The concept is simple, and you’ve probably already guessed it. But, here it is! aesthetic, ready to be printed and cut out or screen shared because we know how busy you are.
– each student receives a small sheet (or JPG) indicating what type of person they are looking for. For example:
- a personal assistant in an Anglo-Columbian company
- someone to take care of your dog while you are on vacation
- Someone to cook for you and 10 guests on your birthday
– the student must prepare 5 questions which, according to them, will allow them to find the person best suited to this type of work. For example:
- Do you speak Spanish?
- Are you afraid of big dogs?
- Are you a fan of Indian cuisine?
Two notes before you get going:
- the downloadable file (found below) is focused mostly on closed (yes or no) questions, but I advise you to allow for more open questions: if your students can manage, allow them to make any type of question they would like.
- You can ask students to prepare questions at home and then bring them to class, but I prefer to do that in class in order to correct any questions along the way (everything depends on the time you have, number of students, whether or not you’re hungry…)
– Once they have their questions, they begin their search for the perfect employee. Students pair up, ask some questions, jot down their responses, and pass to the next person. This can be achieved similarly with platforms like ZOOM and Learncube with the use of Breakout Rooms (they are AWESOME) and sending specific JPGs to your students. This way, you also have the means to create time limits and force new interactions.
Whichever way you manage it, keep your ear open and help your students along the way by asking them to autocorrect or have their partner help them with missing vocabulary first before correcting yourself.
– At the end, have your students give highlights of their head hunting search, or have everyone explain their ideal candidates.
Please note: the duration of this activity is extremely variable. The more encouragement and energy you put into it, the longer it will last and the better it will be.
Happy teaching 🙂