Here’s a great activity for using mobile phones in ESL and bringing the class to life. This one was originally posted on the great resource website One Stop English. Sounds like it will be quite engaging and interesting for students, and quite productive too.
Students, especially mine in Saudi, love their gadgets. Almost every student has more than one phone, and everyone gets the latest iPhone on the market. At the risk of sounding cheesy, phones are to Saudis what Forever 21 is to me – cheap, so why not!
Most of the students in my elementary teaching group are students who have come to San Francisco for a few weeks or months to study English at St. Giles. Many students eat out regularly at cafes and restaurants. It can be a challenge to find a good place to eat everyday – a place that is inexpensive and in the neighborhood.
Yelp.com can be a useful resource for students to help them decide where to get the next meal. To develop their reading and comprehension skills, I chose to introduce students to reviews on Yelp.com. I chose the reviews of a neighborhood restaurant that all students will be familiar with. An authentic text will help students develop and practice their receptive skills while exposing them to written English used by native speakers.
With the chosen text, students will be able to practice skills such as skimming for gist, reading for comprehension and scanning for information. (more…)
The third assignment we did during CELTA was also fun. We had the choice of doing the assignment on either Reading Skills or Listening Skills. Since we also needed to reproduce the materials for the assignment, everyone obviously chose to do it on Reading Skills. Much easier to just copy, paste text from somewhere than get listening material. I wonder why they even give us a choice.. haha!
We also had the choice of picking reading material straight from the book or choosing an authentic text (text that has actually been published – online or on paper – and not been graded to the reading level of the ESL students). I definitely wanted to an authentic text.. I was bored to death with the awfully boring stuff in the ESL textbooks, and I thought students must find authentic texts more interesting, even though it can be more challenging and may contain words they haven’t come across. (more…)