Published on March 9, 2014
Creative teaching for uncreative teachers! Catherine Morley British Council Alcalá de Henares www.britishcouncil.org 1
• Starting and finishing lessons • Using basic materials • Exploiting photos www.britishcouncil.org
Starting lessons • Ball to recycle vocabulary / practise questions • Three things that went well today • Vocabulary bag activities www.britishcouncil.org 4
Starting lessons How do YOU normally begin lessons? Tell a partner. www.britishcouncil.org 5
/ˈdefnətli/ www.britishcouncil.org 6
/ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ/ www.britishcouncil.org 7
/ˈæŋkʃəs/ www.britishcouncil.org 8
/ˈsuːtˌkeɪs/ www.britishcouncil.org 9
/rɪˈlaɪəbl/ www.britishcouncil.org 10
/wɪəd/ www.britishcouncil.org 11
/ˈɒnɪst/ www.britishcouncil.org 12
/ˈkʌmftəbl/ www.britishcouncil.org 13
/ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː/ www.britishcouncil.org 14
/səˈsaɪəti/ www.britishcouncil.org 15
Basic classroom materials – Mini-whiteboards Tip! For team games with MWBs, give each team a different colour pen and call them ‘the green team’ etc. Much easier to keep score! • Phonemic script game • Vocabulary quizzes • Liven up grammar exercises (read out the sentences in a different order!) • Collocation sentences www.britishcouncil.org 17
Basic classroom materials – Mini-whiteboards How do you / could you use MWBs in your lessons? www.britishcouncil.org 18
A4 Magic Whiteboard www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk www.britishcouncil.org 19
Basic classroom materials – scraps of paper www.britishcouncil.org 20
Basic classroom materials – Dice • Elicit 6 topics – students throw a dice and speak for one minute • 6 sentences / questions using a grammar structure that you want students to practise www.britishcouncil.org 21
1. A food or drink you didn’t use to like (but you do now). 2. Something you used to do every day when you were 10 years old. 3. A hobby you used to have. 4. A school you used to go to. 5. Something your parents used to make you do that you didn’t like. 6. Something you didn’t use to like about your school. www.britishcouncil.org 22
Basic classroom materials – scraps of paper / dice How do you / could you use scraps of paper / dice in your lessons? www.britishcouncil.org 23
Photos www.britishcouncil.org 24
Photos She’s in her late 60s. She’s medium-height and overweight. She looks happy. She has long, grey hair.
She can’t be your sister because she doesn’t look like you. She might be your friend because you’re having a drink together. www.britishcouncil.org 27
Photos Could you use students’ own mobile phones in your teaching context? If not, what are the alternatives? What other activities can you think of using photos from students’ mobile phones? www.britishcouncil.org 28
Photos http://takeaphotoand.wordpress.com/ www.britishcouncil.org 29
Finishing lessons Do you do anything special at the end of your lessons? www.britishcouncil.org 30
Catherine Morley email@example.com thinkingenglishblog.wordpress.com www.britishcouncil.org 31
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