Would You Rather Survey
This activity works well because it gets students moving around and interacting with their classmates. It also allows them to find out more about other students and their opinions.
Students create 3-6 "would you rather" questions.
Encourage them to create questions that are hypothetical and fun. For example:
- Would you rather be able to fly or swim under water like a fish?
- Would you rather meet Brad Pitt or Barak Obama?
- Would you rather be deaf or blind?
You will be surprised how creative the students can be with their questions.
After they have finished their questions and the teacher has checked them, the students then mingle around asking their classmates the questions. They should record the results from each person.
Finally, the students report their findings to the class. This results in sentences such as these:
- Most people would rather live in a warm country.
- Everyone would rather meet Brad Pitt than meet Barak Obama.
- 75% of the people would rather have unlimited pizza than have unlimited ice cream.
In this activity, students create dialogues and present them to the class.
Montreal or New York
Hotel or Hostel
The students then create dialogues form these choices. They must use would rather and would prefer. Finally, they present their dialogues to the class. The presentations are short, with really only about 5-8 sentences.
Here is an example:
A: So we need to talk about our vacation.
B: I know. Would you rather go to Montreal of New York?
A: Well, I think I would rather go to Montreal. I have never been there, and I would love to practice some French.
B: OK., I think that is a great idea. And where should we stay?
A: I don't know. Would you prefer to stay in a hotel or a hostel?
B: I'd prefer to stay in a hotel. It would be nice to stay in a fancy hotel with a pool.
A: Great idea!
You can see the dialogues aren't too lengthy, but there are still several examples of the target language.
Around the Circle with "I'd Rather"
The students are in a circle or seated at their desks. The first student starts by making a statement such as these:
- I'd like pizza for dinner.
- I'd like to travel to Argentina.
- I'd like a bicycle.
A: I'd like rice for lunch.
B: I'd rather eat chicken.
C: I'd rather eat pasta.
The game works best when the students increase the value of the item only slightly so that in the end they have arrived at the best possible choice. I usually use money as my example to show them how to progress.
A: I'd like $5.
B: I'd rather have $10.
C: I'd rather have $25.
D: I'd rather have $100.
In this way, the final answer is really the best option of all. So conversations will go from eating bread to lobster, or from driving a bicycle to driving a helicopter.
Those are some activities for would you rather and would you prefer. If you are interested in some online lessons and tests, take a look at the links below:
Rather/Prefer Test 2