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March 15, 2006

Name That Film Warm-Up

Hello again,

A great activity that I find useful for assessing language skills and student interaction, especially the first time a class meets, is to have students write the title of a film on a small sheet of paper or label. Students then exchange these in secret, unable to see the new title they have chosen. They then either affix the label to their shirt or hold the paper in front of them so that classmates can easily view the title, but it remains unknown to the student. Students must then try to guess the title of their film by asking questions to their classmates . . .

. . . I always stipulate that students can only ask one question per classmate and are given a time limit of 5 minutes. What makes the activity so useful is that students can be requested to ask specific types of questions. For example, present perfect only, closed questions only, etc. It also serves as a great icebreaker and socialization activity and allows the instructor ample opportunity to observe students' confidence and socialization.

Have you tried this or a similar activity? Tell us about it by leaving a comment below!


Marlen Harrison
March 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment

About the author of this entry:
Marlen hails from South Florida but has lived abroad in both Europe and Asia. His own international education experiences include a year at Kingston University in Surrey, England. In 1995, Marlen earned his B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University.and then was awarded the M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in 1997. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral program in TESOL after four years of teaching in a variety of settings in Western Japan. In addition to his liberal arts and educational background, Marlen is also a member of the Japanese Association for Language Teaching, acting as Co-Coordinator for their Learner Development special interest group.

Posted by ESL Lesson Plan at March 15, 2006 08:38 AM

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