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
Bingo is a common classroom game especially in the language classroom. However, it is often a time waster (IMHO) and not very communicative at all. Best to make it whole language and functional - about communicating some meaning/idea.…
Buzzword Bingo is a "game" that works well for lectures or presentations but equally can be adapted by the well prepared classroom teacher.
It's a simple concept. Each student gets a card with prepared words in a Bingo grid. As the lesson proceeds, students have to listen carefully and when they hear a Buzzword, cross it out on their card. The first student to…
My own books is a fantastic site for fostering reading skills and thus, English language acquisition. It was created by member Anne Pemberton, a retired Special Ed. teacher and she has done a marvelous… Continue
To make a
lesson interesting ,using visuals are very important.It is pictures
which come to our minds firstly as we are talking about
visuals.Personally, I use funny cliparts in my lessons ;For example,I
prepare a quiz and I put some funny pictures on the quiz paper to
motivate my students.Sometimes I use them in games like bingo or I try
to make my students speak about the pictures and more ...I have found a
few free clipart websites.…Continue
Continuing on with the series of Top 5 games posts - today, I'm offering up the top games I've created. Games not based on any other concept but what I've thought up.
I got into making my own games simply because I saw so much "possibility". A way for me to be creative in the classroom and prime my own teacher development. There is a lot that goes into making a great game;
Mention cell phones to teachers and "usually" you will get a groan and see their eyes roll. You are looking for trouble!
However, many teachers are realizing that the best way to fight something is not to oppose it but rather to harness its own energy and convert that energy into learning (kind of like what judo is all about...).
Cell phones can ignite student interest and they are an amazingly powerful tool, right in the… Continue
I've been out of the NSET scene for a bit. In fact, I am back in America trying to get a job teaching English to English speakers (wowsers). But I figured I should drop off the last of my lessons that I never put in a post. Who knows? someone might need one someday.
Today I launched Project Peace, a collaborative project where classrooms from all over the world can share peace videos of themselves. Watch the example videos there and download the songs/lyric cards and take pictures of your students. Put them together with the music and bingo! - you have a peace video. I'll be adding up lots of resources for classroom teachers to access for teaching peace.
I know I'll take a lot of flak for this and I know it isn't the standard way to go when talking about "teaching" (the standard approach being to talk about what is "good" teaching), however, during my years of helping teachers, I've come upon some warning signs that set off alarm bells and signal A) the teacher really isn't fit for teaching B) the teacher has potential but really needs some "basic training".
Our profession is unusual. We are experts (us native… Continue
I've always been a "constructivist", meaning that I believe especially with language, students "construct" knowledge and are active participants in the creation of what they know. They don't just swallow and file away ideas but learn through their own filter, culture, personal world as they construct from their own foundation of "knowing".
I'm working on developing our own tag clouds for the tagged content here. It will be super when it comes available and here is just a preview! This is for the Video content but hopefully at the end of the process, all content will be also in one SUPER CLOUD.…Continue