6. Target Personal Responses
Activity 1: What Would You Do?
Create a worksheet if you are practicing the conditional. What would you do for $1,000,000? List a number of possibilities and have the students move around, again asking questions looking for an affirmative answer. For example: Would you eat liver? Would you shave your head?
Activity 2: Amélie and Me
This activity is based on the film “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain”, in which the characters are introduced through a list of their likes and dislikes.
After watching the movie or an excerpt, students prepare a list (perhaps as homework) according to the model. In the film, you are told about the characters’ strange habits and little quirks (e.g. Amélie’s dad loves to remove wallpaper, he hates when his swimsuit sticks to his skin) – it’s not a list of hobbies. Students should do the same.
In class, organize students in small groups so they explain to one another their likes and dislikes.
Next, have students report to the whole class one like and one dislike from one of their partners.
The following day, try to have students remember the funny peculiarities of their classmates.
Activity 3: Partner Preferences
· Pair students and provide them with a list of items (e.g. food, leisure activities) and ask them to silently guess what their partner loves, likes, and hates.
· When both have guessed, they will orally check their guesses with their partner and discuss their preferences to see how much they have in common and where they differ.