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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.

Would you like to join me? Please RT this post and drop me a line here.

BEAUTY

 

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Beauty

is a fat black woman

walking the fields

pressing a breezed

hibiscus

to her cheek

while the sun lights up

her feet

 

Beauty

is a fat black woman

riding the waves

drifting in happy oblivion

while the sea turns back

to hug her shape

Grace Nicholls

Since Jeremy Harmer read this poem at Istek-elt this year, I have been searching for it. I knew I had it somewhere in my files and at last I found it.

I love this poem for many reasons.

So here is a sample lesson plan but I’ll be glad to hear ideas from you.

  1. Ask students to finish the statement ‘Beauty is —–‘
  2. Write all the words on the board and prepare a word cloud.
  3. As Jeremy Harmer suggested do wall dictation dividing the class into teams.
  4. Ask students to read the poem and discuss the followings.
  • ‘Beauty is in the eye of beholder’
  • fashion, idols, same kind of people everywhere.
  • first impressions
  • physical differences and bullies
  • Is it really important to be beautiful?Why?

5. The poem is great for practising participles and time clauses. Write      the  skeleton of the poem on the board and ask them to write their own poems

Beauty is a/an+adj+noun

Going somewhere

Doing something

While something else is happening

I really want to use this poem next year in one of my lessons. And here is mine

Beauty

is a little angle

running in the school yard

in her strawberry cake coat

playing with her friends cheerfully

while my eyes watch

thinking how beautiful she is

 

Beauty

is a little girl

wearing thick glasses

admiring her friends

running in the yard

while her mum watches her

thinking how beautiful she is.

Improvising in the EFL classroom

 

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From time to time, I do this fun activity with my students and we have fun and laughter in the class.

On slips of papers write some sentences. (or tell your students to write a suggestion, regret, wish, advise, exclamation, etc)

Put the slips of papers in an envelope.

Prepare index cards. On each card, write situations and 2 characters involved in the situations.

Put the situations in an other envelope.

Ask 2 volunteers to stand up and come infront of the class, choose 3 slips of papers and a situation and tell them to start the conversation according to the instructions written on the situation card.

So each student will have 3 slips of papers and a situation card.

So you will have something like these:

What a great voice!

I wish I hadn’t eaten all the chocolate cake.

Shall I cook the meat now?

Student A

You are in the principals room with your mother and waiting for the principal to come. She asked your mother to come to school to talk about a matter. Your mum is angry and you are worried. You try to convince your mum that you haven’t done anything wrong.

Student B

You are in the principals room with your daughter or son because the principal asked you to come. You think s/he did something wrong and you are angry. S/he says s/he hasn’t done anything wrong

Tell them you will call their names and when they hear their names they have to insert the sentence on the slip of paper into the dialogue.

Continue until they use their 6 slips of papers.

This is a great filler, energizer, warm up. If they are enthused and want to participate you can even dedicate that one lesson to it. It is a great fluency practice.

Laughter is guarantied 🙂

Pre and Post Activities

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Why do we use pre activities before a reading text or a speaking topic?

1. to raise learners’ awareness

2. to wake them up

3. to generate ideas

4. to learn the necessary vocabulary that may appear in the text or conversation

5. to stimulate discussion

Why do we use post activities after the reading text or the writing task or even after the grammar practice?

1. to practise

2. to create content

3. to develop accuracy and fluency

4. to develop self-confidence

5. to feel more resonsible for their own learning

Can you please help and add more? I need some brainstorming.

And the Oscars go…

 

oscarsIn my month themes I wrote I’d like to do something related with the Oscars as we all know the nominees now. Today I assigned my students to prepare small talks on it.

For these short presentations my students will have 3 minutes to talk. I prepare a rubric to mark their presentations too. They like the idea of small talks and by doing them they improved their speaking skills and they are better at presenting their ideas now. Although they make mistakes while speaking, they are more fluent now. In the class I have really creative students so this is another challenge for the rest. They also use their creativity to surprise me and their friends.

Their small talk topic is Oscars as I mentioned above and these are my suggestions for what they can prepare.

1. Conduct a survey in the school and find out who do your friends think will get the awards this year in the following cathegories: Best actor/ Best actress/ Best Director/ Best film

2. Find out the nominated songs and present them in an interesting way.

3. Choose your own winners and give your reasons.

4. You are free to prepare something else on this very cool topic.

5. Choose one of the movies that was nominated and create your own poster for it and talk about it.

6. Choose one of the nominated movies and give information about its plot, setting, etc.

The deadline is February, 26th and I hope I’ll be able to share their presentations with you.

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