I decided to focus on 4 "categories" of questions or prompts so that I could easily differentiate for students of varying ability levels AND continue to push all students to increase their fluency by gradually increasing the difficulty of the questions and prompts.
Here are some examples from a larger set of prompts dealing with the topic of School:
Category A Prompts - Yes/No and Either/Or Questions
Whether you decide to create your own prompts or you want to check out the sets I have already created, here are some ideas of how to use speaking prompts with your students:
1. Have students work in pairs or small groups and have a conversation in Spanish based on a series of prompts.
2. Have one student play the role of a celebrity or other famous person while the students ask the prompted questions during a mock celebrity interview.
3. Invite a guest speaker or native speaking student to your classroom and have students select questions from the prompts to ask during a Q&A session.
4. Have students write their own prompts or variations of the existing prompts on blank note cards.
5. Pull 3 questions at the beginning of class each day and answer them as a model for your students. Have the students write down what they learned about you in English to demonstrate their understanding.
6. Pull 1 prompt from each category for a challenging oral proficiency assessment on the unit
7. Have students develop conversations or role plays based on situational prompts
8. When you have extra time at the end of class or need to get kids focused, pull a few questions and ask away!
9. Show a prompt at the end of class and use it as an exit ticket activity.
10. Put students in groups and give them a set of prompts. You respond to any one of the questions in Spanish and they have to guess which one you are responding to based on your answer.
If you want to save yourself some work and time, check out the speaking prompts that I have already developed. There are over 40 prompts to choose from for each topic as well as a discounted set of all of them!