This is the challenged presented by the blog ELT BITES.
Describe an activity in no more than 200 words that requires no advance preparation of materials and relies on nothing more than the students, teacher and usual classroom resources of board, pens, paper etc.
And this is my answer:
This is useful when you want to practise the language of SMS and any kind of instant messaging.
- Students write their names on a piece of paper and we swap them.
- They write an SMS (no more than 160 characters) on the same paper and sign with a nickname.
- I give messages to their recipients and they write an appropriate answer without knowing who they are writing to.
- Finally we swap messages again and read the results aloud, trying to guess who is behind each nickname.
You can also give it a twist asking students to write their SMS about a specific topic: a complaint, an invitation, asking for information, etc.