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ESL/EFL Carnival of Lessons

The ELT blogosphere comes alive with fantastic and practical lesson tips for you to implement in your classes next week. From Young Learners to English for Specific Purposes have a look at the amazing creativity of your fellow ELT professionals.

Karenne Sylvester

on 2 May 2010

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EFL/ESL Carnival of Lessons
Mike Harrison Nightwalker Shelly Terrell Anne Hodgson Jessie Voigts & Carrie Kellenberger Larry Ferlazzo Mr Foteah Nick Jaworski Diana Diodati-Konrad Jeremy Day Vicki Hollett Arjana Blazic Natasa Bozic Grojic Barbara Sakamoto Janet Bianchini

speaking prepositions of place For low level students, this activity naturally focuses on fluency--getting them to see that they can communicate successfully without being perfect English speakers. For advanced students, the activity naturally focuses on accuracy--they tend to create more elaborate set ups, and discover that they need more specific language in order to accurately "teach" another to duplicate their creation.

By giving students control of the task, they adapt it to meet their own language learning needs.
Teenagers Young Adults Business English ESP Eva Buyuksimkesyan Young Learners http://www.flickr.com/photos/danisarda/4346730821/sizes/l/ **All levels Sabrina de Vita http://sabridv.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/monsters-inc-present-simple-and-present-continuous/ * Young Learners, Teenagers, Young Adults, General Adults Listening, Watching, Writing
Recalling/ Reproducing information, Applying knowledge

Present Simple and Present Continuous
http://myenglishpages.com/blog/brainstorming-lesson-plan This activity will teach students to brainstorm effectively. It can be carried out in a one-period session. No materials are required apart from a pen or pencil and sheets of paper. * All levels Writing, Speaking http://www.flickr.com/photos/andymangold/4455910733/ Students use their existing language and strategies to successfully explain an arrangement of objects to other students, without visual support. The goal is to get students comfortable with using imperfect English to communicate, rather than waiting for the day when they might be able to express themselves perfectly :)
Monsters Inc., Brainstorming The Foolproof Lesson http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/4352088960/ Let the Games Begin! http://photomatt7.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/let-the-games-begin/ Students assign medal values to words based on their familiarity with them, as well as their usefulness. The goal is for students to increase their use of the words (displayed on charts) and continue to discover new words for their use. * Elementary / PreIntermediate
* Young Learners / Teenagers http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylemay/2045290249/ * Very Young Learners
* Young Learners
* Teenagers
* Young Adults
* General Adults Fun and interesting activities to jumpstart English lessons. http://www.wanderingeducators.com/language/learning/icebreaker-activities-esl-classroom.html http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2010/02/20/vocabulary-2-0-15-tips-tools-resources/ Using a Word Cloud Tool to Teach Students Vocabulary In this lesson, English language learners learn vocabulary in context via the word cloud tool, Tagul. The students then chose which words they would like to explore by clicking on any of the words in the word cloud. They were then lead to a articles, images, and videos related to their word and related to the Winter Olympics. They chose one of these to bring into class for a discussion. * All levels Higher Order Skills:
Recalling/ Reproducing information
Understanding and Explaining
Applying knowledge
Analyzing information
Evaluating or Defending Games vs Handouts revise reduction of relative clauses * Higher Intermediate Teenagers http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/2010/03/26/games-vs-handouts/ 30 mins http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachel_s/3070910300/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/_boris/2570588372/sizes/m/ Dr Who - Lip Reading http://mikeharrison.edublogs.org/2010/02/16/doctor-who-lip-reading-a-lesson-plan/ Get students to focus on looking at whoever they are talking/listening to
in order to practice understanding meaning 1 - 1.5hrs Intermediate, Higher Intermediate, Advanced
Teenagers, Young Adults, General Adults Johanna Stirling Guided code words activity Text reconstruction activities are very useful for improving a really wide range of learners' skills, including spelling, but they are difficult to do without a computer.

A printable text reconstruction activity using coded letters is a great alternative.

There are hints to guide learners not only to complete the puzzle but also to notice spellings more explicitly. Teenagers, Young Adults, General Adults, Business Adults, Vocational study, Specialized occupations
http://thespellingblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/code-word-activity.html The Easter Bunny Hates You Teenagers, Young Adults, General Adults
Intermediate, Higher Intermediate, Advanced
Focus on the language of possibility and practice all four skills in a creative and humorous way. http://turklishtefl.com/2010/03/07/the-easter-bunny-hates-you/ "Will Sleeping Make Me Smarter?" http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/02/08/will-sleeping-more-make-me-smarter-a-lesson-im-trying-this-week/
Speaking Teenagers
Intermediate, Higher Intermediate, Advanced
30 mins

General English This lesson consists of two interactive Hot Potato exercises, one about Las Vegas, the other about Georgia's Antebellum Trail. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by filling in the blanks. They get instant feedback for both quizzes.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjman/2352510797/sizes/l/ collocations and various grammatical structures, such as the passive, relative pronouns, articles and phrasal verbs
http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/2010/02/travel-posts-turned-practice-tests.html The Trouble with Mobile Phones http://lunas994.blogspot.com/2010/03/trouble-with-mobile-phone.html By the end of this lesson the students will have
- had intensive speaking practice
- practised and reinforced the language of agreeing and disagreeing
- practised evaluating, negotiating, summarising and defending their opinion http://www.flickr.com/photos/designwallah/2745032064/sizes/m/ The "Google Search" Stories The goal of this lesson is to practice the language of exploring and sharing experience. Students reconstruct an engaging story, hypothesize details to complete the picture, perhaps explore leads, and then connect the dots in pair interviews. At the end they read out a template with standard storytelling/conversation markers and ad lib contents. Recalling/ Reproducing information
Understanding and Explaining
Applying knowledge
Analyzing information
Creating something new http://civitaquana.blogspot.com/2010/03/power-of-images-powerpoint-presentation.html The Power of Images - a Powerpoint Presentation ideas + creative activities you can do with images http://www.flickr.com/photos/we_need_unity/4516012032/ http://www.vickihollett.com/?p=2075 A handy dictation To practise intensive listening, teach a little vocabulary and above all, to intrigue and prompt discussion.

Video "Pigeon: Impossible"

Target group: Adult education, Business English (group and one-to-one), multilevel.

Language goals: 1. speaking 2. report writing 3. spy/ thriller vocabulary 4. predictions 5. could/ coudn’t/ was able to (describing general ability vs. single achievements)

Writing task: “Incident on F Street”: write report to line manager about the unforeseen incident with the pigeon. What could the pigeon do with the additional powers at its disposal, what couldn't they do to interfere and what were they ultimately able to do to stop pigeon and end the incident? * Intermediate, Higher Intermediate
* 1hr+
* http://annehodgson.de/2010/02/22/pigeon-impossible/ http://askauntieweb.blogspot.com/2010/03/preparing-negotiation-role-play-lesson.html Preparation: The students are put into small groups and asked to think of a real or hypothetical negotiation. They complete the worksheet and hand it to another group.
The other group may ask any questions they have about the situation.

Task:The groups then role play the negotiation they have been given.
At the end of the role play each group writes a short report. http://specific-english.blogspot.com/2010/03/lesson-in-psychology-of-learning.html Helping students overcome psychological barriers that prevent them from asking questions and admitting they don't understand. In the context of marketing. Prezi by Karenne Joy Sylvester Kalinago english http://kalinago.blogspot.com encore An unusual reunion Practise narrative tenses (past simple, past continuous) in spoken and written English.
Practise listening to and reading a narrative.
Encourage students to think imaginatively. Young Adults, General Adults
Intermediate, Higher Intermediate, Advanced, PreIntermediate (NOT Elementary)
Listening, Watching, Reading, Writing, Speaking
Recalling/ Reproducing information, Visualising; imagining

Next Carnival june 1st, 2010 Mary Ann Zehr
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielfoster/4220444721/sizes/m/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/robnwatkins/397488557/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/etringita/854298772/sizes/s/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cleopold73/2619584650/ http://annehodgson.de/2010/02/09/the-google-search-stories/
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