Thursday, 10 May 2012

Space Bar

Once again, a video that I stumbled upon on the Vimeo website has helped provide some engaging (hopefully) focus on certain language points, words and their varied usage. 'Everynone' make and post wonderful videos that are definitely worth a watch. This video struck me as the words focussed on subtly change through the video, which I thought would be a fun and energetic activity for the learners to shout out the phrases and determine when the words/ideas change. There are only a few words in the video but the vocabulary and usage surrounding them provides much more in-depth focus and practise of numerous language points.


Introduce the Theme - Write 'run' on the board and ask the learners to provide different uses for the word. (runny nose, running late, gun runner etc.) This helps us to clarify that we are going to focus on different uses of certain words.

Vocabulary and Language focus - Using a slideshow get learners to elicit different uses of the words presented. I'm lucky to have smartboard software which allows me to slowly reveal words/phrases that the learners enjoy trying to guess. There are quite a few slides, so to avoid too much 'teacher talk time' encourage the learners to lead the activity, guess and reveal the words. Help with any pronunciation when needed. 

Video Viewing/Game/Review - Learners watch the video, shout out the different words/phrases as they appear. They should also shout out when the word focus changes in the video. Finally hand out the vocabulary list for further home-study.

Re:WORDS from Everynone on Vimeo.

This slideshow can be used/viewed in full-screen mode or downloaded as a PDF file

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Dapper Gents Inquire Within

By far one of the most enjoyable things about teaching English is finding/stumbling upon something amusing and/or interesting to exploit for language acquisition in the classroom. I immediately felt this video would be enjoyable for our learners and could provide focus on relevant language points related to job hunting, appearances and feelings involved when desperately trying to find work.

Stage 1 - Introduce the theme
Learners are asked to discuss in groups what their experiences are/have been in looking for work in the current financial climate and local area. Opinions and ideas are fed back to the class with some discussion.

Stage 2 - Vocabulary focus
Using a worksheet (provided below) students match new words with their definitions, for this activity learners are encouraged to use mobile devices/laptops/PCs in the classroom to search the Internet. Whilst many of our learners are aware of how to translate language on-line and seek info related to their studies, there's always a few that find this kind of activity very useful/enlightening. With this it is the intention to embed some ICT skills into the activity, enabling learners to better use available resources for self study. Answers are then fed-back and checked with the whole class with some pronunciation focus as necessary. 

Stage 3 - Video Viewing
First viewing - Prediction Activity. With the provided vocabulary list students are asked to predict what the following video might be about, ideas/answers are then fed back to the class.  
Second viewing - Extracting particular information with guided practise of the target language. Learners are set the task of finding answers/vocabulary in the second viewing of the video, answers fed back to the class.

Stage 4 - Free Practise of the target language.
Learners are set the task of writing 1 or 2 paragraphs about their own experiences in looking for work. Teacher circulates and helps when needed. Errors are noted to be used as a peer correction activity at the end of the class. Learners read each other's work, noting any vocabulary/ideas that they like and feed these back to the class.

Final Stage - Consolidation 
Noted errors are presented on the board and the class works together to make corrections. Review what we've covered in the class and discuss likes/dislikes and new ideas/vocabulary.

Lesson Worksheets