For example, one variation is to have two concentric circles of people.
The individuals sit across from one another and after the set time period--generally one or two minutes--the outside circle of people gets up and moves in one direction around the circle until everyone has met.
As the instructor and panel moderator, one has to manage the questions from the class as well as rein in the excitement and enthusiasm of the panel participants to impart their wisdom. I asked the class for feedback following the inclusion of two panel discussions.
They loved the panel but wanted to have time to ask more questions and hear more from each person than time allowed.
This is a speaking activity that I made for my teenage classes on Valentine’s Day, but you could do it anytime.
Speed dating has been popular in larger metropolitan areas in recent years.The panel discussion is a valuable, time-tested teaching technique used in classrooms of all types to help students understand the experiences of a particular group of people. As I moved into the graduate classroom as a teacher of students studying higher education I realized I had a short time (one semester) to introduce and expose my students to the vast array of functions in the area of student affairs/student services.My previous experiences facilitating successful panel discussions led me to believe that a panel would be a good method to use here. In an effort to create a panel that represented a diversity of functions and practitioners, I ended up with too many panelists and, consequently, an ineffective exercise.Speed networking programs generally involve people meeting each other one at a time for a short interval and then moving on to the next person in line.They are fairly structured in the way people queue up to meet.It's a good tool for business people to apply the "visibility" stage of the VCP Process --Visibility, Credibility, Profitability--that I mentioned in my past article, " Build Relationships that Last ." The potential downside to speed networking is if someone thinks this is "all" they have to do to network effectively.The key to making speed networking work, is to take those contacts and develop them over time into "credible" relationships that lead to "profitable" referral partners.Then at the end, they choose who they liked the most and why.Give each pair a few minutes to chat, and then shout “change”.This lesson plan focuses on conversational practice to encourage English learners to use a wide variety of language functions such as demanding explanations, making complaints, giving warning, etc.The activity used is a variation on the popular practice of speed dating.