Write one or two questions on the board (if possible using grammar/language from a previous lesson, or anticipating language coming up in the day’s lesson. Use language that is slightly above the level of language they normally produce.) This could be either:
• a gapped question: What ______ you _________ at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon?
• a jumbled question: you yesterday at doing What 3 o’clock were afternoon
• whole sentence hangman __ __ __ __ ___ ___ ___ ___ etc.
1. Students in groups try to fill gaps, sort out sentences (or play hangman in whatever way you like for the third option).
2. Drill the sentences – rubbing out key words if you have written them in.
3. Students ask each other the question(s) in pairs. Monitor and deal with errors in the target language afterwards.