The Internet TESL Journal Gerard Counihan
profesorSs [at] blabla.es The following activity basically takes an old idea and exploits it from a different angle.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
I split up the students into pairs and got them talking about millionaires or being millionaires. <h2>Activity B</h2> I then got them to offer comments on the main title above, and here is what I got: (Do not show these to your pupils until they have made an effort) <ul><li>Avoiding friction with partner</li><li>Leaving work</li><li>Having too much free time</li><li>Becoming arrogant</li><li>Losing old friends</li><li>Worrying more about what to do with the new-found wealth</li><li>Being unaccustomed to luxuries</li><li>Making foolish investments</li><li>Being taken in by financial advisers</li><li>Handling media interest</li><li>Going to too many parties</li><li>Having nothing to fight for</li><li>Becoming more attractive to the opposite sex</li></ul><h2>Activity C</h2> The idea now, apart from debating any interesting comments ensuing from above, is to look for more new angles on old topics.<p> Some suggestions: </p><ul><li>Positive aspects of a rainy day.</li><li>Negative aspects of a night out on the town.</li><li>Positive aspects of school.</li><li>Negative aspects of being a vegetarian.</li><li>Positive aspects of watching TV.</li><li>Negative aspects of doing sport.</li><li>Positive aspects of being poor.</li><li>Positive aspects of being in jail. (!)</li><li>Negative aspects of being very beautiful.</li><li>Etc.</li></ul><p> Very often, what starts out as a brainstorming exercise can turn into a full-blown conversation.</p> The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IV, No. 12, December 1998<br /><a href="http://iteslj.org/">http://iteslj.org/</a>