This is an fun, student centred activity which needs no prep and is perfect for when you have to cover a lesson with 5 minutes notice.
It works with all levels and ages.
One the board, draw two diagonal linesfrom the top to the bottom, and some little lines in the middle of it (the idea is to make it look like a road). Add a bus stop and a person waiting for the bus.
Then hand out 4 or 5 board pens to the students and tell them that everyone must add at least one thing to the picture. Give them a few minutes to do this, and make sure that the board is full of pictures (make sure there are planty of people… feel free to join in to add some)
The students will love being up at the board messing about.
If there are any explicit pictures on the board (there will be), just rub them off without comment… they will soon tire of it.
Once the board is full and colourful, have the students sit back down.
Then go through each character on the board (people and animals), and get ask the students to name all of them.
Pair the students off and tell them to pick two people on the board who are standing close to each other.
They then have to write out the dialouge which happens between the two people. They must not speak, but the first person writes a line, then passes the paper to the second person who write the reply, and they have a conversation on paper.
Tell the students to read what their partner wrote, and encourage them to correct it if they see any mistakes. Monitor to make sure the grammar is correct.
This keeps them very quiet… but you can be sure there will be a few giggles along the way!
After 10 minutes, get them to read out their conversations to the class.
I have had a lot of fun with this activity, the conversations have always been very silly and the students get speaking and writing practise.