Recipes Tagged ‘listening

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 […]

This is a very easy activity.  Easy to prepare and easy to do.  Howvever, it is very efficient to evaluate sts listening skills and to get some creativity in the listening area in your class.  I actually modified it from another activity I read in this site posted by David. Objective:  To evaluate sts listening […]

This is a ridiculously effective listening lesson for low to mid-range students.  3rd grade upper level middle school tends to buck against it though some of them enjoy it.  May be too easy for them.  The two youtube clips are below. Clear the desks.  All of them.  Make sure the whole room is nothing but […]

I use this game with my students to check spelling of vocabulary introduced in the previous lesson. Divide class in two teams, A and B. Divide the board in the middle. Mark each side of the board for each team.   On each side of the board draw:   a river with stepping stones for […]

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.   […]

Exposing students to a wide range of accents of both native and second language speakers is a recipe that must be cooked up for intermediate and advanced learners. One great place for this would be The Speech Accent Archive . There you can choose mp3 samples from speakers all over the world. They all read […]

This is an excellent activity for students to gain awareness of pragmatical competency and pronunciation problems they may have. In pairs, students silently “mouth” very slowly, the questions from a handout. Simple questions. Go here for many lists – use the simple ones like “Favorites” or “Getting to know you”.   The other student responds with […]

This is a fun lesson. Lily is an amazing child and your students will be fascinated. 1. Choose a student and get the student standing at the front of the class. Place a map of the world at the front of the class. 2. Show the video of Lily. When she is asked to find […]

This is a variation of the famous “Telephone” game.  Write a word on a slip of paper and show it to a student. This student must whisper it to the second student. Then the second student must draw a picture of what he or she heard, and show it to the third student. The third […]

1. Get all the students to sit in chairs in a circle except one person who does not have a chair. This person stands in the middle of the circle. 2. The person in the middle calls out one instruction. eg, “Change if you are wearing a green shirt.” 3. All the people wearing a white shirt […]


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