Dictation can be a fun way to practice English at many different levels. Here are three ways to incorporate dictation into your classes. 1) Phone Number Dictation Dictate your phone number very quickly. Then have students actually call you to see if they got it. This activity can also help students learn the rhythm we […]
Even our advanced students struggle with the distinction between “he” and “she”. At the beginning levels, resist the urge to gloss over the topic. And, when you hear gender mistakes at advanced classes, make it a point to to provide a few minutes of formal instruction. Here’s a fun activity to help with work on […]
Check out this link to the NYTimes. There are 183 questions with links to related articles. These could be great conversation starters or writing prompts.
Body language is an important piece of how we communicate. In this TED Talk, Amy Cuddy discusses that how we use it can help train our brains to be more confident. Watch this video and start a fun discussion with your intermediate and advanced learners. There’s even a link on the page to view a […]
Our students love dictation activities. Apart from being fun, they can be a great way for students to learn to connect what they hear with the way words look on paper. Using a short story you create, a portion of a listening exercise from the book, or a reading from the lesson, try one of […]
Checking answers to activities is a must in the classroom setting. Here are three seven tips to keep students engaged during the process: 1. As students finish the activity, assign pairs to do a check first. This allows students to confirm and/or discuss their answers. The peer might benefit from explaining why she believes she […]
We all know that correcting student errors is important. What’s hard is coming up with engaging ways to do it! Below you’ll find a fun review activity to make corrections and get your students moving at the start or end of class. 1. Write a list of incorrect sentences on the board. The sentences should […]
Time Expressions Summary David Freeman, one of our fantastic Intercambio volunteers, created this spreadsheet to teach his students time expressions. You can click on it so that it shows more or fewer expressions based on the level of your students.
Listening comprehension is a challenging skill to build! While constant exposure to English (through radio, TV, listening to people in the grocery store) will help students train their ears to become attuned to the sounds of language, another extremely important skill a teacher can help build is the ability to hear “context”, not just specific […]
Helpful Hints: (Courtesy of Dieter Bruhn) 1. Create a meaningful context 2. Avoid translation whenever possible 3. Use words, pictures, gestures, mine, etc. to describe vocabulary 4. Use simpler vocabulary to describe more complicated vocabulary 5. Adapt your speech (rate of speech, level, etc.) to the level of your students 6. Utilize repetition 7. Use […]