Speaking Cycle 17: Get festive!


1. Activating

· What different kinds of festival can you think of?

· What kinds of activities can you find at festivals?

2. Sharing

· Think of one or more festival which you have been to.

· Work in groups of three. Tell your group about these festivals. As you listen to your partners, decide if you have been to any similar festivals.

3. Preparing

· Choose one experience of one member of your group. One of you is going to tell the rest of the class about this experience (it doesn’t matter if the person who speaks is the person who went to the festival or if they talk about a festival experience described by someone else in their group).

· Spend 15 minutes, as a group, preparing what the speaker is going to say. Think about a) information, such as what kind of festival it was; when and where it took place; who the person went to the festival with; and what the person enjoyed/disliked most about it; and b) the organisation and structure of what the speaker will say.

4. Performing

· The speaker from each group talks to the rest of the class.

· As you are listening to other speakers, try to answer the following questions.

a) What kind of festival was it?

b) When and where did it take place?

c) Who did the person go with?

d) What did the person enjoy/dislike most about the festival?

e) Would you like to go to a similar festival?

5. Reporting

· When you have heard the speaker from each group, check your answers to the questions with the other members of your group.

· As a group, decide which of the people you have heard about, in your opinion, most enjoys going to festivals.


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