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Halloween Activities to Practice Speaking & Listening

Halloween Activities to Practice Speaking & Listening

We all know that our students "cheat" when participating in mingle activities. We try to circle the room, listen and pay attention to who is and who isn't actively or correctly participating.

What does correctly participating in an ESL/EFL classroom mean?

  1. Your students aren't just pointing to the prompt and writing in a friends initials.
  2. Your students are using correct question and answer formation (correct tense, auxiliary, subject) Are they using the past tense to talk about their Christmas vacation? Are they using the present tense to discuss likes and dislikes?
  • Have your students use the prompts on the cards to write down a question for every card.
  • If the prompt on the card says - Find someone who likes scary costumes. Your student should write down the question using the Present Simple: Do you like scary costumes? Find Someone Who - Whole class question formation acitivity
A sample dialog should look something like this:
Student 1: Do you like scary costumes? (Skill used: Correct question formation)
Student 2: Yes, I do. / No I don't (Skill used: Correct short answer)
Teacher: Did you find anyone who likes scary costumes?
Student 1: Yes, Mary likes scary costumes. (Skill used: Correct use of the 3rd person singular)
This is also such a fantastic activity because there are so many ways you can use it:
Regardless of your students level, they might not know specific holiday related vocabulary. If that's the case, you probably need a game to help them learn and practice. These common Halloween vocabulary words will help your students build and retain Halloween related vocabulary words. It's also great for young learners since the pictures are NOT scary.Halloween Vocabulary Bingo

Happy Teaching,
Brooke
P.s. Don't forget to grab a copy of the FREE Halloween themed letter scramble worksheet here!