What a classy cocktail party! -Teaching exclamations

This week my class had been studying exclamations. I always find it a little artificial to teach phrases such as:

“How beautiful she is!”

“What on earth is that?”

when I haven’t met anyone who speaks like that in the last thirty years.

So how to practice it?

Luckily I had picked up a few ideas at the great workshop given by Elsien Gale (Activities to get teenagers speaking) at TESOL France a couple of weeks ago.

After presenting and practicing various forms of exclamations I asked the students to create their avatar. They chose names, nationalities, jobs, hobbies, etc. for their alter ego. After having moved the tables and handing out the all important props:

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I then explained that they had all been cordially invited to a diplomatic cocktail party at the English ambassador’s palace in Geneva. The students then had a few minutes to go round and introduce themselves (in their new character of course).

During feedback, they told the class who they had met and I encouraged a couple of exclamations form each student, and these seemed more “natural” so to speak while everyone was pretending to be part of “the upper crust”!

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About fabenglishteacher

I've been teaching English for a few years now and this blog is part of my never-ending quest to make learning English more fun, and easier for my students.
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One Response to What a classy cocktail party! -Teaching exclamations

  1. elsienagale says:

    Hi! Glad you found a use! Will try and put together an article for you in the new year! Happy Holidays!

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