This is the third post on the series of dictation. I will be using the same list of fifteen words and expressions that I included in the previous posts as an example. You will be using your own. I find that ten to fifteen items is an adequate number for this type of activity. Dictate this list of words and expressions at normal speed just … Continue reading dictation 3
This is the second post on the series of dictation. I will be using the same list of words and expressions as the one from the first post as an example. You can make your own. The basic aim here is to review vocabulary and do something with it for consolidation purposes. Here is the list of 15 off-the-cuff words and expressions that a group … Continue reading dictation 2
This is the first post of a series of three on dictations. There are many reasons not to do dictations in the language classroom and there are also many other reasons to engage learners in dictation activities. I believe that if the dictation is an end in itself, even though it may still have its benefits, we might as well use our time more wisely … Continue reading dictation 1
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
Here’s a minimal preparation activity that focuses on identifying language chunks in songs. The only thing that is required from you is to choose a song that you want to play in class and select a few key words from the song (about 15 is a good number) that you will be writing on the board or dictating to the students. Here’s an example from … Continue reading bingo
Here is a very straightforward way of exploiting a video from the Internet. It works best with short news stories like the one used as an example. Keeping the KIS spirit, it does not require any preparation from the teacher, other than finding and playing the video. Tell the students that the are going to watch a short video. As they watch, each student must … Continue reading question words
My name is Daniel Martin. I am an English teacher trainer and writer of methodology books and materials for English teachers. Over the years, I have observed… Continue reading teaching English the keepitsimple way in 10 steps.