My third year students recently finished studying how to describe objects in detail. They learned how to describe the shape, texture, surface, weight, size, capacity, temperature and general condition of an object, including how to name what the object is made of. In order to help them practice what they'd learned, I gave them a homework assignment to bring an interesting object from home for "Show & Tell" in French. I asked them to be prepared to describe their objects in detail to the class. They had to speak for a minimum of 30 seconds at a normal speed. Here are some photos:
Students were allowed to look at a written description of their object as they spoke, but in my opinion, this activity was less like a memorized presentation and more like informal conversation. Informal speaking is one of those areas that is difficult to assess, and I think this activity was a good way to do just that. Also, it was a very enjoyable lesson for everyone, and a great way to get everyone speaking French!