CLIL Activity – P3 Population
Sometimes teachers are worried about using pair work because it means that lots of students are speaking at the same time, and so it’s difficult for the teacher to keep control and monitor what students are saying.
However, pair-work activities give students a degree of privacy and allow them to try things out that they might not attempt in a class discussion or a teacher-led activity. When students speak with a partner only one other person hears their mistakes. This helps give shy students more confidence in their ability to use the language.
By using pair work we can maximise the time students spend speaking, since it gives more students the opportunity to speak.
Moreover, in pair-work activities students learn from each other. By using pair-work we give students the opportunity to learn from each other and to learn by doing.
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You will need:
• A copy of the worksheet 1 and worksheet 2 for each pair of students.
1. Tell the students they are going to do a pair-work speaking activity to share information about Spain.
2. Divide the class into pairs and give each pair of students a copy of each worksheet.
3. On the worksheet, each student will have different information about Spain (population, culture and economy). They should cover the information in their individual worksheet and ask questions to find out their partner’s information.
4. The teacher will move around the class monitoring the activity and praising everyone’s effort.
5. Once all the students have asked and answered the questions and have written down the answers, they should read the text to their partner and share the information.
6. Finally, the teacher will randomly ask different students the questions and write the answers on the board in order to give students the opportunity to correct any possible mistakes.
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