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Activities Anyone Can Use. Lecturer: David Bish Project Editor EF Manchester, UK. Activities Anyone Can Use. Activities with an object. Activities with just a board or paper . Activities with nothing. From Activity to Lesson. What is the object?. Realia “A Prop”.

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Activities Anyone Can Use

Lecturer:

David Bish

Project Editor

EF Manchester, UK


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Activities Anyone Can Use

  • Activities with an object

  • Activities with just a board or paper

  • Activities with nothing

  • From Activity to Lesson


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What is the object?

Realia “A Prop”

Material “An Authentic text”

  • A piece of writing

  • A video

  • A CD or Tape recording

  • A piece of material (In the student’s language ?)

  • Any object

…are we talking about the object of an activity or the object in an activity?


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Sharing anecdotes

Most useful language

Stories

Write beyond

Write a complaint

What could it be?

Debate it

Media transfer

Reading and Writing Speaking and Listening

Rewrites

Sell it!

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Art object

Create a dictionary for it

Roleplay

Write a quiz

“Translate” the item

Jigsaw/jumble readings

Explain the object

What can you do with it?

Descriptions

Hide the object

Guessing games

Dictation

Word games

Wheel of material ideas

?


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Sharing anecdotes

Most useful language

Stories

Write beyond

Write a complaint

What could it be?

Debate it

Media transfer

Reading and Writing Speaking and Listening

Rewrites

Sell it!

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Art object

Create a dictionary for it

Roleplay

Write a quiz

“Translate” the item

Jigsaw/jumble readings

Explain the object

What can you do with it?

Descriptions

Hide the object

Guessing games

Dictation

Word games

Wheel of ideas – Speaking and Listening

  • Guessing games – Feely bag, 20 questions, Back to the board

  • Hide the object – directions, item is hot

  • What can you do with it? – brainstorm, …done to it?

  • Explain the object – to a child/alien, ask questions

  • “Translate” the item – to sign language, to a picture, to bla bla

  • Roleplay – extemporise, life story, guess the object

  • Art object – in a gallery, explain it to a critic

  • Sell it – who is it for?, what does it do?, slogan, see “Sell sell sell”

  • Debate it – 10 reasons to ban it, 10 reasons society needs it

  • What could it be? – provide evidence


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Sharing anecdotes

Most useful language

Stories

Write beyond

Write a complaint

What could it be?

Debate it

Media transfer

Reading and Writing Speaking and Listening

Rewrites

Sell it!

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Art object

Create a dictionary for it

Roleplay

Write a quiz

“Translate” the item

Jigsaw/jumble readings

Explain the object

What can you do with it?

Descriptions

Hide the object

Guessing games

Dictation

Word games

Wheel of ideas – Reading and Writing

  • Word Games – A-Z race, Boggle, anagrams, brainstorms

  • Dictation – Shouting, Running, Dictogloss

  • Descriptions – Three word,Lost and Found, smallest part

  • Create a dictionary – What does a user need to know?

  • Deconstruct / Reconstruct – Linguistic archaeology

  • Rewrites – Change the audience (eg. children) or topic

  • Media transfer – Make it a poem, a speech, a notice

  • Write a complaint – What is wrong?, What happened?

  • Write beyond – Instructions for use, commentary,testimonial

  • Stories – Mystery history,Mini-sagas, Iiem’s “Life story”


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Letter writing

Story generation

  • He said, she said

  • Mini sagas

  • Story to script

  • Mismatched novels

  • Student to student

  • Complaints and replies

  • Letters to/ from the future/past

  • To someone famous

Paper/Board based writing ideas

Poster presentations

Student quizzes

  • Advertisements

  • Personal Choice

  • Language

  • True/False

  • Multiple choice

  • Split Exchanges


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J

N

D

K

E

S

T

W

H

R

Q

S

G

J

U

A

L

F

V

P

B

C

Grid games

Noughts & Crosses (Tic Tac Toe)

Board Grid

Honeycomb Race Grid



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1,2,3 ?

4 !

5…6.

7,8,9,10?

11.

Conversations/Roleplay

Student as Director

Positions Drama

Counting Conversations


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Concluding

Activity

Activity

Activity

Activity

Language

Language

Language

From activity to lesson

Activity Short + Goal (has language outcomes)

Lesson Goal/Aim + Progression

A student centred lesson


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  • Sound gestures

  • Physical timelines

  • Secret word conversations

  • Split exchange milling

  • Student generated quiz (can be a grid game)

  • Back to the board

  • What language point from last activity was most useful.

  • Round the class drill (or try a substitution drill)

  • “Chinese Whisper” around the class

  • Dictation Activities

  • Team key language races (Hint: Exchange afterwards)

Feedback activities – Highlighting outcomes


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Bibliography/Further Reading

Puchta, H. and Rinvolucri, M. 2005 Multiple Intelligences in EFL (Helbling)

Maley, A. and Duff, A. 1984 Drama techniques in Language Learning (Cambridge)

Klippel, F. 1984 Keep Talking (Cambridge)

Paran, A. and Watts, E. (eds.) 2003 Storytelling in ELT (IATEFL)

Davis, P. and Rinvolucri, M. 1988 Dictation (Cambridge)

Burbridge, N. Grey, P. Levy, S. and Rinvolucri, M. 1996 Letters (Oxford)

Fernández-Toro, M. and Jones, F. 2001DIY Techniques for Language Learners(CILT)

Online Resources

Download free lesson and activity materials:

www.ef.com/teacher

Download sample ideas and articles from IATEFL Issues:

www.iatefl.org/content/newsletter/samples.php

Extracts from several of the books above and related titles can be found on:

books.google.co.uk


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