You students should know vocabulary and common question and answer patterns. They have spent lessons practicing, and actually when you focus on one certain topic, they can do it.
Reviewing weather: 'It's snowy'
they know 'Today'
In the context they know how to command: 'Put on your coat".
If you ask them: "What's your favorite winter sport" they will answer: " I like snowboarding"...
They go out of your door. The world is white around them. It is snowing. And suddenly the most coming out of their mouths is:
'Snow' 'Coat' 'Cold'
Where are all those sentences? Hey! Come on. You can do it:
"Teacher, it is snowing today. Look! Come on. Put on your coat. Let's make a snowman."
WHERE did this all go? They can say it. I know it. YES! but No?!
Well, if you never feel like this~please write down YOUR secrets in the comments.
I tell them we are going to play a day in winter.
They get in pairs.
They will get rules and TOPICS (not structures) they have to implement.
And FREEDOM within those.
weather; feeling; wintergames (plays in the snow), getting dressed, building a snowman.
choose your roles (siblings, friends, parent and kid...)
choose your feeling for today,
choose 3 wintergames you suggest to play and the reasons to refuse them (eg: snowboard>>I don't have a snowboard" etc)
Choose any clothes you like to get dressed in
Choose items for the snowman to make it a bit funny (eg: a banana for his nose....)
1)Let them write out their script in their native language for 15 minutes
2)Then let them practice the language for 15 -20 minutes
3)Then perform in front of each other!!!
I take this slow and split these 3 sections up and embed them into three classes.
Let me know (and see) how it goes. Enjoy!