After doing this exercise a while with my classes I may tell them that certain questions e.g. “ça va?” are banned, or that they aren’t allowed to repeat a question that’s already been asked during that lesson.
It’s a great listening exercise too – ask the rest of the class to listen carefully to the question and answer, and make a few notes about what they hear. Then use a random name generator (I use ClassCharts, but MegaSeatingPlan has one too!) to choose a student to share what they have understood with the rest of the class or allow students to compare notes with their partner. This allows for greater class participation.
All of our KS3 students have been given vocabulary booklets this year - with 10 phrases they have to learn each fortnight for a vocab test. Each of the vocab tests contains at least one question, so I tell students if they can’t think of a question off the top of their heads, they can have a look in their booklets.
(Will try to blog about our vocab testing system in more when I get chance – this is something new we have started to trial this academic year!)
Do you have any exciting register routines? I’d love to hear about them, as I’m always on the hunt for new ideas I can use with my classes.
Thanks for reading.