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NAZO'S TAP THE SHOULDER- PRE READING ACT

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Hi everyone,

Here is an activity that I had learned from one of my university teachers in Holland. You can do this activity as a pre-reading activity or as a speaking discussion activity.
Procedure:
1- Half of the students sit in a circle.
2- The other half of the students stand behind each student that sits.
3- The ones who sit have the right to talk, the others who stand are not allowed to talk unless the teacher taps on the shoulder. When the teacher taps on the student's shoulder who stands, that student has to exchange places with the student who sits in front of him/her.
4- The inner circle students who sit talk about the content questions that are related to the reading passage: e.g if the reading passage is about arranged marriages: "What do you think about arranged marriages?" or "Do most of the arranged marriages lead in fiasco?"

5- The number of students that I have in my classes is 16, so I have 8 students sitting in the middle and 8 standing students. If you have more students in your class, then it would may be ideal to have two cirlcles.

Good Luck
Nazan OZCINAR
SABANCI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL TURKEY
Email: nazano@sabanciuniv.edu

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