This is an activity I really enjoy conducting in class. If foster loads of speaking and it's very engaging.
Language skills: Describing a problem, asking/giving adive, summarising.
1. Arrange your students in two groups. Make sure the groups have at least 6 students. If your class is small, put all learners together in a single group.
2. Each student get a piece of paper and briefly outlines a problem. It may be real or imagined but if it is as concrete as possible it makes the discussion closer to real life, of course. The shouldn't write their names on the slip so as not to cause any type of embarrassment.
Examples: I really can't get over my ex-girlfriend/ I find it really hard to concentrate at my home office/ I always leave everything ultin the last minute/ I want a divorce but I don't know how to tackle this problem with my husband.
3. Students fold the slips of paper and put them in a box or bag. One student in the group will act as a counsellor, so s/he will get a "problem" in the box or bag and give a piece of advice. Then, the others in the group will react and give some counselling as well. Note: We must tell students everyone should react and give advice , even if one's own problem is picked out. This way we guarantee the anonymity of the activity is assured.
4. If two groups are involved, once the discussion over one problem is over, both counsellors, one from each group , swap places and summarizes the problem in the "new group". Then, follow up bringing both problem in the whole class.