any points for ‘winning’ the game.
- Try and take notes on errors and good use of English for positive feedback and some basic error correction on the board.
- If your Ss do well with the simple version of the game, you can add in a shopping roleplay like in Week 3. The person playing Ana also plays the role of the shopkeeper.
- The S goes shopping for new clothes each day after school in the hopes of matching Ana’s clothes.
- As an additional option, you can also put in a daily routine role play. As they acquire more clothes from the shop, they can get ready for school and get dressed.