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Teacherless activities ccsf esl colloquium 2015


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In this presentation, Rick Kappra and Amy Hemmert introduce participants to innovative techniques and teacherless activities to help increase student involvement and reduce teacher prep time -- plus give students the confidence they need for real-world English interactions! A handout with ready-to-go classroom materials was provided.

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Teacherless activities ccsf esl colloquium 2015

  1. 1. WINTERTemplateOut & About: Teacherless Activities for Beginners Amy Hemmert & Rick Kappra
  2. 2. Language Learning Assumptions • Based on your experience as teachers and learners, what conditions are necessary for learning to take place in a language classroom? Brainstorm and list your ideas. Time: 5 minutes
  3. 3. Joys and Challenges What are some of the joys of teaching low levels? What are some of the challenges? Brainstorm and list your ideas. Time: 5 minutes
  4. 4. What are teacherless activities? A teacherless activity can loosely be defined as an activity that involves: • students turning to one another for knowledge or information • opportunities to practice the target language A teacherless activity is NOT: • teacher-fronted
  5. 5. Teacherless Activities Class Mingles Information Gap Jigsaw Messenger / Scribe Double Dictation Fluency Circles Activity Cards Bingo Battleships Flyswatters Board Games Crossword Puzzles And more!
  6. 6. Why “teacherless activities”? They’re highly interactive with students at the center. There’s lots of built-in repetition. They provide opportunities for meaningful conversation. The lively classroom helps reduce stress. Students can control the pace. Students can practice negotiating meaning. They encourage students to cooperate with one another. They’re great for the multi-level classroom. They help build community. They’re student friendly. They’re teacher friendly. They’re highly interactive and FUN!
  7. 7. Class Mingles Students mingle as a whole class, talking to a number of other students in order to complete the task at hand. Example: Find Someone Who…
  8. 8. Students ask and answer questions to obtain missing information. Examples: picture grid, bus schedule, TV guide Information Gap
  9. 9. Fluency Circles Students work in a large concentric circle, repeating the same response at least three times to gain fluency through repetition. Example: personal information, food, transportation, jobs
  10. 10. Double Dictation One student dictates the first part of the list/statement/passage while the other student writes. Then the second student dictates while the first student writes. Example: vocabulary word lists, descriptions
  11. 11. Template Messenger / Scribe Students work in pairs with one student obtaining information from another location. He/she must remember the information or return to the source again. Examples: vocabulary review, practice statements
  12. 12. Bingo The teacher provides a blank grid. Students fill in the review vocabulary words. The teacher (or another student) calls out the words. The students cross off the words as they’re called. The first one to get 5 in a row, yells “bingo.” Example: vocabulary review
  13. 13. Battleships Students work in pairs. The teacher provides a grid to each student. They place their battleships and must take turns guessing to locate their partner’s ship. Example: street address practice
  14. 14. The teacher puts words or pictures up on the board and selects one student to be the caller. The rest of the class forms two teams in two lines facing the board. The two students at the head of the line have flyswatters. The caller is given a list of the words on the board. He/she says a word or a definition, and the two students at the front of the line must compete to swat the correct word or picture. The teacher keeps a tally on the board. Example: vocabulary review Flyswatters
  15. 15. TemplateOut & About: Components
  16. 16. Contact Information • Amy Hemmert Kirby School, Santa Cruz • Rick Kappra CCSF
  17. 17. ALTA English Publishers Copyright 2015