What what you do if your best friend had a body odor problem?
Would you tell them directly, indirectly, have someone talk to them, or something else?
What if your smelly friend was also your secret crush? Does it matter if it's a boy or a girl?
Have you ever been in this situation before? Is good hygiene important to you?
What Would You Do? by Taylor Sapp is more than just a collection of 81 tricky hypothetical situations. Each dilemma includes suggested solutions, variations, and extension activities so they're easy to adapt to your students and your classroom.
Use them as thoughtful and engaging warmers, fillers, or as the start of a class discussion, or even pre-writing. Follow them up with one of the writing assignments or a project from the 16 games and activities in the appendix.
Unlike other quick conversation prompts, the dilemmas in What Would You Do? cover a wide variety of topics, for a range of ages and levels of English, such as:
- everyday problems: What if you had a friend who was always late?
- fun situations: What skill would you want instantly downloaded to your brain?
- ethical issues: Would you let someone steal to feed their family?
- fantasy: What if a wizard anointed you the chosen one?
- topical social issues: Would you hire a qualified undocumented immigrant?
Engaging, flexible, fun. What Would You Do? is your students' new favorite activity!
About the Author
Taylor Sapp has two passions which helped this book come together: writing and teaching. He has a BA in Creative Writing and Film from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and spent a few years toiling in the film and TV business. He also has an MA in Education/TESOL from Concordia University in Portland, OR. He has spent over 10 years as an educator of ESL students across different universities and private schools in Japan and America. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, watching movies, doing yoga, and writing fiction and haiku. He eats blueberries every day to keep his mind sharp and young and suggests you do the same.
"The situations in this book go way beyond the usual "What would you do if..." questions I used to use in class, providing both scaffolding and expansion to really take it to the next level. A great resource!" --Andrew Lawrence, ESL Professor Concordia University Portland
"The stories span a variety of tricky situations, followed by questions that pose surprising twists. As an ESL teacher who sometimes hears crickets instead of enthusiastic interactions, I loved how both the stories and the accompanying questions are designed to appeal to real life and imaginary experiences. If students want to further explore the dilemmas, they have more exciting projects offered in the appendices. I think it's going to be tough to shut down the discussions, which is energizing for me as an instructor. Students can't stop talking? WWYD?" --Catherine Noble, MA TESOL