Friday, February 17, 2017

Charities (Speaking practice with comparatives)

Aim: to practice grammar (comparatives and superlatives) and vocabulary (language related to the environment, animals and charities, giving opinions)

Grouping: whole class, then groups of five, but the activity can be tailored to smaller numbers (just do not use all of the charities)

Procedure:
• Write the word charity on the board. Ask students what it means. Students brainstorm what charities do. Give some examples.
 • Cut up the photocopies into five cards and explain the task. Students are going to work in groups of up to five. Each group has a large amount of money to donate to a charity. Tell students to look at the different charities available. You will assign each student in the group one of the charities to represent. Students prepare an argument to convince people why their charity is more deserving than the others. Then the group as a whole must decide which charity will get the money.
• Give students a few minutes to read the descriptions and prepare their arguments (which need to include comparisons between their charity and the other charities).
• Students now give the rest of the group their mini-presentations and then discuss as a whole group which charity they will choose to give the money to.
• When the groups have finished the task, ask each of them which charity they have chosen and why.