Something to Say is a photocopiable resource book of fun speaking activities aimed at older teens and adults from upper-elementary to advanced levels. The activities include some which are material-free, but the majority have A4-sized class handouts with detailed teachers’ notes. The activities cover a wide range of themes from pronunciation to interviews, and from riddles to grammar questionnaires. There are also different versions of each to cater for different levels. The activities are funny, engaging, surprising and get students talking and laughing.
In addition, Something to Say includes very comprehensive teachers’ notes, with ideas for adapting the material, correcting the students and for follow-up activities or lessons. All of these ideas are practical, easy to understand and maximise the output of the handouts.
The demand placed on students is relatively low, as written prompts form the basis of all handouts. This provides a lot of support for weaker and less confident students and is a useful building block for classes whom teachers may want to challenge further in follow-up lessons or activities.
In their introduction, Woodward and Lindstromberg state that the material’s fundamental aim is to ‘engage students in lots of meaningful talk while saving time for teachers’ – and the book does just that. It provides material to boost students’ speaking skills and is entertaining, original and well-thought-out.