In this activity, my young learners talked about themselves, but language and topic can be adapted for ALL ages and levels.
Description: Students create a poster, then upload it to a website and talk about it.
Time: 60-90 minutes
- strips of coloured paper
- small squares of white paper to draw a picture (optional)
- A4 sheets of coloured paper - one for each student
- scissors, crayons, glue
- smartphone or camera, microphone and class computer or netbooks
- www.blabberize.com or www.fotobabble.com
- Review language you want to practise.
- Put strips of coloured paper in a pile on a chair or table. Handout sheets of coloured paper and optional white paper
- Students write one sentence on each strip of paper, draw and colour the picture (optional) and stick on paper.
- Take photo of finished poster and upload to your class computer, netbooks or iPhone (if you're using Fotobabble).
- Students read and record the content of their poster (you can vary this according to level)
- Go to www.blabberize.com and upload the image. (It is optional to place a "mouth", if students have netbooks, it's a fun idea, if you are doing it in a hurry just skip this part) or use www.Fotobabble.com
- Students record their narration.
- Show completed Blabberizes/Fotobabbles to class
- Students "Review" each other's Blabberizes/Fotobabbles
- Compare and contrast speaking activities (depending on topic/language)
- Discussion activities (depending on topic/language)
- Writing essay, report, etc.
- Use for language revision/recycling
- Pronunciation issues
If you've got 12 younger or teenage students it will be difficult to keep them quiet while one student is recording. If you can get your hands on a microphone extension, send the recording student outside (or the netbook/iPhone). If you haven't got any of those, play FREEZE (with or without freeze cards). Give a student a freeze card (a card with "freeze" written on it:)). Just before someone starts recording, The freeze card holder counts down from 5 then shouts freeze holding up the card. All the students have to stop talking (but allow them to continue with their posters if they haven't finished yet). Remarkably, it works!