This one is good for lower levels, especially A1-A2. It’s good because it gets the learners up and moving and it focuses on listening skills. You can also select a participant to be the person giving the orders to make it more active.
- Explain that you will give an order and the learners must line up according to your order. For example: Please line up from oldest to youngest/tallest to shortest within a specified time (90 seconds is good).
- Give the order.
- The learners should ask each other in English questions like “I was born in May 1990, when were you born?” in order to identify the correct order.
- Top the class (use a timer on your phone).
- Ask them to announce the order, e.g. S1: I was born in January 1989. S2 I was born in March 1989…
- If someone is in the wrong place you could eliminate that person from the next round if you want. Alternatively, give them 10 seconds to reorder themselves.
1. Say a sentence that is “correct” or “incorrect” and the learners move to one side of the room if they think it is correct or incorrect. This could be content-based or grammar-based.
2. Also with sides of the room, ask them to move according to what they think about a topic, e.g. “I think chocolate ice-cream is more delicious than vanilla.”
3. Also with sides of the room, ask them to move according to personal descriptors, e.g. Move to this side if you have a pet./If you speak more than 2 languages./ If you are wearing jewelry.