Materials: Video clips (YouTube etc) Class configuration: Pairs
With so much teaching online, this is a fun task for students to use video and be creative. You can also do this in class and students can use their phones or laptops to access video clips.
First find a video clip of 2 people talking. This could be from a news interview or a film. Play the clip to the students without sound. Ask them some questions:
> Who are the people?
> Where are they?
> What do you think they are talking about?
Play the clip again without sound and ask students to concentrate on the number of words they think the people say. Students can then compare what the number they think.
Put your students into pairs and ask them to write a dialogue to fit the clip. Tell them it can be funny, something very serious, or it can be related to the topic they are studying at the moment.
Once they have finished, students can read out their dialogue to the other students while the video clip plays on silent.
Alternatively, you can ask students to find their own clip to use and create an alternative dialogue.