October 18, 2012 by Megan
I’m going to measure my level 1 students’ skills with an interpersonal assessment at the end of this unit. I find students tend to be able to say the information they want to say, but they sometimes struggle understanding what the question was asking. One activity we do to practice these interpersonal skills is the “Seek and Sign” challenge. It basically takes one question and helps the student practice asking and answering different variations of that question. We are learning about likes and dislikes so the main focus for this activity was “Do you like…”
Their job was to find someone who likes each activity and have them sign the box. The fun part is that most kids can’t honestly answer yes to all of these activities.
There are a lot of cognates but also a lot of details to get students to see examples of including extra info like where, when, and with whom they do certain activities. Also, we just learned “me too” and “me neither” so it was a natural fit to use that with each other.
We make this a challenge to see who can finish first. Students figured out that they can work faster if they choose an activity that they think a person might actually like instead of asking 10 different questions. I love watching them scan over the different activities to find ones that they think are best for each of their classmates. I play along with them and I usually learn something new about a lot of them by doing this!
I ask them to evaluate themselves at the end. I find they are pretty honest and it usually makes they try to use Spanish “all” of the time the next time we do it.
If your students are a little hesitant to use the language in class with you, try this activity. I couldn’t believe how well mine did interacting in Spanish with each other or how much fun they had!
* If you’re interested in my version, I put it on TPT. Here’s the link…