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Experimenting with English (Part 2) – Activities for learners to do outside the classroom [26 and counting!]

Experimenting with English (Part 2) – Activities for learners to do outside the classroom [26 and counting!]
In my blog post Experimenting with English: scaffolding learner autonomy, I discussed how I approached helping my learners to use English outside the classroom, drawing on learner autonomy theory and methodology (e.g. Benson, 2011; Oxford, 2003; Smith 2003). Central to that project, alongside the very important element of discussion, was a handout I created for my learners. Here is a screenshot of a sample page, taken from the listening section: Sample page from my Experimenting with English activities handout, listening section. As you can see, the handout consists of a series of activities for learners to try, with space for them to record when they tried it and what they thought of it. In my experience, as I mentioned in the Experimenting with English blog post, simply giving the learners this handout is insufficient. Of course, my learners are busy people and the time they have for out-of-class study is limited. Here are the handouts: This one is for learners who use Edmodo Like this:

http://reflectiveteachingreflectivelearning.com/2014/04/21/experimenting-with-english-part-2-activities-for-learners-to-do-outside-the-classroom/

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