Posts Tagged class design
In class we were unable to view two very important videos:
Genie (secret of the wild child) Watch this one for at least ten minutes. You will want to watch the complete documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmdycJQi4QA
This video is a must-see: The Linguistic Genius of Babies. It shows what really goes on when we learn language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2XBIkHW954
Here is a recommendation for a great video: Miguel Angel found a Genke video to use with his Venn diagram, and it is well worth seeing. However, I happen to know that using this much energy during a class as does Genke English is impossible to do for many years, and I hope that the teacher finds another way to engage his students instead of being very active. Check out his blog.
Finally, Jessica posted her learning theories matrix with videos and a great synthesis of how each theory affects metacognition in learning. Check out Jessica’s blog for a job well done. congratulations Jessica!
We can determine the identifying characteristics that make each class unique. In the process, we have even found several different methodologies in classrooms and lessons that might look just like yours.
In her post comparing a TEFL class online with her own suggestions, Adriana, a past TKT candidate, has shared a GREAT class that I recommend watching because it uses many motivational techniques that work. It is a task-based class, so the learning focus is centered on the students, not on the teacher, and involves the students on many levels.
Check out Adriana’s blog at http://arh1980.wordpress.com/
Ever get caught in the “explanation” game, where the teacher-centered explanation, the worksheets you supply, and the extra practice you give on drill exercises all together don’t seem to help all your students get the grammar point?
Sometimes you just have to use material outside the coursebook.
Teachers around the world who blog share ideas about waking up your classes. Eva in Turkey’s suggests maintaining and adding information on an excel page that she started: songs to teach grammar. Check it out; it contains more than Beatles songs and you can get many ideas for using songs int he classroom.
If you like movies and would like to use those in your home collection, Claudio in Brazil has collected a mountain of information and linked movie scenes from present and past films to grammar points with great lesson ideas to help your teaching become student-centered.
Try it…it is more interesting than teacher explanations of grammar! Movie Segments to Assess Grammar.