Aims and objectives:
• developing all basic skills
• developing students' creativity
• assessing students' achievements
Equipment: computer lab, electronic images brought by students or, if
unavailable, writing paper, markers, photos, glue
This is a listening and pronunciation activity that always gets people
laughing. The teacher first must think of a sentence or phrase and whisper it
to the person beside her. That person will then whisper what she heard to the
next person. Each person can only say, "Can you please repeat that?"
one time. When the message reaches the end of the chain that person must speak
out loud. Oftentimes the message will be completely different when it reaches
the end. Try to find out where the chain broke! In a big group you can send the
message two ways and find out which team comes closest to the real message.
The suggested message is "Before too long he longed for that for
four years, too".
II. Main part
Since most of schools are equipped with computer labs, students may
create their autobiography in an electronic format. If there are no computers
available, the teacher should provide students with everything necessary for
creating a paper-based autobiography (paper, markers, scissors, glue etc.) In
both cases the project automatically includes using the home assignment, which
allows not to check it separately.
The students are told they are to create their electronic autobiographies
with the help of computer (suggested software: Microsoft Office Publisher,
Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint depending on which of them the students
and the teacher feel more comfortable with).
The teacher facilitates the process, helping the students to arrange
the text and the pictures. Since the work is rather informal and emotional, the
teacher should encourage students' creativity and sense of humor.
If there is an opportunity to print the students' works out, that would
be the best way to both assess the students' work and let them feel proud of
their achievements by posting the prints on the classroom walls.
Students should revise the vocabulary for speaking about hobbies and