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Three activities taken from the book Speak, Listen and Learn - Teaching resources for ages 7-13 published by Routledge
LEVEL 1 Session 10: The leaky balloon
In this thought experiment, teams of pupils represent famous characters and personalities travelling aboard a hot air balloon that’s rapidly losing height.
If the passengers are to survive, someone has to jump out – but who will it be? Which team can make the best argument for why it shouldn’t be them?
• To make a simple argument
• To respond to an argument
• To encourage teamwork
LEVEL 1 Session 12: Changing our school
Pupils put forward a series of ideas for how their school can be improved. The most interesting ideas are then allocated to one set of teams who must argue their idea’s merits against a set of opposing teams who have to argue against them.
To introduce the notion of speaking for or against a statement or idea
LEVEL 2 Session 5: Good Cop, Bad Cop
In this language interpretation and manipulation exercise, the class is divided in two, with half the pupils assuming the role of ‘Good Cop’ and the other half ‘Bad Cop.’ Both halves are then given a series of neutral statements, such as ‘London is the largest city in the UK’; ‘We live on an island’ and ‘There are lots of books in the library’.
Working in teams, the ‘Good Cops’ and ‘Bad Cops’ prepare a short class presentation in which they explain why the statement they’ve been given is a positive or negative one…
To use language effectively