Just a Minute Game- ESL Speaking

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Just a Minute ESL Speaking Activity


The Just A Minute Game is a fun “Toastmasters” kind of ESL speaking activity where you write up a bunch of topics on the board such as animals, family, jobs, hobbies, schedule, TV, etc.

Then, the first student throws a scrunched up paper ball at the board and the topic closest to where the ball hit must talk for an entire minute about it. The challenge is that students must keep talking continuously without stopping for the entire time in order to successfully complete the challenge.

Erase that topic and continue with the next student. If you have a big class, you can put students into groups of 4 and get them to number themselves: 1,2,3,4. Then, select one student to throw the paper ball and select a topic for all numbers ones. They talk for one minute, at the same time to their small groups. Repeat for the remaining three students with new topics each round.

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