How has your week
been? It was my second week back on campus and the quiet and the masks and the
wiping down of desks are all starting to seem strangely normal.... Not sure if
this is a good or bad thing, but still. As Covid rates seem to be on their way
up again in many places, I hope that you are well and that you enjoy this
week's little offering.
Dictogloss has long
been one of my favourite activities for the classroom. It's easy to prepare as
a teacher and hugely useful for listening, vocabulary development, speaking and
a holistic approach to grammar. Oh, and writing... It's pretty much got the
lot! If you're not sure what I'm talking about or if it's been a while and you'd like a refresher,
resource on my site goes through how
to do it.
It works just as
well online - just put pairs into Breakout Rooms to write their version of the
text on a Google doc, so that you can easily monitor what they are writing.
This week's sneak
preview is a video I've made, describing how you could use a speaking game idea
with another free resource from Twinkl ESL. It's a conversation
game based on Snakes and Ladders. Whilst this is a bit of an old chestnut,
it's great for getting learners speaking and the resource includes question
cards at three levels, so easy prep for you.
Finally, my website
of the week. This is another one of those things that you may already know
about but if you do, it definitely bears a repeat viewing. If you don't know
about this, it's super-useful and I know that you'll love it- Scott
Thornbury's A-Z of ELT.
Here's my challenge for you for
this week. Put aside 15 minutes (over a coffee/ tea/ beverage of your choice)
and read one of his posts every day for a week.
See how much more knowledgeable you feel by the end and feel free to
drop me a line to let me know what you found most helpful. As a recommendation,
try D is
for Dictation if you've enjoyed the Dictogloss stuff above, or (one of my
personal favourites) A
is for Automaticity.
That's about it for
this week. Have a good one and I'll see you next Sunday :)