SUPERCHARGED INSTRUCTIONS

Great tips on how to turn instructions into language learning activities.

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Asking your students the question “Is everything clear?” after you have given instructions on what to do is as good as useless. Most students just don’t want or may be too shy to admit that they don’t understand something, or may think they understand it when they actually don’t, or may hope they will understand it once they get down to work.

Apart from being a teaching tool, instructions are also part of language that may be used for learning purposes, i.e. become an object of study.

This post shows how to make sure that your instructions are as clear as possible for your students and turn them into language learning activities (or as Chris Roland calls them, “supercharged instructions“).

You can watch a recording of Chris Roland’s webinar “Talking to teenagers in the English language classroom” here. (Most highly recommended!)

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Excellent speaking activity!

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Scaffolding discussions for quiet students

Some of my new classes this term have students who either whisper, speak in L1 or stay completely silent during speaking activities (even at int/upper int level). Part of this reluctance to speak seems to stem from having no knowledge or strong opinions about the topics being discussed, or not having enough time to think about an answer before a more confident student dominates the conversation.

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Motivational Posters

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Useful Classroom Tip: Vocabulary Revision

Whether you teach large classes or small groups, revising vocabulary in a quick and simple way is always useful, especially when its all done by the students - all you have to do is to give them instructions, circle and monitor.

ESL Speaking Activity: Conditional Discussion Questions

Discussion questions in First, Second and Third Conditional. Download here>>>>>Conditionals Speaking Activity Other speaking activities: ESL Speaking Activity: Business English Role Plays No-prep Speaking Activity: Warmer And Filler For ESL Classes 32 Inspirational And Creative Job Interview Questions For ESL/Business English Students ESL/EFL Speaking Activity: Role Play Debate

ESL Speaking Activity: Business English Role Plays

Download here>>>>> Office Problems Role Plays Other role plays: ESL/EFL Speaking Activity: Role Play Debate Role play: Making Polite Requests At The Restaurant: ESL Pair Work and Role Play Lesson ESL Role Play Worksheet: Travel/Holidays  

CAE Word Formation Practice

Great exercise for my older students.

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Here’s a worksheet for CAE students to help them prepare for part 3 of the use of English paper. Download the worksheet and key below, I found the exercises on quizlet so full credit to evatrn for making the set. Use the quizlet set below to revise.

Word Formation Practice

Word Formation Key

Quizlet Word Formation set

Worksheet

  1. Remember to _______ patients twice daily at 8.00am and 8.00pm. WEIGHT
  2. Why do you always want to go with those ignorant ___ people? WORTH
  3. This is the most interesting ___ I’ve ever seen. PERFORM
  4. Are you ___ of sailing in the prevailing conditions? ABLE
  5. Such an act would have been deceitful and ___ . RESPONSIBILITY
  6. There is already enough ___ without that, you know. PRESS
  7. You’d ___ too many people off with that speech. FRIGHT
  8. We must experience ___, pain, and death because we are alive…

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Binge-Watch and Improve Your English: 5 Great TV Shows Available On Netflix

I love movies and TV shows and I always recommend my students to watch as much in the original language they can, to use English subtitles, to watch youtube videos, TED talks, to immerse themselves in the language as much as they can. Nowadays, hundreds of movies and TV shows are available online and there … Continue reading Binge-Watch and Improve Your English: 5 Great TV Shows Available On Netflix

Make Game Quizzes For ESL Lessons

My younger students are very competitive and playful, and I love that about them. It is great to see that they are engaged and immersed in the activity, that they are having fun; and that they don't even realise they are learning. I am always in need of new resources, games, flash cards, you name … Continue reading Make Game Quizzes For ESL Lessons