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15

Nov'18

Participation Stations

This activity structure is a great way to get all students in your class engaged and working, even the shy ones. I piloted it in my class today, and my students enjoyed it. I used it for a post-reading activity, but it could also work well for other topics as well.

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16

Oct'18

Review Grid

This evening at the beginning of class, I wrote a grid on the whiteboard. I asked students to write two …

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27

Dec'17

Travel Talking Chart: Simple Present

This talking chart goes nicely with the last post of travel destination cards. It will get students to talk about places in the world where they want to visit. It gets students to practice the question "Where do you want to visit?" though it could be easily modified to practice modals with the question "Where would you like to go?" 

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02

Oct'17

Portraits

Pictures are essential in the language classroom. They're interesting, they spark discussion, they provide a purpose for tasks, and they relate to people. They can be used in so many different ways. Having a bank of pictures on hand is as essential to a language teacher as a painter having a paintbrush. 

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19

Sep'17

Which One – Ask and Switch

This activity consists of 20 pages, each with four pictures of a particular category. On the top is written a question using which. For example, "Which hat do you like best?" This handout is great for various discussion activities to get students chatting and practicing the superlative.

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26

Feb'17

Present Perfect Bingo

Present perfect bingo is a great way to practice question in the present perfect and also the idea that it's unfinished time; the questions ask about life experiences, and obviously, their lives are unfinished.

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25

Feb'17

Find Someone Who Bingo

This activity gets students up and talking to each other and learning about their classmates in the process.

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25

Feb'17

Color Cards Discussion

Whether it's a discussion about a book students are reading in class or a first week community building activity, these cards are great.

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25

Feb'17

Friendship Quilt

At the start of every semester, we all face the task of finding ways to get our students comfortable and connected. One activity that I've used is the friendship quilt discussion where students ask four classmates four questions to get to know them better.

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24

Feb'17

Simple Present Morning Routines

This activity gives students a chance to prepare for the discussion by writing down their answers in advance, and then it allows students to walk around and talk to their classmates.

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23

Feb'17

Picture Collage

I love using pictures in my classes. They can be interesting, engaging, and also give students a starting place for talking. One great way to use pictures in your classroom is to use a picture collage.

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