On the second day of class, I was supposed to review the verb to be to talk about a third person (This is Ana. She's a teacher. She's 36 years old. She's from The United States).
We practiced questions/answers in pairs and played a guessing game about Brazilian celebrities. I had planned to use the I-pads after this practicing, so students could share some curious facts about different international celebs. However, I had no idea what tool to use in order for the students to, once again, practice the structure they had learned and share that.
So, I called Carla and she suggested that I use the students' cell phones instead. It would be simple, practical and fast because students were already acquainted with their devices, so they would quickly know exactly how to perform the task at hand, which was search for information about an international celebrity.
That's what I did and the result was fantastic! Thanks to Carla. I'd NEVER have thought of using the cell phone. I was appalled it hadn't occurred to me!
Activity: Google a Celeb
1) Hand out slips with names of international celebrities. Here are a few:
(Late) Audrey Hepburn
2) Explain that students will search for the following: Their name, birth place, age and occupation.
3) Ss search for the information and take notes using the verb to be.
4) Ss in small groups share their findings by showing their cellphones screens to colleagues and saying, "This is... He's ... years old. He's a…He's from…"
5) Monitor Ss' errors in pronunciation/structure.
TWO THUMBS UP!
It was great to see how students enjoyed the authenticity of such task and their reaction to their peers' findings! Some were very surprised, so they would say, "Oh really! Interesting! Wow! I don't believe it!" In sum, they had a lot of fun, and I was glad with the result.