Posts Tagged ‘listening’

My Record Store Day ’16 Picks

Record Store Day is almost upon us again! My wife might tell you that every day is Record Store Day for me, but honestly, this is like Santa Claus coming in April, and I just can’t help myself. Similar to past years, I will probably wake up way too early and spend way too much money, but such is the life of a music junkie. As RSD continues to gain in popularity, and the number of releases increases, with several record labels hoping to cash in on anything and everything they can, it’s becoming harder to separate the wheat from…

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How to Watch The Royal Tenenbaums with Students

I watch The Royal Tenenbaums every semester with students because it’s a great listening activity. Also, it’s an excellent way to have some fun with your students. What You’ll Need: A copy of the movie A screen to view the movie White Board w/ markers Photocopies of Main Characters (Royal, Ethel, Chas, Margot, Richie, & Eli) Some tape About 3hrs of class time Setup: Prep the classroom before the students arrive. Section off the whiteboard into roughly 6 equal parts. Tape the photocopied images each character into a section. Put the DVD into the player and let the main menu screen play…

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Storytelling Icebreaker

I used Rory’s Story Cubes with my Speaking/Listening ESL students, and they loved it! Rory’s Story Cubes are a set of nine dice with various icons on each side. Roll the dice and make up an impromptu story that connects all nine icons facing up. Simple, creative, and fun. I learned about Rory’s Story Cubes from EdTech.tv. I watched his tutorial on YouTube and decided to buy a set of physical dice from Amazon for $7 (here). I used them as an ice breaker at the beginning of class to get everyone focused and engaged. I have a small class,…

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Running Dictation: Great fun!

Running Dictation is one of my favorite games to play with ESL students. It’s great for many reasons. The rules are simple, and it gets students out of their seats and moving around. It practices many communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and group dynamics. It’s highly adaptable for any age and skill level, all while providing lots of laughs. This is my favorite way to play: 1. Print some text on a sheet a paper and place it somewhere that students cannot easily read from their seats. I usually place mine just outside the classroom door on the…

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Bouncy Ball Toss in ESL Classroom

One of my favorite icebreakers to use with my students is tossing a ball back and forth while asking them questions about themselves. I love it because it’s dead simple, and it gets everyone’s immediate attention while smiles spread across the room. Most ESL teachers have tossed a ball with students before, and I feel like it usually gets pigeonholed as an activity for younger learners, but it’s adaptable to every level & age group. I work with graduate level university students, and I think it works just as well if not better. Throwing a ball back and forth with my students…

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