In 6 months time, my first baby will arrive along with my new title of “Daddy.” This begs the question. What kind of parent will I be? What types of rules will I set? What will I teach my child and what activities will I prohibit? Will I choose a style of parenting or make it up on the fly? There are so many ideas out there (good and bad) to look to.
These are the questions I was asking myself as I put together today’s activity. It stems from one of the five activities that are found in the Family Time resource found at the shop. It is comprised of several unfinished phrases pertaining to the upbringing of a new child.
Students will put themselves in the place of an expecting parent and finish the phrases to match their beliefs about raising their imaginary future child. Some may need not look too far!
How to use it:
First, download the PDF:my-child-esl-expertz
Share the PDF on your screen (for online classes) or print a copy for each student (for offline classes). Give your students a couple of minutes to read through the phrases. Ask them to choose 6 to finish according to their own ideas or beliefs about parenting. Have them write their full sentences in the chat (online) or on a separate piece of paper (offline). When everyone has finished, have students share their phrases with the class and compare answers. If students wish to comment or open up a debate, let them!
My child will speak English because it’s a good skill for a job.
My child will speak English because I will speak English with him.
Other ways to use this activity:
If your group doesn’t know each other very well, don’t seem comfortable with one another just yet, or you want to avoid anything too personal, you could use one of these two alternatives:
- Choose, or let your students choose, well-known figures from the past or the present to impersonate in their answers. For example, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Henry Styles, etc…
- Choose a “type” of parent for the group and have them finish the phrases within that constraint. For your more beginner students, you could start with simple types such as strict, free-spirited or helicopter parents (a fun expression from American parenting meaning overprotective). If you want to go further, there is a list of more specific parenting types on the PDF.
There is also a supplementary activity in the top right corner where students will come up with a list of 10 rules for their children. You could have them come up with their rules based on their own values and beliefs or have them choose from one of the types. For more information about these types you can visit this website here to learn more.
I haven’t tried yet, but I bet there is a discussion lesson in that website I just mentioned… I’ll give it a try and get back to you.