Finding out what students have been doing can help you to understand their needs now they are back at school.
Ask and answer: Ask them some questions about their time out of school, in either English or their home language (depending on their level). Write the questions on the board. Ask them to ask and answer the questions with a partner. Older students can then write on a piece of paper that you can collect and read afterwards. Let them choose which questions they want to talk about.
Choose some of the questions below and add your own.
- What did you do when the school was closed?
- What was good?
- What was difficult?
- Did you do anything different with your family or friends?
- Did you watch any TV programmes or listen to the radio in English?
- Did you use any websites or mobile apps for learning English?
- Did you speak in English at home? Who did you speak with?
- Did you read parts of your English coursebook or other books in English?
Ask some of the students to share their answers if they are too young to write their answers. Give encouragement and recognise any difficulties they have had. Use their replies to plan support for those learners who need it. After class, read anything that is written down and write a short reply to each student if you have time.
True or false: Ask students to write five sentences about what they did while school was closed, most true, but one or two that are not true. In pairs or groups, one student reads the sentences and the others listen to all, and then guess which are true and which are invented.