Close Control task types 3. Information collection exercise. Malaga TEFL Teacher Training Centre.

Close Control task types 3. Information collection exercise. Malaga TEFL Teacher Training Centre.

A good example of an information collection exercise for the close control stage is a dating agency. The teacher prepares a series of personal questions which capture the target language and the students mingle to collect information about each other.

An example of a question set could be the second conditional:

  1. What would you do if your partner spent all night dancing with your best friend at a party? (jealousy question)
  2. If your partner wanted to leave their well-paid job to travel with you round the world, would you go (financial question)?
  3. If your partner suddenly became a Buddhist (orange clothes and shaved head), would you give them your blessing and let them take on a new life-style. (religious question)
  4. Etc.
Once all the students have interviewed each other, they then have to decide which students should match up with each other based on the information collected. The presentation of results could be a written piece giving reasons, or a spoken presentation. Differing pairings could form the basis for a debate in which people defend their recommendations!

TEFL classroom training note: when creating questions, make sure you know your students well so as not to inadvertently create any awkwardness or embarrassment. One way of getting round this is for the students to take on an identity of a famous personality and answer according to what they think their character would say.


Posted on August 1st, 2017


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