Are your students lay back and quite lazy? Well, mine are. So after thinking of an idea to get them spend more time when writing essays I came up with this Check-list to help them make the most of their writing.
Once you are done with your essay, re-read and make sure you have done the following:
1st paragraph: re-write the topic sentences by rephrasing it (writing it with your own words, or by changing it a bit)
1st paragraph: say why is important or mention both opinions (Many people believe….. Others, however….)
2nd paragraph: develop the points given in the question. – Include relevant details to support the main idea: these might include examples, rhetorical question or surprising statements…
3rd Add your own idea (ALWAYS a different idea). Don't forget to give an example. If you include a drawback, give a possible solution.
4th Summarise and give your personal opinion
Also remember to:
Use a semi-formal tone.
Use linking adverbials or expressions to link ideas.
Organise your writing clearly into paragraphs.
How to use a Check-lists
IN CLASS 1. After collecting the essay and before doing any corrections get students to swap writings. 2. Hand-out a checklist sheet and get students to read and tick. 3. Then ask them to take back their writing and help them edit and add the missing points.
HOMEWORK 1. Hand-out the checklist sheet and assign homework 2. Remind SS to check the list while writing the essay 3. Collect essays, correct and check if students have used all points. 4. Give essays back and encourage students to add missing points.
I hope you've found this idea helpful. Give it a go and let me know how it goes. Also, if you have more ideas on how to get them revisit and spend more time on writing please feel free to comment below 🙂
So this is it! Back to school.. 🙂 I am pretty excited about it, let's be honest, educators have such a big break 😀 and I do miss teaching. So these are my top ideas/activities on getting back to school, mainly related to new groups, adults and teens.
1. Find someone who (A2 and above/Adults): love this, just because I get them to stand up, mingle, move around and get to know each other.
Hand out the sheets (attached below) and demonstrate the first example by asking the question to a student. Ask students to fill up the information at the same time.
Teacher – Have you got a pet?
Teacher -Is it a cat or a dog?
Student – Dog
Teacher – What's his/her name?
Student – Klio.
Ask students to think for a minute on how to formulate the questions and then elicit.
Then, get them to stand up, mingle around the classroom to write as many names as possible. Also remind them to ask more question to fill up the 'more information' section.
Elicit feedback with students telling you about their findings. Example: Yiannis speaks more than three languages. Persian, Greek, English and Spanish and his favorite language is Persian.
Adapt this game by making your own questions depending on the level and age group.
A different way of practicing asking personal and getting to know your students is 'The Best Friend's Challenge'. This game however, can only be successful if your students already know each other really well. Here how it goes:
How to play: write the following questions in different cards and cut them down. Place them in a box. Student A draws a questions and tries to guess how Student B would have answered the question. Student A and B write the answer down and show their answers with the count of 3. If the answers match they get a point.
1. What’s my favourite colour?
2. What are the place I would like to visit?
3. What’s my favourite food?
4. What’s the food I hate the most?
5. How many minutes do I take to get dressed?
6. What are the things I carry with me all the time?
7. What my favourite subject at school?
8. What my worst subject at school?
9. What annoys me the most?
10. What’s my favourite sport?
11. What’s the craziest thing I have done?
12. What do I usually have for breakfast?
13. What my favourite song at the moment?
14. Where am I going on holiday this Christmas/Easter?
15. What’s my favourite TV show?
16. What do I do in my free time?
17. What’s my favourite kind of sweet?
18. Which is my favourite type of film? Horror, Comedy, Action etc..
19. If I could meet anyone, who would it be?
20. What would I do if I won the lottery?
21. What's my favourite kind of sandwich?
22. What's my favourite hobby?
23. How do I spend my free time?
After finishing the game we worked on fluency. So I asked my students to answer the questions, expand their answers and I recorded them. In that way, I had the chance to listen to the audio again and correct some basic mistakes. To avoid making them feel embarrassed I gave them the corrections in handouts and we practised again. This activity is great for students preparing for exams.
You can also get your students to come up with more questions and play the game again 🙂
4. Jinx Challenge. (For all levels and ages.) This can be played after getting to know your students to add a bit of fun. I've attached the YouTube video here that I get the inspiration from. Enjoy it!
I get them to use the phrasal verbs in shapes and graphics. Like this they have all gather in a handout with a definition and an example. They find that useful and memorable. It also works really well with visual learners.
This is an example a student of mine did last week.
I ask them to use the phrasal verbs in comics. You will be amazed how much they enjoy that and how fast they learn to make comics online by themselves. For the first time I suggest doing one comic together so they can see how to go about it.
You can make your own comics online in these websites:
Teenagers are incredibly competitive. Games and competitions work really well with phrasal verbs and students love it!
One game that we usually play to revise vocabulary is the ‘Choose a symbol’. Each symbol means something else. Students however, don’t know what each symbol means and I think it what makes it fun and engaging.
Step 1: Divide students into two teams and give each team a copy. Step 2: Ask the first team to choose a symbol. Then you could ask them to give you an ‘example sentence’ or a ‘definition’ of the phrasal verb. (Alternatively you could prepare some sentences and ask them to guess the missing word in the gap) Step 3: Once they have answer tell them the prize of the symbol. Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3.
This year I set a challenge to make my students aware of the fact that English is packed with Phrasal verbs and it is what keeps them away from sounding more natural or fluent. Most of them have seen Phrasal Verbs before but have not really paid that much attention or went through the 'noticing stage'.
How I teach phrasal verbs?
Present them ALWAYS in context, short dialogues or sentences with clear meaning.
Get them to think of the meaning individually and then share their thoughts in pairs.
Get them to look up for more examples or prepare some yourself beforehand.
Analyze the examples and the phrasal verbs. Is it possible to insert a word between a verb and a particle?
Ask your students to create a small dialogue or a situation using the phrasal verb.
Students take turns to act it out.
Next lesson: Students read out their dialogue again without saying the phrasal verb. The rest of the class listens to the dialogue and guesses the phrasal verb. OR get them to act it out using body language and words.