Using authentic interviews in class

I love using interviews at my classes! Do you? I think they are just what you need to practice speaking, tenses, word order, and at the same time they let you make the lessons fun (obviously, depending on the interview contents, but still). Thanks to its structure, an interview gives you so much to work with!
I would normally follow the order I describe below :
1) take only the questions and either just print them out separately or strip them off all the grammar and present them in a “slashed” look (e.g. instead of “how did you start your business?”  it would be “how/start /your business?”)
2) ask SS to think of possible answers to the questions / recreate the questions and then to think of possible answers. Ask them to share their opinions on what they expect to read/hear in each of the answers. In a group situation, I’d then ask them to compare their guesses
3) give the answers and get them to match Qs with As.
4) do some comprehension check
5) get them to comment on if the answers were expected /unexpected
6) ask them to think of more questions they’d ask that person

About Svetlana Urisman

I am an ADOS and an English teacher (and materials writer) in a language school in Moscow. I have been an ADOS and a teacher trainer for a couple of years and a teacher for about 10 years. I am keen to share some ideas and materials I've developed in order to take them further and not to lose them. You are welcome to use any materials represented in this blog, and I will be happy to get your feedback afterwards if you take them to your classroom! ;-)
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