A NO-FAIL MONDAY ACTIVITY

Join a global community of over 200,000 TEFL teachers working throughout the world! Enrol me!

We know Monday motivation can be a difficult thing after a weekend of fun and adventure and when the next weekend seems so far away, which is why we thought we’d let you in to one of our favourite activities to whip out on a Monday, an activity which is sure to work no matter what class you have and no matter how low energy levels are.

If you think about it, what’s the one thing we all do when we get to work on the Monday (besides making a really big cup of tea)?

We ask about the weekend, of course! So why not take advantage of that universal love of weekends and get your students talking about a topic that never gets old.

  • Preparation: 
    • Collate some pictures which describe your weekend. Include happy memories, as well as anything negative that happened to you – we’re not talking huge disasters, but any small, irritating thing that may have happened. They don’t have to be your pictures but if you have any from your social media that’s a bonus. For example, a beach and a book; a cup of spilt coffee; friends at the pub; rain
  • Procedure:
    • Draw a J and a L on the board.
    • Tell the students that there were some high points during your weekend but also some low points. Ask them to discuss in pairs what they think they might be. This could really be anything (the crazier, the better) but if they know you they may be able to take some intelligent guesses.
    • Let them share their guesses, hinting at who is close. When everyone has had a say, show them the pictures and explain your weekend, highlighting your ups and your downs.
    • Now it’s your students’ turns. Give them a few minutes to draw pictures which represent the highs and lows of their weekends. In pairs, they repeat the activity as they did with you, guessing first and then looking at the pictures to confirm or deny their guesses. While showing the pictures, the students explain their weekends to their partners
    • When everyone has finished, ask in open class who had the best highlight and the lowest point in the weekend to end the activity.

By talking about high points and low points and not just asking “What did you do this weekend?”, students are forced to evaluate their weekend, ranking their activities from best to worst. Doing this will help them realise how much they did and will give them things to talk about.

A few notes on logistics: Make sure you are not pairing students who have spent the weekend together, because this would make the guesses pointless. Also, you probably couldn’t do this activity every Monday but you could definitely do a variation of it every couple of weeks. Finally, don’t accept “But teacher, I did nothing”. They could not have sat still in silence for 48 hours, which means they must’ve done something – even if it was playing computer games or going to the grocery store.

Get Social

Follow us on social networks, join our newsletter - get the latest news and early discounts

Sign up to our newsletter

Follow us on social networks, sign up to our e-newsletters – get the latest news and early discounts

Accreditation Partners

The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

Product added to your cart

You have added to your cart:

Request call back

    Please leave your details below and one of our TEFL experts will get back to you ASAP:

    captcha Type characters on the left:

    Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

    Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

    Thank you! Your message has been sent!

    Download the TEFL World Factbook

      Please enter your details in order to download the latest TEFL World Factbook.

      Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

      Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

      Thank you for downloading the TEFL World Factbook!


      If the TEFL World Factbook did not download
      > Click Here To Download <

      Download the Online Teaching Guide

        Please enter your details in order to download our Online Teaching Guide.

        Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

        Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

        Thank you for downloading our Online Teaching Guide!


        If the Online Teaching Guide did not download
        > Click Here To Download <

        Download Prospectus

          Please enter your details in order to download our latest prospectus.

          Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

          Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

          Thank you for downloading our prospectus!


          We hope you enjoy reading our prospectus, we have tried to make it as useful as possible! Please get in touch if you have any questions.


          If the prospectus did not download automatically
          > Click Here To Download <

          $
          $