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Deaf red-nosed foreigner with a snake.

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This is a mingling speaking activity with a difference. Each person has a piece of paper stuck on their back which shows something unusual about them, eg 'I am deaf, please speak loudly to me' 'I am wearing a comic red nose, laugh when you speak to me', 'I am a foreigner, please speak very slowly', 'I am holding a snake, keep your distance from me when you talk to me, 'I am very attractive, look deep into my eyes when you speak to me' etc. Of course they do not see their own paper, but they can read other people's. The idea is that they mingle, speak to other people in the class in the ways suggested, and try to guess their own 'peculiarity'.

Simon Mumford
Izmir, Turkey

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