Spotlight: it's a gift
Have you got a couple of lessons left before Christmas, and need a short activity that leaves students with a hand free for unwrapping chocolates, holding Lebkuchen or cradling a glass of Glühwein? All you need is a pile of Spotlights.
Who it's for:
What it's for:
Seasonal fun, group bonding
What you need:
Enough issues of Spotlight for all the students in your class
What you do:
In the lesson, divide the class into pairs. Engineer the pairings if you feel you need to in order to make the activity an enjoyable and fruitful one. Hand each student a copy of the magazine.
Tell students to consider their magazine as a catalogue of Christmas gifts. They are to spend a couple of minutes individually, leafing through the magazine to choose a gift for their partner. The gift might be something that is shown in a picture, but it could also be a holiday, a picture, tickets to the cinema or something much more abstract that is inspired by the magazine. All the gifts have the same value, and the giver should be prepared to express the reason for his or her choice.
When the time is up, get partners to give each other their presents. In a supportive group, you could do this as a whole class. Each giver should "hand over" the present, and say a few words about the gift and the reasons for choosing it. All the recipient needs to say is "thank you".
As a follow-up, you could get students in their pairs to come up with ideas of gifts for people they know, or for other members of the group. With a bit of luck, you might even get something yourself. Merry Christmas!
*The next Try It Out will appear on 16 January 2012.