The Internet TESL Journal

Election Manifesto

Gerard Counihan
profesorSs [at]

For intermediate level and up

Activity A

It is election time again, and this time the students have to compile a list of "demands" or "proposals". First off, get them to present suggestions for society in general. I got these, some of which have to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt-all in good fun:

Activity B

Someone should counter each suggestion, with a sentence like:

For example, to "Less taxes", I got:

To "More taxes for the rich", I got:

Get students to use their imaginations. Everyone has to participate, no matter how humble their proposal.

You could also sound out the students on their proposals for English classes, night life, TV, parents and so on.

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1999