Dictation tape
I discovered a whole range of new activities that were enjoyable for students and really beneficial to the development of their speaking and listening skills. Yes, I did say speaking. The spoken element of the dictation doesn’t have to be done by the teacher, we can get the students to dictate the texts to each other. This simple change opens up a much wider range of possibilities.
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Socialisation is an important part of any learning experience. Many students enjoy coming to class to meet and make friends and find out about and share experiences with each other. This aspect of socialisation is often neglected in the remote classroom where students aren't having the kinds of shared physical experiences they have when they come to a school.
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Creating your own infographic tasks can be time-consuming though, so in this posting, I’m presenting a number of generic ideas that should work with a number of types of infographic.
Clouds
Just like the old version of Wordle, it creates wonderfully colourful word clouds based around any text or group of words that you give it. The size of the words is then determined by the number of time each word appears in the text.
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One thing that we could do to help change the mindset of students without trying to influence their beliefs and to defuse tensions that may materialize within our classrooms is to stop having classroom debates and start helping students understand how to engage in dialogue.
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One of the most useful questions in any language is ‘Why?’ It’s one of the fundamental metaphysical questions that we spend most of our lives wrestling with and one of the first question words we produce as our […]
Pecha Kucha (Japanese for chit-chat) is a presentation format that is based on using 20 presentation slides but only talking about each of them for 20 seconds. The format, which keeps presentations short and concise (each presentation should […]
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This text has been adapted from the chapter on conceptual models in my ebook – Digital Tools for Teachers – Trainers’ Edtition. It’s one of a number of models presented in the chapter that can be used to […]
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It always amazes me that despite being the world’s largest video library, YouTube is still blocked or banned in many educational institutions. As a resource for  learning about almost anything, but particularly for language learning it is an […]