Target Structure CI Activity Ideas

One word picture by Keith Toda – teacher draws students suggestions based on teacher prompts

4 Corners – have signs based on the target structures and have them on opposite sides of the classroom. By Lugar Para Pensa

Spoons/ Masuk akal vs tidak masuk akal- Terry Waltz in her webinar mentioned the game (possible/impossible) whereby a teacher says a phrase and students decide if it’s possible or impossible. Martina Bex has a post about a fun game called spoons which takes the impossible/possible game to a new level! If your target structure is makan (eat), you would have a list of sentences based around the target structure eg batman makan hamburger (masuk akal) or batman makan kursi (tidak masuk akal). You say them one at a time and  if the sentence ‘masuk akal’ the first student to grab the spoon between them gets a point. If they take the spoon when the sentence didn’t make sense ie, was impossible, their partner gets a point.

People Searches- What a great way to get students up and moving around the room and filling the room with highly scaffolded output. Each student has a 4×4 grid with  16 statements. One per box and each based on the target structure containing familiar vocabulary. All each student has to do is ask classmates the structured sentence adding their name to the blank line and if the person to whom they are talking to replies in the positive, they write that students name on the line and then move on to one of the other statements. Would be great for the target structures: punya, suka, mau, bisa, pakai, bermain plus 100’s more!!

“Que lindo gatito” (what a cute cat/ kucing lucu sekali )  – (credit Katie Folke Savilla from Facebook )  One person is the “kucing/cat. Kucing (buaya/harimau) walks around the circle and looks each student in the eye and says their best “Miauuuu/meong”. Each student must then say “kucing lucu sekali” without laughing. If they laugh, they become the new kucing and the process continues. I just play for about five minutes or so and I actually forget if there is a way to win! You could change it up to suit your needs, maybe if they laugh, they are out.

Good Idea/Bad Idea – Indwelling language  All you do is a say a sentence in the target language. All students do is say whether it represents a good idea or a bad idea. Follow the link for some English examples.

Backwards charades – La Maestra Loca A good activity for repetitions and also for when we (the teacher) needs a break.

 

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