Last week we revised modals with my year 12 students and after doing a lot of exercises, tests, etc ( they are studying for the university entrancre exam and they will take the language exam so they need to master the grammar and the skills as well) I realised they still got confused as most of the modals would be translated into Turkish as the same way. To make them focus on the meaning, I prepared some paraphrasing exercises and at the bottom of the page I decided to add a quotation to motivate studying and I started to search for a good one but found too many. Then I decided to prepare a gap fill exercise with these quotations omitting the modal verbs.
Finally in the class after doing the exercise we talked about some of the quotes, the ones they liked, etc. As a follow up I wanted them to choose one of them and reflect on it writing a 120-140 word article. I still didn’t get their articles and don’t know what I will recieve but the activity can be fun if your students like talking and discussing together.
Another activity I preparedwith quotes but haven’t used yet is
Find some quotes about any topic you want to discuss
Create a wordle
In groups ask your students to put the words into correct order to find out the quote.
Discuss them together
Ask them to write something on them
Tell them to create a poster using bighugelabs or another tool.
I think the life Steve Jobs led, his achievements, his dreams, his talks and the gadgets he revolutionised and presented us will teach many lessons to the teenagers. They have a long life with dreams and opportunites so I decided to take this article to class tomorrow and prepared a lesson on it.
You can also check the followings to inspire your kids in the class.
I’m thinking about a new challenge. This year thanks to twitter and my PLN, I and my students experienced wonderful things. We had global projects and skype chats now I’m thinking to move it one step further.
Sometimes we organise debates in the class. I thought maybe we could do it using skype but then I realised we would need judges and a winner team so I gave up with this idea. Now I’m thinking to find classes for my classes to discuss a given topic.
They can read and research and then we can talk about it. 5 students for each class, a student can have maximum 90 seconds. Student As sit face to face, one of them speaks and then the other. Then they leave the seats to student Bs.At the end of each session each class writes a report and prepares a post activity on the topic using one of the web 2.0 tools.
I know we have a curriculum but may be we can arrange a discussion at the beginning of each month. This can give them a chance to chat with other teenagers and I strongly belive that these types of activities will boost their confidence.
My students will be grade 10,11 and 12. They are intermediate to upper-intermediate. Let’s think about the topics before September.
We can start a wiki and add the recordings and explanations there.
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