Fun, engaging methods to track students' progress and/or participation in…
Can you guess who I am?
Before the lesson, make up a poster with “Can you 〜 ?” questions.
Review “Can you 〜 ?/I can 〜 ” with the students.
- Divide students into presentation groups (groups of 4 or 5 work best)
- Hold up premade “Can you…?” poster with teacher
- Explain that you and the teacher are a group. The poster has clues to which person the group is talking about. The mystery person should be a relatively famous person. The teacher is pretending to be the famous person and the ALT asks questions
Poster set up: Three possible famous people on top of the poster (written names or actual pictures), several questions written in English below
Example: Mystery person is Michael Jackson. The three famous names on top are Michael Jackson, Keisuke Honda, and Takahiro Arai
Poster questions and answers
- Can you sing? (Yes, I can sing)
- Can you dance? (Yes, I can dance)
- Can you play soccer? (No, I can’t play soccer)
- Can you play baseball? (No, I can’t play baseball)
- Can you play the piano? (Yes, I can play the piano)
- Who am I?
- The ALT asks the teacher all of the questions and the students listen to the response. When the questions are answered, have the teacher ask “Who I am?” Students respond.
- Explain to the students that they will be making their own presentation
- Encourage students to look up activities in the English dictionary that they aren’t familiar with
- Presentation format for students to follow:
- One student is the mystery person
- The rest of the group rotates between asking questions
- The mystery person asks “Who am I?”
- If your students aren’t already familiar with the phrase “Who am I?”, be sure to introduce it at the beginning of the lesson - A secondary goal of this activity is to get the students to practice writing in English