On the importance of asking good “instruction check questions”, and some examples thereof. Continue reading ICQs: making sure your students know what to do
Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: older kids; teens; adults.
Type: a variety of activities to do with reconstructing texts.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: grammar – textual cohesion; other grammar and vocab points as they arise. Continue reading Text reconstruction activities
Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults
Type: listening for key/ prominent words in a real speech
Skills: listening; pronunciation (intonation and stress patterns in spoken English, mimicking an accomplished orator).
Language focus: any vocab as it arises. Continue reading Sentence Stress through Obama’s inauguration speech
Aims: to engage students with monolingual English dictionaries; to practise identifying relevant meanings in monolingual dictionaries; to practise skim- and scan-reading skills.
Skills: reading; listening; speaking.
Language focus: any vocab that arises in the lesson. Continue reading Dictionary-Based Reading Lesson