In this partner activity, students ask and answer questions to exchange information about famous sights in Sevilla, Spain. I used this authentic information sheet from my trip to Sevilla (it's from the back of a map) to create the activity.
|original Sevilla info sheet|
(Partner A & B info sheets w/ opposite blacked out info.)
Each student has to ask his/her partner for the missing information (related to our numbers/time vocab) about each designated sight: opening time, closing time, and phone number. (i.e."What time does the Museo Taurino open?" etc. -- you can see an example above the chart screenshots below.) To answer the partner's questions, the student must find the correct information about each of the partner's sights on the info sheet. Of course, all asking & answering MUST be done in Spanish! While listening to their partner's answers, students record the information (numerically) in the following charts:
|Partner A's chart to fill in|
|Partner B's chart to fill in|
I love info-gap activities for so many reasons:
- students have a real reason to communicate
- they get to ask/answer questions they might actually ask & answer in real life
- having a specific task to complete keeps them on-task
- designing the activity around vocab they are practicing keeps them in the target language
- they get to practice both speaking and listening at the same time!
- since it's a pair activity, students often correct/help each other with language usage
In fact, I love them so much that my students end up rolling their eyes when it's time to do another one... but the vast majority of students always list them under "What helped you LEARN the most?" in our end-of-unit surveys! (Even students who don't list them under "What activities did you LIKE the most?" -- although many students include them there as well!)