As teachers, we all know how important the first few minutes of a lesson can be. Get them hooked at the start and you could have them eating out of the palm of your hand for the rest of the lesson. Get it wrong and all hell could break loose. Obviously this is a bit dramatic but a nice snappy starter could work wonders with a challenging class.
This is a Spanish PowerPoint which has worked particularly well with years 9-11 but could be used with other years and could be adapted for other languages. I translated popular song titles from the UK charts into Spanish and the students had to translate them back into English.
- Some students may need to use a dictionary to help them or, if they have internet access, they could use WordReference instead.
- You could put them in pairs or groups to make it more competitive. First group to translate all of them correctly win a prize.