gating

Listening, far from being a receptive skill, is very much an active skill, an online activity. Among many other things, such as decoding the stream of sound as it happens (to be accurate and according to research in the field, at a delay of a quarter of a second behind the speaker), listening entails predicting. Say the listener hears the noun phrase “the petty criminal” … Continue reading gating

mannequin challenge

I guess I should spare you from explaining what a mannequin challenge is. Whether you love it or loathe it; whether you have ever been lured into posing for one or not, it might still be a fun thing to try in the classroom. “A mannequin challenge?”, I hear you say. Write “mannequin challenge” on the board and ask your students to generate questions they may … Continue reading mannequin challenge

skeleton questions

There are a handful of websites where you can get conversation questions arranged by topic. These seem to be the most popular ones, prompted by an “esl conversation questions” search query on Google. – Conversation questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom – ESL Conversation questions – ESL Discussions – TEFLpedia – English Current – ESL Gold Basically these sites (or sections within the sites) provide a … Continue reading skeleton questions