Self-awareness Activity

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Dear TESOLers,

Here’s an activity that’s extremely fun you can use on a rainy day when half of the students turn up, and you´re looking for a flexible fluency activity.

Imagine you are performing a military drill in a jungle that’s 100 KM from base, and you’re naked. Your mission is to return to base, and you are given a backpack containing these items:

9 R$ 100 notes 
4 bars of chocolate
20 litres of water
An oil lamp
A box of matches
A hammock
A compass
A map
A dagger
Insect repelent

Students have to negotiate with each other in a scale from 1-10 which is the most important (1) to the least important (10).

First they negotiate in pairs, then in small groups and then compare their answers with the experts on jungle survival (see attachment for key).

It´s a useful self-awareness activity to help you discover how persuasive you are when in an argument.

If you like this type of activity, there is a similar one (apparently created by NASA) called “Survival on the moon”:

https://www.humber.ca/centreforteachingandlearning/assets/files/pdfs/MoonExercise.pdf

If you use it, please post comments on how well (or badly) it went.

 

Best wishes,

Steve Barlow
Advisor

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

P.S. Answer key:

9 R$ 100 notes (10)
4 bars of chocolate (2)
20 litres of water (1)
An oil lamp (8)
A box of matches (7)
A hammock (9)
A compass (3)
A map (4)
A dagger (5)
Insect repelent (6)
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