1st GROUP:

Activity type: reading-listening.

The 5 or 6 students at the fist table have each a copy of the bellow text: Guided Fantasy, but before they read it, they close their eyes and listen to the leader reading the ‘guided fantasy’. They just have to listen and imagine what it is being described. This listening may be very useful especially for a Friday or any day at the last periods of the morning, when students are naturally more excited and show more difficulties to focus on any contents.

After they have listened to the whole reading they are allowed to have a look at their own screens. They checked if what they have imagined belongs to what was written in the text. After they’ve finished reading the whole passage they draw the scene as close as possible to the original.

Here is the text:

Sit comfortably and close your eyes.

Take deep breaths and relax.

Now, you see a small boat in front of you and you get on the boat. You are in the boat.

The boat slowly takes you to a beautiful island.

You get out of the boat.

What do you see on the beach?

What do you hear?

How do you feel?

Then you start walking.

You see a forest.

You are in the forest.

You are walking now.

Look around!

What do you see?

What do you hear?

Look down!

There are beautiful flowers.

What colour are they?

Smell them!

You keep walking and come to a hill.

You walk up the hill.

On the hill you see somebody.

He has got blue eyes and blond hair.

He is very handsome. Who is he?. You start talking to him.

Think of three questions you want to ask him.

When you are ready, come back to the classroom and open your eyes.

2nd GROUP:

Is yoga a suitable practice to fight against stress? Debate

E.g. Have you ever practiced yoga, meditation,…?
E.g. Why do we need to do some warming up before practicing any physical job?
E.g. Are you often tense and anxious before an exam?
E.g. Have you ever spent a sleepless night due to any worries?

3th GROUP:

Activity type: Reading, speaking, writing.
Drama: They read a short Oscar Wilde biography:

Oscar Wilde was born on 16 October 1854, in Dublin, Ireland, the second of three children born to writer Jane Francesca Agnes and surgeon Sir William Robert Wilde. Wilde's mother was a prominent poet and nationalist; his father a successful ear and eye surgeon and noted philanthropist, knighted in 1864. Oscar had an older brother named William and a younger sister, Isola. After his initial years of schooling at home, in 1871 he entered Trinity College, Dublin, then went on to study the classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, England from 1874-1878. It was here that he came under the influence of writer and critic Walter Pater and helped found the Aesthetic Movement, "art for art's sake". Wilde excelled in his studies, winning many prizes and awards including Oxford's Newdigate Prize for his poem "Ravenna" (1878). His remarkable theatre plays will make the name Wilde last forever aswell.

After the students have read the biography, they read a short extract of one of the Wilde’s theatre plays The importance of being Earnest :
ALGERNON:Well, my dear fellow, you need not eat as if you were going to eat it all. You behave as if you were married to her already. You are not married to her already, and I don't think you ever will be.
JACK: Why on earth do you say that?
ALGERNON: Well, in the first place, girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.
JACK: Oh, that is nonsense.
ALGERNON: It isn't. It is a great truth. It accounts for the extraordinary number of bachelors that one sees all over the place. In the second place, I don't give my consent.
When the students have finished reading the extract, they are required to write their own SOAP OPERA, to be performed in TV. A set of characters is provided in a sheet, Samantha, Laura, Mark, Richard, etc. and they have to imagine the relationships that link them, i.e., who is married to who, what they do for a living, etc.
This is the activity:

Design your soap opera