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Revising Communicative Activities: Using Cooperative Strategies

Sometimes when students are completing speaking activities, they must write the answers that their partner says.  I want them to be held accountable and many times, I can review it by asking students what different students said while they were interviewing them.  I found this activity which is cooperative and does not require students to write word-for-word what their partner says (but it encourages note-taking!)

Students should be in groups of three.  One student interviews another student.  You can have students ask general questions or specific questions.  The third student observes the interview.  Each student takes a turn being the interviewer, interviewee and observer.  Finally, each person presents the person that they observed being interviewed.  Therefore, they must pay attention to what is being said.  Depending on the size of your class, you may want to limit who is presenting, so it does not become so lengthy.  However, make sure you keep track of who has completed this activity.  This will help ensure that everyone has a turn.  I can’t wait to try this in my classes!


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