June 2013 archive

Some Cool Summer School Ideas

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It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and most of us have started our summer holidays. Yet some of spend their holidays working in the summer schools or summer camps. Here you can find some activities that may help you

Need Energy

Asking Questions, some fun activities

Games, Fillers, Warm-ups

Quick Fillers

Fun Writing Activities

Old Techniques Revisited

Motivating Learners with Fun Activities

Songs in EFL Classroom

Using Infographics in Language Classroom

Wikipedia defines Information graphics or infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They are great for today’s visual learners.

How can infographics be used in language classes?

Both teachers and students can create it

  • To introduce the writer of a novel or a story.
  • To talk about the era in which the story takes place.
  • To talk about the story or the novel highlighting the important events.
  • To talk about a character’s decision in a story or a novel.
  • To talk about movies.
  • To present a topic.
  • To preteach or teach a new subject.
  • To revise words, prefixes or suffixes.
  • To teach passives. (processing) first cows are milked. Then they are sent to …

I think we can make the list longer according to our needs. Before you start creating the infographic

  • Choose your template
  • Research
  • Choose the relevant information to use in the infographic
  • Use short simple sentences

Some cool infographics on mashables pinterest board for you to follow or get inspiration. 

I’ve just come across with easel.ly a site where you can create an infographic. It is quite easy to use the tool. All you have to do is to sign up, chose vhemes (visual themes), drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas and then create your infographic using the available tools on the site. Once you save the infographic, you can embed it on a blog or download it on your computer.

Here is a very quick example I created.

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Thank You, another song lesson

 

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I used this song  with my students last year.

I combined some of the activities from here and added some follow-up writing activities.

1.First I asked my students who we thank in our lives. I wrote some phrases on the board to help them to express themselves. I gave them post-it notes and I divided them into groups I told them they have to thank the friends in their groups. I  elicited the sentence and wrote some examples on the board “Thank you X for being very helpful” I also told them that they have to say a different THANK YOU to each of their friends. I put all the thank you post-it notes on the walls.

2. Then I asked them to list what the following words and phrases bring into their mind.

morning

tea

rain

bills

being late for work

home

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3. I told my students to guess what the song we were going to listen be about using the words and phrases from exercise 1 and 2 write what the song we are going to listen will be about.

Then we listened to Dido’s Thank You and filled in the gaps on their handouts.

I also assigned them with a few follow-ups.

4. Understanding the song:

  • What kind of a day did she experience?
  • Why isn’t she unhappy?
  • How would she have felt in the song, if she didn’t have someone supportive in her life?

5. writing:

Change the song into a thank you letter. You may want to begin as below

Dear …..

You are sleeping now and I’m watching you. I know we couldn’t speak tonight as I was very tired but I want to thank you because —–

BTW I got really interesting letters written to their mothers 🙂

6. narrative:

This song can also be used for revising narrative tenses or writing a narrative. After listening to the song you can ask your students to write ‘an unlucky day in the life of ——-‘ or you can tell your students to write a story of a day based on the song.

Grade 11 SD Thank You notes.

Grade 12 follow ups

An animation

GoAnimate.com: Thank+you by anoosheeg_L

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

a summary and a thank you with good old power point

Thank You by Dido from Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Call for Songs for the 33rd ELT Carnival

You are kindly invited to the next ELL, ESL, ELT carnival. The theme of the 33rd carnival will be Songs in ELT Classrooms. 

If you want to participate, you can use the easy submission form and send me your blog list or you can contact me from here or twitter (I’m @evab2001) if the form doesn’t work.

If you don’t blog, you can still participate. I’ll be glad to host your song lesson posts on my blog.

 

Here you can find some cool ideas for new lessons.

A great summary of #ELTchat about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching, on Jan 12th via Vicky Saumel

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 1 of 4): Background readings and resources

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 2 of 4): Ideas for using songs

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 4 of 4): Music-related web 2.0 tools

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nik-peachey/6-activities-you-can-do-online-songs-music 

http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2010/12/31/tesol-teacher-training-presentations/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_nPUuPryCs 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Folk-DC-Digital-Childrens-Folksongs-for-Language-and-Cultural-Learning/181031155249040 

http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/quizzes-for-eflesl-students.html

http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/learn-english-with-christmas-songs.html

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Tefl.net

Music in the English Language Classroom

David Deubelbeiss posted The 32nd ELT Blog Carnival!

You can check out all previous editions here….

 

Padlet, an old friend with new features

I want to share some features of Padlet or with its former name wallwisher. Padlet is an online noticeboard. They say

“We give you a blank wall.

You put anything you want on it, anywhere.

Simple, yet powerful”

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All you have to do is to sign up if you don’t have an account and start creating your wall. I really love the idea of keeping it as a pdf file and printing the wall for the displaying on the real classroom walls.

 

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Some links for ideas:

 

Wallwisher in the Classroom

Fantastic ways to use wallwisher in the classroom

Using Wallwisher in the Classroom. Especially don’t miss Tom Barrett’s slideshow.

Wallwisher – 105 Classroom ideas on Sean Banville’s blog  

How to use Padlet.com in the classroom on The padlet/wallwisher blog 

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