This post looks at how to improve tone identification using a vocabulary spectrum. Identifying Tone Tone Spectrum
This post outlines ideas for incorporating meaningful writing, speaking and reading activities into the one unit on personal recounts. Writing personal recounts Destiny Opening Chart Destiny Dialogue rules Exotic Rissole Formative Task Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Planning And Completing Final Assessment Task Planning document Sticks and Stones and Such-like
‘It Says, I Say’ is a simple reading comprehension strategy in which students verbally summarise points from a written piece and respond with an opinion. In this example of the process, students read through an interesting news report about the plans of Indonesian authorities to offer prizes for tourists catching the crocodiles which are infesting […]
This is a version of a previously posted lesson idea called ‘Spelling Spree’. In this version of the spelling activity, students’ spelling knowledge is re-inforced by having to complete the task verbally instead of in writing. Spelling Spree (Verbal)
This is a speaking and listening task where students verbally build upon simple ‘is’ statements to create longer, better worded or evidence based statements. It’s particularly good for more able students. Extend-Connect-Refine-New Topic copy (chart) Extend-Connect-Refine-New Topic (lesson) Numbers Copy
This lesson outlines a process where students are each given a different handout on the same topic. Students summarise the articles to each other to practise their reading comprehension skills. Reciprocal summarisation Turkey article Inky the octopus legs it from New Zealand aquarium, becomes famous around the world
This lesson idea looks at two different, but related, processes for allowing students to explore the meaning of key vocabulary terms in context by moving around the classroom and talking with other students. Vocabulary talk and swap Symbols
This lesson ideas explains a procedure which can be employed in the classroom to get students sharing their comments about a topic with each and building upon the comments of others. Sharing And Listening To Comments Sharing Comments
‘Total Participation Discussion Techniques’ are ways of getting all students talking and listening to each other in our English classrooms. Explained in this post are a range of simple strategies that can be used at any secondary level. Total Participation Discussion Techniques
This lesson idea looks at the oft repeated – but practically useless – phrase ‘any questions?’ This prompt rarely elicits responses from students. But one or two simple modifications can made big changes to how your students engage in topics being discussed. Any Questions?
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