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Dictagloss is an activity that works with many short texts/passages. I’ve used it over the years and it seems to motivate and “work” because there is a built in task — the task of reconstructing the original text. 1.Let students listen to you or a higher level student read a selected text or story. (don’t […]

# 96 Running Dictation This activity can be used with any level – just use an appropriate text. It is great for introducing a text that you will study in depth through intensive reading. Or it can also be used to finish off a lesson/unit and review the text again… Basically, you have to do […]

I got this one from EFL Classroom 2.0. There is a ppt you can use to do dialogues which is cool.    Disappearing dialogues is a very much used language teaching technique 1. Elicit and write the dialogue. Or use a prepared dialogue. 2. Students practice in pairs.   3. Once they are comfortable with […]

A great way to start a class concentrating on the simple past. I usually engage everyone in a friendly chat, just to get them ready for the start of the lesson, then, when I know they are concentrated on me, I walk out of the classroom. Seconds later (after the chatter has died down a […]

Extensive Reading: Voice Diary This recipe works best if you combine it with Extensive Reading. It builds confidence and teaches reading, speaking, and listeningEncourage your students to make a voice diary with their cell phones. Its listed under the “Voice Memo” Feature. First you need to provide a high interest story to your students. 1.   […]

First, hand out a list of sixteen homophone pairs to your students, such as tale and tail, night and knight, ect. These lists can be readily found online or you can make your own. You might need to take some time to explain or review the meanings of words on the list. Next, give each […]

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      The Society for Technical Communication’s award-winning  Technical Literacy Project adapts many real-world science instructions and descriptions for use in high-school science classes.  These cases gradually build student writing skills by revising, correcting, or expanding scaffolded, sequenced text samples adapted from practical materials outside the classroom.   Such structured technical-writing practice is especially  […]

This is an excellent writing exercise, getting students to increase the length of their sentences and beginning to use clauses. Write a simple sentence on the board. Students copy it. Ex. The dog ran.  Ask the students questions and the students after each question must rewrite the sentence, answering the question. Ex. Where? The dog […]

I really think it great when a teacher gets the students interested in the world and what’s happening there. You can use the newspaper in many ways but one easy way is to ask a student each day to begin class by reporting 3 things from the news. A new student each day. Ask questions […]

It isn’t easy to learn so many names so fast! Here are some tips for remembering student names ( a must because when you use a student’s name, studies show they learn better/quicker! just by hearing their name!) 1.  For the first month use name tags/name cards. Make them decorative. Here are some really neat […]


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