I'm pleased to announce a new page on 'Teacher Greg's Education Home'.
The motivation for it came from my desire to engage the many colleagues with whom I work, in a conversation about ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course of Study) and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) programs and how they operate at my institution. Like many workplaces, the pressures of just keeping on top of the teaching have meant that opportunities for genuine discussion, sharing and reflection have become rare, formal meetings have become ineffectual, and inefficiencies have naturally arisen as a result.
'TESOL forums' will be a chance to recover lost ground, to re-ignite the discussion, and to move forward in more practical ways. It will take some effort to 'sell' the idea and overcome the hesitation of others, but I'm taking the first steps while hoping this will lead them to continue the conversation.
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. -Joan Wallach Scott
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson
Are you looking for some useful resources for teaching elementary school EFL/ESL students?
Perhaps you want to know how to use Interactive Whiteboards or just need some resources for them?
Well, I have what you need - and FREE!
On the "Teach" link go to "Teaching Help" and you will find both.
Under EFL/ESL elementary resources I've listed the best 65 sites for:
video, stories, reading, e-books, music & song, activities, games, writing, lesson plans, vocabulary, spelling, dictionaries, quizzes & puzzles, speaking & pronunciation, phonics & ABCs, community sharing, rhymes, colouring, animation & cartoons, test writing, printables, flashcards, presentations, screen-casting, brainstorming, audio & sounds, collaboration, stickies, podcasts, posters, search tools and a complete LMS (learning management system). Many are also suited to interactive whiteboards.
Under IWB/Smartboard resources I've listed the best 48 sites for:
training & tutorials in mastering smartboards, games, lesson plans, presentations, activities, spelling, reading, comics, worksheets, phonics and writing. The training sites have videos that will step you through everything you need to know to use IWB's effectively in class.
I published the following post on Jason Renshaw's English Raven site today:
Here's my rough-and-ready list of potential pronunciation activities. Some may require further explanation, but many will be familiar with them or be able to figure out what to do.
These and other activities for ELL (mainly at elementary school level) can be found on my website (under Teaching - Ideas). Good luck, Greg.
* playing a memory game to review language items
* spot the difference
* tongue twisters
* reinforce with - teacher says, class repeats if correct, stays silent if not
* drills - choral, individual, substitution
* games - board, memory, guess, Simon Says, I Spy, Hangman/Shark, bingo (e.g. call definitions), tic-tac-toe, pointing, Pelmanisms, Go Fish, snap, dominoes, computer software, treasure hunt
* spelling bee
* identify mistakes
* chants and raps
* requesting cards e.g. 'Do you have ...'
* speed memory game
* remove flashcards and recall what's missing
* show flashcard upside down, gradually, quickly, through a peephole, with missing letters, pull out of a bag and say; bomb game
* play FC Showdown - two ss back-to-back, three paces, turn, first to say other's FC wins
* respond to stimulus by touching, hitting, throwing ball at flashcards
* Mexican wave - words, sounds
* whispers game
* Hot Potato - pass a ball, when music stops student with ball responds as required
* syllable counting and splitting
* assonance (same middle sound)
* segmentation and counting sounds
* manipulation (add, subtract, substitute, reverse); play with sounds e.g. try spelling nonsense syllables; go up word ladder changing one letter at a time
* sing to 'Bingo' song
* 5x5 sound bingo
* word or sentence unscramble
* spelling games e.g. guess word teacher starts to spell; name nth letter in a word; stand in row holding letter cards for words; hopscotch grids
* letter feature sort
* letter line up
* pronunciation practice using video with sound off, picture prompts, various models
* train the ear using minimal pairs (e.g. same/different, circle the right one), odd one out, number of times in a sentence
* repetition using different volume,say it high, say it low, different tones (scared, surprised, angry, bored, sad, happy, tired, forgetful, curious), different speed, backwards, using odd/even ones, words that rhyme, words that fit a pattern (e.g. stress), raps, chants, songs, up your sleeve, out the window, soft to loud, loud to soft, think one/say one word, to a beat, with actions, like a robot
* stress by counting syllables, using visual pattterns, anticipation with new words, songs
* respond by putting up hand, an object, a picture/word card, standing up, another action (e.g. as a group)
* identify the odd one out
* memorise & recall a sequence of words, letters
* choosing correct item on worksheet
* dictate sounds or words to write onto bingo grids, pictures, treasure maps
Posted by: Greg Quinlivan
| September 23, 2010 at 03:07 PM