Variety and fun in one to-one lessons

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Talk presented at DISAL in São Paulo, on July 18, 2014, on teaching English one-to-one.

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Variety and fun in one to-one lessons

  1. 1. Variety and fun in one-to-one lessons Higor Cavalcante July 18, 2014 DISAL Auditorium – São Paulo
  2. 2. FUN. Enjoyable or entertaining. FUNNY. Making you smile or laugh.
  3. 3. FUN = VARIETY
  4. 4. TEACHING ONE-TO-ONE = TEACHING
  5. 5. TEACHING ONE-TO-ONE = TAILOR- MADE
  6. 6. Dogme No sound effects or music Camera in hand No genre movies No temporal alienation No special lighting No superficial action etc
  7. 7. Course books are not courses! Dogme ELT Conversation-driven teaching Materials-light approach Emergent language
  8. 8. Teaching with ‘no materials’ Emergent language Provide language for relevant topics Use student’s materials (i.e. work emails, everyday needs etc.) Record student speaking Record model sentences and email to student ‘Teachable moments’ We teach students. Not plans. Not course books.
  9. 9. Working with the news Malaysia Airlines plane crash: world demands answers from Russia (The Guardian – July 18, 2014) The US has pointedly criticised Russian arming of rebels in Ukraine as the world demanded answers over the shooting down down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by a suspected Russian- Russian-made missile, resulting in the death of all 298 people on people on board the civilian airliner.
  10. 10. Working with the news The US has pointedly criticised Russian arming of rebels in Ukraine as the world demanded answers over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by a suspected Russian-made missile, resulting in the death of all 298 people on board the civilian airliner. The US say Russia shot down the plane. ( ) There were no survivors among the 298 passengers on )
  11. 11. Working with the news THE only previous time that Brazil _____the World Cup, in 1950, it 1950, it famously _____the final 2-1 to Uruguay, after shipping two shipping two goals in 13 minutes late in the second _____. So _____were Brazilians that Nelson Rodrigues, a playwright and journalist, described the occasion as a “national _____…our Hiroshima”. half host deflated catastrophe lose
  12. 12. Working with the news Headlines (discuss news of the day) Creating headlines (work on Simple Present/lexis) Scanning/skimming questions Match headlines to paragraphs Match words to definitions Write sentences with new words You’re the newsreader! Students bring news to class
  13. 13. Reading - tips Leave the room / concentrate on something else Monitor unobtrusively Work on strategies in class (pre) Assign some (longer) reading as homework Discuss activities in class (post) Start a book club
  14. 14. We sing, we dance… BINGO I woke up before my alarm / everything’s gonna change / this is what I’ve been waiting for / fall out of bed / I feel quite foolish / because my engine’s still cold / it’s the best I can do / ever-changing sky / almost as if it was magic / catch a fading star / it’s gonna be a good day / I stretch my body / pour a cup of liquid gold / something I did yesterday / high on living / I smile when it happens / you beautiful thing! / why do bad dreams linger long after I’m awake? / my thoughts are all I’ve got
  15. 15. We sing, we dance… Put lyrics in order Correct mistakes in the lyrics Pick right words/chunks (table/wall) Write alternative chorus Conversation about message Focus on pronunciation www.richmondshare.com.br
  16. 16. Videos VISIBILITY OF THE SPEAKER
  17. 17. Videos
  18. 18. Videos www.tedinclass.wordpress.com
  19. 19. Videos www.tedinclass.wordpress.com
  20. 20. Downloading videos (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfvgoaHH7oQ
  21. 21. Downloading videos (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfvgoaHH7oQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfvgoaHH7oQ www.linkyoutube.com/watch?v=sfvgoaHH7oQ
  22. 22. Downloading videos (YouTube)
  23. 23. Downloading videos (YouTube)
  24. 24. Downloading videos (YouTube)
  25. 25. Other ideas on using video Just like any listening activity (T/F; skimming; scanning etc.) Silent viewing ‘Blind viewing’ Pausing and predicting Cultural awareness Pronunciation
  26. 26. "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.“ – Mark Van Doren (American poet and professor)
  27. 27. Contact info higor@higorcavalcante.com www.facebook.com/higorcavalcante teacherhigor

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