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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Drop Everything And Read celebrates the power of SSR (sustained silent reading). Our students can acquire powerful amounts of vocabulary and lexical/linguistic knowledge by learning language within the context of a story/book. Stephen Krashen is one of ELT’s biggest advocates of “The Power of Reading” and he advocates we get our students reading lots of […]
Stories are great in the classroom. A good narrative, really provides ideal context to learn language, even better if they have pictures. The best and easiest way to “teach” a story is to tell it through prediction. Get the students in a comfortable area if possible and read them the book, showing the pictures. […]
Retelling is a powerful way for students to learn language. They retell in their own words and using the context of “the story”, acquire language. 1. Photocopy these stories (I like to use funny stories with a punchline but you could use any stories, folktales work well too) and give one to a student (one […]
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