Buttons for stimulating speech
I collect old buttons. Here’s a lesson I did using my buttons. Students selected one (and many of them are fascinating.) They had to
- draw and describe the garment it came from
- say who was wearing it
- where that person was
- how they came to lose it.
Using the newspaper with an adult migrant class (reading)
I start with the usual pre-reading exercise using the headline or picture or sometimes I copy out the first paragraph without the vowels as a teaser. Next, students brainstorm in groups the questions they would like to know. They then read the text to find out the answers.
If the article has a key person then make up questions for that person. One person from each group goes to another group to be the key person who is interviewed.
They can also draw stick figures to show the series of events and use these for a retell. Writing speech bubbles on the pictures is another possibility.