1 Ask learners to imagine they have spilt coffee over their timetables and there is now information missing from both of them. They ask each other questions to obtain the missing information, e.g.
A que horas parte o comboio para Braga?
2 When all the gaps are filled, A and B compare timetables which should be identical or you conduct a whole class question and answer session.
The completed timetable can be retained as portfolio evidence.
This activity can also be carried out as a whole group information
gap activity by giving each learner a timetable with only a small amount
of selected information on it so that everyone has different information
to give out.
1 Give each group of four a board, a die, four counters and a pack of
cards face down in the middle of the board.
You can devise your own variations of this game to suit your learners needs, e.g. the statements can be read out in Portuguese for translation onto English particularly the phrases learners are more likely to need to understand rather than use themselves.
And, of course, the cards can be used independently of the board
either for revision or assessment purposes.
1 Give your learners, working in groups of three, each a role card. Explain that A knows how to get around Lisbon and the suburbs very well by public transport and that B and C are visitors.
2 Allow time for them to prepare and to become familiar with their roles before they start talking.
3 When they are ready, B starts the conversation. Encourage B and C to
make a note of the information they are given by A.
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