** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.
Inside - Outside
I've seen classrooms literally transformed when teachers start using this technique in their classrooms!
What it does, is allow students to work with others in the class that they might never have a chance to. It is egalitarian and quick paced. Students love it and learn from it.
What is it?
Basically, put students into two circles - one inside, one outside. However, most classrooms don't have the room for this , so I just get students in two lines. On the "bell" of signal from the teacher, students practice with the partner facing them. It can be homework, an exercise from the textbook, a dialog, a survey question, an interview - almost anything you'd normally do traditionally at a boring desk.
On the next signal, one line/circle rotates and then continues to practice with a new partner. Keep rotating as needed and enjoy your coffee!
It really is a special "communicative" technique perfect for language learning/teaching. Kagan - the guru of collaborative learning really divined a good one when he started promoting this!
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