We’ve discussed using student interests to provide them with authentic language experiences in extracurricular activities, and we’ve also talked about getting students talking about themselves to provoke authentic conversations. It’s important to get to your students beyond their lives in the school. When we get to know our students as full people, with lives beyond […]Read more "Bringing the Outside In: Student Contributions"
We’ve already discussed the advantages of role-play and conversation games in your ESL classroom, but there are a number of other games you can use in your classroom that allow students to use language in more spontaneous and authentic ways. Larry Ferlazzo discusses his use of improv in his ESL classroom here. He talks about […]Read more "In the Classroom: Drama Games"
One of the best ways to expose your students to authentic language is to get them involved in the larger school culture. Often, ELLs tend to group together with other students who share their home language. They also might go back to a household where they speak mostly in their primary language. Even though they […]Read more "Outside the Classroom: Extracurricular Activities"
Having students talk to one another is a key part of many language lessons. However, activities that focus solely on conversation, without necessarily focusing on a particular language objective, can also be beneficial for your students. When they are allowed to speak freely to one another in English without fear of being evaluated. This Edutopia […]Read more "In the Classroom: Conversation"
Board games are a great ready-to-use resource for fostering authentic language use in the classroom. A simple trip to the thrift store can yield a number of such games that can be used to create unique opportunities for language use. They engage students on multiple levels of interaction. According to some research: ‘Games also help […]Read more "In the Classroom: Board Games"
We’ve seen the many ways in which we can bring authentic language into the classroom, but we should also teach our students to observe how language is used all around them. If they know what to look for, a simple walk home from school can become an environment rich with language learning potential. Research shows that […]Read more "Outside the Classroom: Observation"
Video-Based Classroom Activities As I mentioned in the “Curriculum Integration” post, video can be a quick and easy way to present authentic language in your classroom. Videos are accessible in most classrooms, and they can be used to enhance all manner of lessons. They can be used as an energetic introduction to a larger topic, […]Read more "In the Classroom: Videos"