This section is an information gap activity for students in pairs (Duo) or threesomes (Trio), and occasionally in foursomes (Quartet).
Some activities require question formation and it is highly recommended that time be afforded for students to prepare their questions, perhaps even working in small groups with other students of the same role. The time spent here is equally as important as the speaking activity which follows.
The opening phrases, the ‘Start’, are provided, and this is a vital psychological tool, both in breaking the ice, and serving as a gateway into the conversation. Similarly the ‘End’ enables a friendly closure to the activity. These phrases should be practiced before the activity.
During the speaking activity a student should not be able to see their partner’s book, and should be encouraged to ask if clarification is needed.
The Trio activities add a new dynamic to proceedings, with neither the speaker nor the listeners knowing who has the relevant answer.