I just wanted to quickly share 3 zero prep activities I have done in lessons recently that worked well. I can’t take credit for these ideas… I saw them first on social media but I’m really sorry to say I can’t remember/don’t know who shared them first, so I don’t know who to credit! Apologies! (If it was you, please tell me and I’ll rectify this).
I use Zoom for my lessons, but these should work well on Teams, too.
‘Do now’ chat
I put a question in the chat box in Zoom as we are waiting for everyone to turn up and people write their responses to the question. I then read them and comment on them – both correcting grammar/spelling and also asking more questions in the TL to develop it into a speaking task.
It’s best if the questions form some kind of retrieval practice, so choose something you did last lesson or even a couple of weeks ago.
I say a sentence in English and everyone has to type the translation into the chat. You can either give students a set amount of time to do it and then they all press ‘enter’ when the time is up or you can do it as a ‘race’ to see who can type the right answer first.
Breakout room vocab building
I split students into groups of 3-4 in breakout rooms and get them to come up with lists of vocabulary relating to a certain topic. I’ve done adjectives and sports recently, but the possibilities are endless! They can use dictionaries, etc. Give them a time limit and then come together to share the vocabulary either in the chat or using the whiteboard function.
If you’ve got any more ideas, get in touch on social media (I’m katelanguages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and I’ll add them here!