Sunday, May 20, 2012

Activity 5- Guess what it is!

Here is a nice idea for your students to practice the modals of deduction in an authentic way!

Level: Intermediate
Language Skill: Speaking

Device needed: camera (cellphone, tablet,digital camera or any other device that has a camera in it)
Objective: Guessing what the photo is by making sentences with modals of deduction


Students can work individually or in pairs in case not everyone has a device with a built-in camera. Explain that students have 5 minutes to walk around within the school premises, find an object or place and take 2 photos of it: one that shows the object or place clearly and another one that shows only a piece of it, like a close-up ,an angle or a detail. Then, in groups of 3 or 4, ask students to show their classmates their close-up picture and have the others guess what it is by making sentences using modals of deduction (ex: It might be a flower/ It can't be watch/ it must be a door/etc). Then, after listening to the sentences, classmates should show the other picture (the one that shows the object or place clearly) so that they know if they have guessed it correctly or not.

Here are some tips to make this a successful activity:

a) Model the activity before by showing the students some pictures previously taken. This way they are going to clearly understand how the pictures should be taken.
b) Write on the board sample sentences with all the modals of deduction you want students to use in their sentences
c) Establish a minimum number of sentences each student should make before classmates reveal what the object/place is.

Source: Vinicius Lemos

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