With my second graders I decided to try the listening activity I presented in our Meth class. The title was 'Witness'.
I started by brainstorming about the meaning of being a witness on the WB. I asked a combination of open and closed questions and elicited responses through both invitation and nomination.
Q:What does a witness do?
A: Listen, watch, remember...
Q: What does he need to remember?
A: clothing, speaking, background,..... details
Q: In what kind of situation is a witness important?
A: crime, accident, reporting, wedding
Not all of the answers came naturally. I had to use a lot of MIC for 'details' and 'wedding' but we got there eventually. The important thing is that I did not resort to Korean translations which was my habit in the past.
I made it into a game where the team that could answer the most questions correctly won some candy. Also, when it came time to share answers I had the Ss ask someone at the next table. This time I used your suggestion Tom, and had the S sitting beside the answering S ask the next Q. This doubled the amount of Ss who had a chance to speak.
We played two rounds.
It turned out to be a very laid back class. The Ss really enjoyed the video clips I chose and were happy to get some candy.
However, I wonder if they were so relaxed particularly because there wasn't as much pressure to speak. I suppose that's ok because it was a listening activity anyway.