In the lesson students talk about meeting a partner and dating, watch a short film, and read and discuss speed-dating questions. Ask them to come up with 10 questions they would ask if they went speed-dating. How much is the book in euros, by the way? It was interesting to see usually quiet students liven up when they had to talk to a new speaking partner and they contributed more than what I remembered of them from their usual pairwork. Decide on the seating before the lesson. All students got to share their thoughts, not the just ones who always volunteer Students hate sitting awkwardly, so if they had finished talking about the specific topic on the board they would ask spin-off questions. Ask them to read the questions and compare them with the questions they came up with.
Students were still accountable.
Speed Discussions speaking activity
Another great lesson Kieran — with a lot of scope for extension. If you are looking for more speaking activities you could turn into Speed Discussionstake a look at Workplace DilemmasParental Decisions or Problem Solving. Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas and creativity that you bring to inspire meaningful classroom discussion. Give the students time to answer the questions and then compare their answers with a partner. Speaking activities often rely on pairing students up with the same speaking partner. Overcoming my teaching rut.