What a classy cocktail party! -Teaching exclamations

This week my class had been studying exclamations. I always find it a little artificial to teach phrases such as:

“How beautiful she is!”

“What on earth is that?”

when I haven’t met anyone who speaks like that in the last thirty years.

So how to practice it?

Luckily I had picked up a few ideas at the great workshop given by Elsien Gale (Activities to get teenagers speaking) at TESOL France a couple of weeks ago.

After presenting and practicing various forms of exclamations I asked the students to create their avatar. They chose names, nationalities, jobs, hobbies, etc. for their alter ego. After having moved the tables and handing out the all important props:


I then explained that they had all been cordially invited to a diplomatic cocktail party at the English ambassador’s palace in Geneva. The students then had a few minutes to go round and introduce themselves (in their new character of course).

During feedback, they told the class who they had met and I encouraged a couple of exclamations form each student, and these seemed more “natural” so to speak while everyone was pretending to be part of “the upper crust”!


About fabenglishteacher

enjoying sharing learning
This entry was posted in Fab ideas. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to What a classy cocktail party! -Teaching exclamations

  1. elsienagale says:

    Hi! Glad you found a use! Will try and put together an article for you in the new year! Happy Holidays!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s