Useful Ideas: Projects, Spelling BeeUseful Ideas: Projects, Spelling Beeand Bulletin Boardsand Bulletin BoardsBuilding up teaching school materialsBuilding up teaching school materialsCecilia Maller A.Cecilia Maller A.Universidad Santo TomásUniversidad Santo TomásEnglish PedagogyEnglish Pedagogy
Project WorkProject Work You may create aYou may create aProject out of anyProject out of anygrammar point orgrammar point ortopic.topic.
Answer:Answer: What is a project?What is a project?
ProjectProject (PIECE OF(PIECE OFWORK)WORK)11 “A piece of planned work“A piece of planned workor an activity which isor an activity which iscompleted over a period ofcompleted over a period oftime and intended to achievetime and intended to achievea particular aim”.a particular aim”.
You could ask your students toYou could ask your students towrite something based on thewrite something based on thecontents covered.contents covered. Ex. Simple presentEx. Simple presenttense- write about atense- write about aday in their lives.day in their lives.
What to consider whenWhat to consider whenasking your students toasking your students toprepare a project work.prepare a project work.
Things to consider:Things to consider: Length of theLength of theparagraph.paragraph. TitleTitle
Pictures illustrating thePictures illustrating theideas.ideas. Structure(s) you wantStructure(s) you wantto emphasize andto emphasize andreinforce.reinforce.
Always better to produce your ownAlways better to produce your ownstorystory
What is it and what is it for?What is it and what is it for? Creative writingCreative writingAssignment;Assignment;*Adaptable to a variety of*Adaptable to a variety ofdisciplines anddisciplines andintended to elicitintended to elicitthoughtful responses fromthoughtful responses fromStudents.Students.
Because you improve yourBecause you improve yourstudents´writing abilities.students´writing abilities. Stds. are motivated to write-Stds. are motivated to write-their own life.their own life. Brief enough to fit easily into aBrief enough to fit easily into alesson( supplemental worklesson( supplemental workto be completed at home or into be completed at home or inclass).class).
People:People:-What makes you-What makes youhappy?happy?-My biggest lie-My biggest lie
Social StudiesSocial Studies::-Famous people.-Famous people.-Important places.-Important places.
Science:Science:-The year without a-The year without asummer.summer.-The solar system-The solar system
How to work it:How to work it: Give the students theGive the students thetheme and all thetheme and all the“coordinates”“coordinates”( Suggested title, length,( Suggested title, length,structure or wordsstructure or wordsinvolved, pictures)involved, pictures)
Then they must keep allThen they must keep allthe projects till the end ofthe projects till the end ofthe year and create athe year and create amagazine-foldier, give it amagazine-foldier, give it aname, index and make aname, index and make aproject exhibition forproject exhibition forparents to see them –parents to see them –Parents´meetingParents´meeting
On desks- Class,On desks- Class,Objective and themesObjective and themesin English and Spanishin English and Spanish
Activity 1:Activity 1: Create your own Project; thinkCreate your own Project; thinkof your Practicum students,of your Practicum students,think of a special content, thenthink of a special content, thendesign the appropiate pagedesign the appropiate pagewhere they are going to write itwhere they are going to write itonon
2.Spelling Bee Competition:2.Spelling Bee Competition: 1. Spelling bee1. Spelling bee noun- USnoun- USa competition in which thea competition in which thewinner is the person orwinner is the person orgroup who is able to formgroup who is able to formcorrectly the highestcorrectly the highestnumber of the words theynumber of the words theyare asked to spell.are asked to spell.
AA spelling beespelling bee is a competitionis a competitionwhere contestants, usuallywhere contestants, usuallychildren, are asked to spellchildren, are asked to spellEnglish words.English words.
The concept originated in theThe concept originated in theUnited States, and is usuallyUnited States, and is usuallyperceived to be an Americanperceived to be an Americanpracticepractice ; part of the reason could be; part of the reason could bethat English has anthat English has anexceptionally complex andexceptionally complex andarbitrary orthography.arbitrary orthography.
EtymologyEtymology Although its only modern usageAlthough its only modern usageis inis in spelling beespelling bee, the word, the word beebeehas historically been used tohas historically been used todescribe a get-together where adescribe a get-together where aspecific action is being carriedspecific action is being carriedout, like an apple bee. Itsout, like an apple bee. Itsetymology is unclear butetymology is unclear butpossibly derived from the Oldpossibly derived from the OldEnglish wordEnglish word bēnbēn for prayer.for prayer.
How to do it:How to do it: Handout:certain number ofHandout:certain number ofwords, separated inwords, separated incategories(i.e. animals, bodycategories(i.e. animals, bodyparts, nouns, public places,parts, nouns, public places,food, adjectives, etc)food, adjectives, etc)
Every week or class:Every week or class:practice a few words andpractice a few words andadd more from the listadd more from the listprovided.provided.
Select some studentsSelect some studentsfrom each room, thenfrom each room, thenthey must competethey must competeamong them till you getamong them till you getthe winner.the winner.
Activity 2:Activity 2: Create a spelling bee list for oneCreate a spelling bee list for oneof your Practicum courses.of your Practicum courses. How to:How to: Have a look at the Units/lessonsHave a look at the Units/lessonsalready covered.already covered. Prepare 8 categories andPrepare 8 categories andinclude at least 8-10 words forinclude at least 8-10 words foreach one of them.each one of them.
Make it attractive!!Make it attractive!! Ex.Ex. Body parts:Body parts: LegLeg ArmArm HeadHead
Choose a LOGO you like,Choose a LOGO you like,adapt it if necessary. Then …adapt it if necessary. Then …
You should include:You should include: Name of schoolName of school ““English Department”English Department” Grades involvedGrades involved Answers to the following questions:Answers to the following questions: When?When? Where?Where? What time?What time? Prizes contestants getPrizes contestants get
Go to Spelling Bee RulesGo to Spelling Bee Rules
English Corners:English Corners: Nowadays,mixed abilityNowadays,mixed abilitywithin the classroom iswithin the classroom isone of the biggestone of the biggestchallenges teachers face.challenges teachers face.
So we must work onSo we must work onMOTIVATiON!!MOTIVATiON!!
That´s why…That´s why… English Corners are aEnglish Corners are auseful tool for this.useful tool for this.
What is an English Corner?What is an English Corner?““Space on a corner of theSpace on a corner of theclassroom with the appropiateclassroom with the appropiatematerials placed on a wall, amaterials placed on a wall, ashelf or a table, to be withinshelf or a table, to be withineasy reach(physical or visual) ofeasy reach(physical or visual) ofstudents at any stage of thestudents at any stage of theclass”.class”.
Materials such as:Materials such as:games, flashcards,games, flashcards,books, posters, news,books, posters, news,word cards, pictures,word cards, pictures,bulletin boards,etc.bulletin boards,etc.
Why to use English Corners?Why to use English Corners? The most useful thingThe most useful thingabout E.Cs is the numberabout E.Cs is the numberof different possibilitiesof different possibilitiesthey can offer us:they can offer us:
They can provideThey can provideactivities for fast finishersactivities for fast finishers
They give us theThey give us theopportunity to spend timeopportunity to spend timeindividually with pupilsindividually with pupilswho need help with a taskwho need help with a taskthey find difficultthey find difficult
They allow us to evaluateThey allow us to evaluateour pupils´speakingour pupils´speakingabilities,one by one or inabilities,one by one or insmall groups.small groups.
They enable pupils toThey enable pupils totake a break fromtake a break fromcourse work.course work.
They offer the chance toThey offer the chance topractise or reviewpractise or reviewvocabulary.vocabulary.
Managing the corners isn´t asManaging the corners isn´t asdifficult as it might seem.difficult as it might seem. For example, when pupils finishFor example, when pupils finisha task or some minutes beforea task or some minutes beforethe end of a lesson they couldthe end of a lesson they couldwork in the corner- individuallywork in the corner- individuallyor as a whole class activity.or as a whole class activity.
What can you include in theWhat can you include in theEC?EC?
Activity 3:Activity 3: Prepare a Bulletin Board for your EnglishPrepare a Bulletin Board for your EnglishCorner.Corner. How to do it:How to do it: Include a JokeInclude a Joke Include the school timetableInclude the school timetable Include a game.Include a game. Include a Pop song ( lyrics) with someInclude a Pop song ( lyrics) with someactivities ( 3)activities ( 3) A description of an interesting place inA description of an interesting place inStgo.+PicturesStgo.+Pictures Plus another activity YOU could think of.Plus another activity YOU could think of.
Be ready for next Class…Be ready for next Class…
Materials for:Materials for: A Project sheetA Project sheet A spelling bee projectA spelling bee project A Bulletin Board.A Bulletin Board.