Tasks For Teaching
TBLT (Task Based Language Teaching) is a valid approach and alternative to the traditional Prepare – Practice – Produce style lessons many teachers deliver.
Simply give students a task (preferably transferable to the real world) and let them “have a … Read More ....
Last Things First
One of the problems with teaching is that there is never enough time and things almost always take more time than we’ve planned for in our lessons.
So what happens is that the real important stuff, the activities, the “giving … Read More ....
Going To Pieces
Most enthusiastic language teachers “Go To Pieces”, meaning they literally use material that is in pieces and compels students to practice and communicate. At its heart, “pieces” is a way of teaching that puts communication at the core of language … Read More ....
Use a Timer! Get ticking!
Using a timer in class is really something that is invaluable and maybe even a MUST for a teacher.
Students need to know how long a task will take and a timer is a perfect way to let them know! … Read More ....
Guessing games are a standard way to play and practice/learn vocabulary.
Simply generate with the class your vocabulary list. It can be recent vocabulary from your book/lesson/unit.
Then, the teacher describes one thing/place/person on the board and students try to … Read More ....
Backdoor – a great teaching technique
Mr. Bean works well with this technique.
Get some great Mr. Bean videos here or here.
Backdoor is a technique where in pairs students sit back to back. One student watches the screen and describes the action. The teacher … Read More ....
Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)
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 … Read More ....
2 Way Tasks
2 Way Tasks are a staple of English Language Teaching.
In the typical 2 way task, each student (A and B) have some information and some information missing. they must communicate to fill in their missing information.
Stories – Predicting
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 … Read More ....
Personalized Lesson activities
This video presentation I made, has many recipes and ideas for teachers.
All the activities are basic EFL activities that help teachers personalize lesson content and allow students to talk and learn English through their own lives and experiences. This … Read More ....