University- Speaking “Hobbies”
Resources needed: handouts (below); scrap paper
DO THIS ACTIVITY
ON MONDAY, SO CAN TALK ABOUT HOW THEY SPENT THEIR WEEKEND TIME.
Aim: by the end of this stage students will have warmed up to the topic of hobbies by
talking about what they did on the weekend, and brainstorming ideas about other
Time: 10-15 mins
whole-of-class input, then group brainstorm
Teacher writes HOBBIES up on board
“Good morning class, how are you?”
Teacher then, keeping the tone conversational, asks what they did on the
weekend. Keeping it informal, to warm-up without lecturing or obviously
Teacher prompting by talking about own activities if necessary, briefly. Ask
Spend a couple of minutes only on this, then ask students in groups, to
brainstorm for 4-5 minutes, a list of possible weekend activities that they may
have read about, seen, in real-life or on TV, or that someone else they know
does, or they may like to do.
During the brainstorming, teacher monitors, prompts if any groups stuck,
warns about time-lapse.
After 4 – 5 minutes, get feedback from students and write their words on the
board, under hobbies.
Aim: by the end of this stage, students will have extended their concept-knowledge
and vocabulary to include “hobbies, recreation, fun, active, refreshing and diverting”,
if they don’t already know these, the meanings of ‘hobby’ and ‘recreation’
Time: 10-15 mins
These are all hobbies”
“Can anyone tell me what the meaning of hobby is”
After discussion, teacher writes up on the board, the definition of hobby, as “A
hobby is a spare-time recreational pursuit”
“What is recreational?”
After discussion, if any, on what recreation is, teacher writes up the definition
“Recreation or fun is the expenditure of time in a manner designed for therapeutic
refreshment of one’s mind or body. While leisure is more likely a form of
entertainment or rest, recreation is active but refreshing and diverting”.
“So this is saying that hobbies are recreational, which is similar to