Intonation can be fun to practice, especially patterns with questions. Almost any type of dialog or role play can be used. The activity I’m sharing with you today is called “UFO Sighting”, and students get to assume the roles of reporters and witnesses. Role cards with key information will relieve students of the burden of generating most of the content so that they can concentrate on speaking with correct intonation patterns. The patterns focused on are rising intonation for yes-no questions, falling intonation for wh- questions, and falling intonation for answers/ statements.
Please click here to view the UFO Sighting_handout.
You may also wish to use my reading of the discussion questions about UFOs as a model.