Do you ever get sick of doing the same old thing? Let's face it, we learn a lot about our students through the many different units on family or likes and dislikes, my school life, etc. So we must constantly come up with new and engaging ways to get our students to talk about themselves. For a Level 1 class, Jill Hnat at WKHS took an artistic approach to student introductions and likes and dislikes. She had students draw their hands, somehow related to their favorite season. Then they used the picture as their only "notes" for the presentational speaking activity. They were supposed to contain no words, however you'll see a few students did not heed that instruction (What?! Students not following instructions? Never!). But hey, at least they were writing in the L2!
I was amazed by the symbolism that some students incorporated, and how unique each drawing was. Jill said the students really enjoyed the activity and it got some students who hardly say a word in class to open up.
I have also seen teachers use PicCollage as a medium to get students to share about themselves, again without written words, so that they have to remember what they want to say, but the pictures they share help support their language use for the rest of the class.
What other creative ideas have helped you get your students talking about themselves in the L2?
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)