BusyTeacher.org YouTube, as well as websites such as wikihow.com, instructables.com, and soyouwanna.com, have an incredible assortment of guides on how to do almost anything, from cutting up onions to making paper airplanes. In this article, I’m going to explain how to adapt a video tutorial into a listening lesson for your ESL/EFL classes. How-to videos contain a number of features which makes them perfect for exploitation in the ESL/EFL classroom: authentic English with natural pronunciation content that relates to everyday life a wide range of topics that can be used images and (in some cases) titles and subtitles which make the meaning clearer the pleasure of learning a useful skill and new English vocabulary at the same time The following sections will guide you through several steps of planning for using a how-to video in class.
Lesson plans Functional language Mind-mapping social encounters – a generic lesson plan (shortlisted for Teaching English British Council Blog of the Month award). [worksheet] Listing advantages and disadvantages (A2). A lesson, focused on character description, using an excellent app I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description. For my starting point, I used the short film, ‘Junk’. You can find the video below (thank you to The Literacy Shed for finding this great resource): Next, I asked the students to describe the character Jasper to their talk partners. After this, I handed out a silhouette which I had sketched of Jasper, and the pupils had to put sentences about his appearance on the outside and personality on the inside (see below for an example).
Pronunciation priorities Uh-oh! Here comes a ‘Teacher Pete thinking something through out loud’ moment. Tut. I hate these… Playing with PlayPhrase - Anthony Teacher.com When I first learned of PlayPhrase several years ago, I was quite excited about its pedagogic potential, even though I didn’t know exactly what that potential was. I just knew that the site must be useful. PlayPhrase is a kind of pseudo-corpus that allows one to search for words or phrases and then hear/read/see those phrases in short sentences taken from movies and TV shows. It allows you to hear how these words and phrases sound in all their screamed or whispered, connected, unstressed, authentic glory.
The 25 best icebreaker questions for team-building at work If you winced at the word, “icebreaker,” I don’t blame you. Get-to-know-you questions and games tend to feel cheesy. We’ve all been victim to a terribly trite icebreaker with coworkers that made us roll our eyes. I know I have. However reluctantly, you may have realized that you need to break the ice at work. Sense of progress 9.5 of 10: vox pop results Ok, I’ve cheated a bit: the Hofstadter’s Law is affecting not only the time I need for the Sense of Progress series, but also the number of posts! Apparently, this is not the last one. I have had ten respondents on social media so far (thank you all!): not exactly ‘big data’, but very interesting results nonetheless. So: when we think about our own progress, most people look back and try to compare their present achievements with the past. Making lists of tasks and crossing them out is the most popular tool.
Get Debating Description Get Debating is a new series of classroom worksheets focusing on debating techniques, structuring effective arguments and finding suitable topics for debate. The pack consists of four worksheets that students can use in the classroom, as well as a glossary of debating terms and accompanying teachers' notes. The four worksheets are: Debater’s Checklist - A step by step checklist to get students ready for debate. Moderator's Guide - A guide for students to use to manage the tricky task of running a debate.In your School - Helps students find issues for debate in school and encourages them to survey their peers to decide which issues to prioritise.In the News Now - Helps students to identify current new stories and topics suitable for debate. Fun discussion of controversial topics - the 'Tap-In Debate' Basically, you need a controversial topic to start. Once you have established a controversial topic, divide your students into two groups; those who agree with the statement and those who disagree. They now prepare their arguments. Once you have done this, arrange your chairs so that there are two hot seats facing each other and then place chairs behind each of the two hot seats (enough for all of your students).
Language learning habits: how to achieve more by trying less Imagine a man who does 70 push-ups a day. What kind of person comes to mind? An intense overachiever with willpower as strong as his biceps? A tanned guy with an intellect as small as his Speedos? Working with Long Videos - Anthony Teacher.com Recently on Twitter there was a nice little thread prompted by Kamila Linková, asking for suggestions on what to do with a long (10 minute) video: And there were a flurry of responses – so many that she wrote this great post entitled “101 Ways to Use a Long Video in the Classroom.” Last term, long lectures were the staple of my content-based US history/advanced speaking and listening course.