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2 Fluency activities for lower level students.

Stem sentences

Give students the first part of a sentence which they have to complete. You can even provide a list ofstems to make sure that they stay on course. Stop the exercise at the 10 minute mark and compare results. It nice to get as many sentences as possible, but make sure they know that they can go at their own pace.


  • On Sundays I usually_____.
  • On School nights I wish I could_____.
  • In the Summer we used to_____.
  • On my birthday I love to_____.
  • At exam time I usually_____.
  • On Valentine’s day I usually_____.
  • In 1996 I was_____.
  • Last year was_____.
  • Last week I went to_____.
  • On my last holidays I_____.

Don't stop asking! - for improving conversation technique

Get each student to write four facts about themselves. Each takes turns saying one of these facts aloud, the rest of the group needs to keep asking him questions about it to keep the dialogue going on for as long as possible (you can stop it at the 10 minute mark.) You can give them example questions if necessary.

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Page created:  February 20, 2009
Last updated:  May 6, 2010
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General tips for class success

  • Make sure to give them plenty of information to prepare them. Give out lots of vocabulary and language practice beforehand.
  • Make some visual aids. A grid, a table or even a series of picture cards can be of great help for students trying to remember the language.
  • Don't go on for half an hour, our brains can't take it. Aim for short 10-15 minutes bursts.
  • Manage your class. Everyone needs to know what they are supposed to be doing for the class to run smoothly. Show them what to do rather than just telling them.