Big circle standing or sitting - all desks against the wall

Square horseshoe with all desks (and pairwork)

Concentric circles is one of the best physical classroom techniques for getting your beginners to talk. In concentric circles the children keep meeting different class-mates and are therefore happy to say the same thing several times.

Explanation: Each child is facing a partner. First, the children say their sentences. Then the all outside circle children move round one place to their right and say the sentence again. Then they move to another place to their right and say their sentences again.