Speed-dating is great for getting students to use the language in short conversations. Don’t leave without finding out their name (and number if interested! I encourage them to pretend they are someone else if they want to.They get a ton of practice and feel more comfortable in pairs than speaking in front of big groups. This gets them thinking about how to answer questions according to their character and pushes them to learn new words.Our event hosts facilitate the entire event and make sure you have a great time.* * * If you are open to meeting new people and start making new friends we offer a variety of events and activities like happy hour, mixer, speed dating and other events.Introductions and icebreakers; helping students cover a lot of material (e.g., sharing what they learned from readings); starting class discussion¬; allowing all students to speak without taking a lot of class time. Each person interviews the other, with questions provided by the instructor. Effects of small-group learning on undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology: A meta-analysis. Then the pair finds another couple and forms a quad. I set my room up in a big circle with desks facing each other like this… Plus other fun questions like these: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? I have used a bell or percussion instrument to signal for them to move, but this year I’m looking for a smooching sound app to spice things up!Then I will give them a list of questions for each student to answer on their own. I will give them 15 seconds one time, 30 the next, and sometimes 1 minute (which gets uncomfortable, but it great to get them asking their OWN questions.) At the end, I have them pick the most interesting date they had and have they write down what they learned about that person (in the language) and the guy and girl with the most votes will win a cupcake/candy from me! Valentine’s Day is a great time to try SPEED DATING!
Make sure you explain how the activities you've planned are linked with the course learning objectives.
When you join a casual and comfortable atmosphere it gets much simpler to socialize and communicate.
We often have an ice breaker game that will get the conversation going.
My previous experiences facilitating successful panel discussions led me to believe that a panel would be a good method to use here. In an effort to create a panel that represented a diversity of functions and practitioners, I ended up with too many panelists and, consequently, an ineffective exercise.
As the instructor and panel moderator, one has to manage the questions from the class as well as rein in the excitement and enthusiasm of the panel participants to impart their wisdom. I asked the class for feedback following the inclusion of two panel discussions.