Many of my students were away again for their DECA competition, but I had 75 minutes to fill with those who were there, so I had to find something engaging for them to do. I decided to do a speaking activity today that at least would have the grade 11 and 12 students speaking together. It went well with the theme of the first unit for the grade 11 class, which is art. I found this activity, Qu’est-ce que l’art?, on-line and I was really excited when I saw it. It is just perfect. Students are given a series of statements and need to discusss whether or not the item in question should be considered art. Students had to justify their answers. The inner / outer circles idea didn’t work so well, considering that there were only 7 students in the class, but at least they rotated and everyone spoke to every other student in the class. I only used about half the list so that I could save the rest for another day. That way, the students who were absent will get the chance to do it as well. I think the activity would have dragged on too long if I had done the whole list, just because there were so few students there.
I hope this idea inspires you to try it or at least, to try something similar. Inner / outer circles is a great activity for a language class. Enjoy!