If you are also about to finish the school year and need something else other than your course material, quotes are always good for wonderful activities.
What can you do with them?
1. Write some of them on pieces of paper and stick to the walls and do wall dictation.
2. Jumble some of them and ask them to unjumble.
3. Play hang man or charades.
4. Ask them to choose one and illustrate it and prepare a poster.
5. Ask them to create a slideshow, using moviemaker, animoto, photopeach, bookr.
6. Tell them to create word clouds.
7. Brainstorm ideas and ask them to write stories in groups.
8. Let them create glogsters.
9. Don’t forget to discuss them.
10. Ask them to choose a favourite and give reasons.
Some quotes to begin with
We become ourselves through others. Lev Vygotsky
Hope is good breakfast but it is bad supper. Francis Bacon
Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand but we must build as if the sand were stone. Jorge Luis Borges
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Confucius
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Einstein
Some people should start up ideas and other ones should carry them out. Jimmy Hendrix
A teacher can but lead you to the door, Learning is up to you. Chinese Proverb
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Quotes can be handy indeed, although you need to sometimes explain the meaning behind them or contextualize them or even teach key words because sometimes the idea goes over the head of the group. Careful selection of the quotes is a must.
You are right, when carefully chosen they are great in EFL classroom. As you said they are also great for vocab teaching. Thanks for the comment.
This is a super idea – I really love it – sorry I’ve not much more to say than what a great tip it is, but it is!
thanks for posting the links at Juan Uribe’s blog Eva. I am going to explore your suggestions for sure.
I’ll let you know how it goes.