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Motivating speaking activities for lower levels

Motivating speaking activities for lower levels
Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks. Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate ‘thinking time’ during which learners can prepare for speaking by planning what they are going to say, and asking the teacher or using a dictionary to look up missing vocabulary. The following activities are relatively short, with minimal materials preparation time for the teacher. They are designed for use as a warmer or a filler in the middle or at the end of a class. Definitions lists This activity is good for activating existing vocabulary or revising vocabulary studied in previous lessons. Procedure: Choose a vocabulary topic (this can be vocabulary you have recently studied or a topic you want to introduce). A faster moving, fun alternative to this activity is a team game. What were you doing...? Adjectives This is a variation on the above activity and is great for practising adjectives. Procedure: Related:  Speaking, pronunciation

The Cancer-Test Kid After a family friend died of pancreatic cancer, high school sophomore Jack Andraka invented a diagnostic strip that could detect the disease in its early stages. WHIZ KID: Jack Andraka’s tireless work in the Johns Hopkins University lab of pathologist Anirban Maitra paid off in the form of a $75,000 scholarship.COURTESY OF JACK ANDRAKAIn the spring of 2011, 15-year-old Jack Andraka had a lot on his mind. A close friend of the family, a man who was like an uncle to Andraka, had recently died of pancreatic cancer. Reading up on the disease, the then high school freshman discovered that around 85 percent of pancreatic cancers are diagnosed too late, when patients have less than a 2 percent chance of survival. The reason, Andraka learned, was that the best tools for early detection are both expensive and woefully inaccurate. “I was like, ‘There has to be a better way than this really crappy test,’” says Andraka, currently a sophomore at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Oral presentation Melissa: Hi, everyone! Today I would like to talk about how to become the most popular teen in school. Firstly, I think getting good academic results is the first factor to make you become popular since, having a good academic result, your teacher will award you in front of your schoolmates. Then, your schoolmates will know who you are and maybe they would like to get to know you because they want to learn something good from you. Secondly, I think participating in school clubs and student unions can help to make you become popular, since after participating in these school clubs or student union, people will know who you are and it can help you to make friends all around the school, no matter senior forms or junior forms. In conclusion, I think to become the most popular teen in school we need to have good academic results and also participate in school clubs and student union. Kelvin: Good evening, everyone! But, should the government make it illegal?

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Student presentations | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC Why I get students to do presentations Syllabus fit Planning a presentation lesson Aims Classroom Management Assessment Conclusion Why I get students to do presentationsPresentations are a great way to have students practise all language systems areas (vocabulary, grammar, discourse and phonology) and skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening). They also build confidence, and presenting is a skill that most people will need in the world of work. I find that students who are good presenters are better communicators all round, since they are able to structure and express their ideas clearly. Presentation skills are extremely useful both in and outside the classroom. Syllabus fit Normally the presentation will come towards the end of a lesson or series of lessons that focus on a particular language or skill area. Planning a presentation lessonNormally a presentation lesson will have an outline like this: Shy students cannot present alone Why are you making the presentation? And so on.

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Speaking aids Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood. Why use speaking aids Post-it notes Walls Coloured paper Small objects To control turn-taking As metaphors Conclusion Why use speaking aids In contrast, we often expect that our students have the right mood to speak without having anything that would help them to be in the right mood to speak, or any prompt that would help the flow of ideas. Post-it notes Post-it notes are great conversation starters. To practise the simple past e.g., get them to write a name, a date and a place that is important to them. Walls Walls of your classroom can be given meanings such as: Agree - disagree: Ask students to position themselves between the two walls to express their opinion on a statement e.g. Original idea by Karen Sekiguchi

dear The holiday maze There isn't one 'correct' answer - different groups find themselves going on different holidays - so you can use the activity several times with the same class. It is an excellent, fun way to practise the 'functional' language of agreement and disagreement, suggestion and negotiation, as well as specific language relating to holidays, in a genuinely 'communicative' activity. It can be used with any level from pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate and beyond. Maze activity 62k pdf Procedure Set the context for your students. Especially at lower levels, it can be a good idea to pre-teach vocabulary which you know the students will need for the activity. It can really help the flow of conversation if students are confident in using functional language. 'I think we should . . .' Emma Pathare

animal 12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact Courtney E. Martin hosts a session called “The 19th Minute,” and shared valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. Deborah Rhodes spoke about the momentum her TEDWomen talk has built for using Molecular Breast Imaging rather than traditional mammography to screen for breast cancer under certain conditions. After this, Martin shared some tips that she’s used as both a speaker and a coach. Be unapologetically you.

Tiger Effektiv återkoppling med YouTube - Robin Smith I det här inlägget vill jag dela med mig av ett försök att åstadkomma vad som stundtals känns som ett mirakel, nämligen att hantera min egen arbetsbörda och samtidigt erbjuda eleverna en återkoppling som får dem att växa. Grundtanken är enkel, den handlar om den gamla devisen show, don’t tell som är en god förutsättning för den aha-pedagogik jag skrev om i mitt förra inlägg. Upplägget fungerar tyvärr bara ihop med muntliga presentationer och för att det ska vara möjligt så behövs tillgång till en laptop (eller i alla fall en dator i klassrummet), en hyfsad webbkamera med mikrofon och en någorlunda stabil nätverksuppkoppling, vanliga men inte alls givna förutsättningar i dagens skola. Det underlättar även om alla elever har e-postadresser de kan använda för att skapa YouTube-konton med. När dessa förutsättningar väl är på plats så är det bara att rigga upp dator och webbkamera i klassrummet och sedan gå till YouTube. 1. Vad är helhetsintrycket av talet? 2. 3.