This is a great standby for lessons when a lot of students don’t come, for one reason or another (snow days, first/last days of term, etc.)
The teacher gives the students a blank piece of paper and asks them to fold it in half 3 times, then open it up again. The students should now see 8 different sections.
The teacher tells them what to write in each section. For example, in the first box, write the name of your mother, in the second, write the name of your best friend, in the third write the name of the place where you grew up, in the next write the name of your favourite bit of technology, etc. These could be totally random, or themed to fit in with what you have been doing in class.
The students then cut the papers up and pool the cut up slips for a group of 3 or 4 people and shuffle them.
Working in groups one person picks up a piece of paper, reads what is on it and asks a question, for example, ‘Who is Sultan?’ ‘Where is Santiago?’,’Who wrote mobile phone?’. The person who wrote it talk about the item on the paper and the others are encouraged to ask follow up questions. When the conversation has dried up, the person who spoke last time, chooses another paper, and so on.