I'd better publish this one today, before Scotland votes "yes" and the Union Jack disappears for ever…
If you've got learners doing things like digital storytelling or project work or groupwork of any kind, it's so important (and so difficult, at times!) to get them to speak English.
Here's an idea a friend and ex-colleague, Rachel, has been trying out at her school in France, which seems to have worked well.
The learners (mostly 12 to 16) made themselves Union Jacks, which one in 3 has to wear, but are only allowed to continue to wear so long as they continue to speak English. If they speak French, their badges are unceremoniously taken off them by their classmates (and, yes, some of them deliberately try to trick the "Brits" into saying things in French!).
Whatever group work continues, but we get both a "winner" — the last Brit standing — and a record, which I believe is currently somewhere in excess of 24 hours (!!!) without speaking a word of French.
They started off using post-its, but a convenient box of unused conference badges (see photo, above) has turned out to be much more durable.
Try it, it's fun… or if you have other, better ideas, do leave them in the comments!