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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue


Have you ever had your students use cellphones in the classroom for an activity?

Please let me know how. 

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I've used them as a dictation exercise for copying phone numbers.

I read a number, they type it into their phone. It was a competition of sorts.
Yes, I've done lessons on cell phone etiquette. Students loved it! First they have to text 5 friends in 5 minutes in English of course, extra points for texts in different countries. Then they watch the video WHAT WOULD YOU DO on cell phone etiquette and answer questions that you can find in the pdf file I uploaded. The file contains other lessons from the popular ABC show, you can find them on YouTube.

Wow..; more than I bargained for! Thanks for taking the time to share this.

I think I will try this today with my teachers class.

Anybody else have any ideas.
Have you seen our games? Basically, students decode text messages and then check with the real item in their book or on the board.

I also play a nice Cell Phone challenge game. Students race to unscramble a dialogue and when they do so - they also get the teacher's cell phone number. First to correctly unscramble, calls the teacher's cell at the front of the class and wins. This is a really cool and motivating lesson. Use my template and change for your number and your own dialogue. It's attached. The actual dialogue is located HERE.

The future of language instruction will be mobile learning and there are a few progressive boards of Ed (like in Melbourne Australia, already providing full language courses on the cell phone.
I've done a cellphone scavenger hunt where I came up with a list of things around the school in English, and the kids had to go around with their phones and photograph everything on the list. I suppose it might better be called a camera scavvenger hunt, but since every kid has a phone with a camera on it...
you can get a list of your students phone numbers and tell them to bring their phones to class. Then at a point in class, like after a phone conversation drill, turn on the phones and the teacher can call random students. You can likely use a land line to make a call.
It worked well for second grade. its a bit surprising to hear the student ( and probably teacher) on the other line
Yes! I've used Poll Everywhere with my students and have had them use their cellphones instead of the iClickers. The students loved the activities and seeing instant feedback projected on the screen in the front of the room. The problem I have is that most of my adult ESL students don't have smart phones.
Great Ideas, Guys!

Keep 'em coming!
I've done some research and this one keeps coming up. Sounds very nifty.
Has anyone from Korea used this one?
With low level elementary I found that it is fun for them to use their cell phones for simple role-play activities.
Great idea! Specifically, how would they use them?
With the little ones it's fun because they like to use them simply as props. I just find it gets them more engaged in the role play.

Another idea is to have someone set an alarm on their phone for a few minutes after the current time. Then it works as a sort of "hot potato". When I work with adults this is a really fun one! Choose a topic (ex. "What bothers you most about the opposite sex?") People start rambling (hopefully!) and pass the phone to the next person when they're done and keep it moving........ when the alarm goes off it's quite fun/funny/exciting.

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