Tag Archives: internet

Projects for assessing combined English skills

11 Jan


These two tasks are mini projects that test the students combined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Any subject material can be used, ours are from http://www.carelpress.com, but you could use newspaper or magazine articles instead as long as they are informative and relevant to the students.

Students are then asked to work independently to read the text, answer a set of questions then discuss the topic with others. There are short written tasks included such as creating informative posters or producing a piece of creative writing (just click on the links below).

I’ve found that the students like these tasks as they are linked and it allows them to learn new things without being taught in a didactic method. They can also research further when creating posters and new pieces of text.


Dictionary tasks

20 Sep


Students very rarely want to open a dictionary on their desk so this small activity from Katy Hall and Georgina Hooper encourages students to have a go based on whatever activity, topic or subject that they are currently studying.

You can adapt the words to what’s currently being studied and students can research independently or in pairs using a paper dictionary or web based dictionary. Students can then discuss their findings and evaluate the difficulty of the task as finding things alphabetically is an essential employment skill.


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Wikipedia writing task

19 Aug


This great activity encourages writing through the use of recognisable social media courtesy of Luke Meddings on BBC Teaching English (extract below).

This is an activity ‘about’ the internet, but it doesn’t start online. In fact it has to start offline: the idea is that students try and predict the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry for their town, region or country.

Before the lesson, make sure there is a Wikipedia entry in English for the place you’re going to talk about. During the lesson, access to the internet in class is useful, though not essential; you could use print outs at the comparison stage.

Ask students to work in pairs or groups. What facts would they include? What are the important things to say it? One way to do an activity like this is to start with students working on their own, then ask them to compare with a partner and agree a shared text, then get into small groups and make a further draft. They can share these drafts before the next stage.
If you can go online, do it now. Invite the learners to compare their own entries with the actual Wikipedia entry. What similarities and/or differences do they notice? What language features do they recognise in the ‘official’ text? What are the organising principles behind the Wikipedia entries?
If you like, you can add an element of competition by awarding a point for everything they correctly predict.

Change the task to focus on different Wikipedia entries. In each case the task is the same, to predict and compare their paragraph with the real thing. For example:
a favourite singer
an actor
a sportsman or football team
a character in a film or story

Ask them to write an ‘imaginary’ Wikipedia entry. These can’t be compared with a real one, but can be displayed around the class or shared on a blog. Here are some ideas for an imaginary Wikipedia entry:
my family
someone they know and admire (this could be someone in their family, or a friend)
me at the age of 50 – all the things I’ve achieved

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Source: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/my-wikipedia

Create your own posters

17 Aug


I love this simple poster making software that’s free (one I’ve made is above for you to see).

You just type in what you want to have on your poster (not too much text), scroll through the templates and then view your poster. You can then save it as a PDF and reproduce it for your classroom. There’s endless possibilities and you can get the students involved in making their own or finding quotes from author etc.

Source: http://www.recitethis.com

Punctuation posters

3 Jun


An easy task to get students thinking about punctuation uses or to test what they have learnt by creating an informative poster to show what the punctuation terms mean. The task can be carried out independently or in small groups by using either paper and felt tips or a PC. The students can use a variety of methods to research the terms and find ideas for their posters such as dictionaries and the Internet.

The students can then display their posters on a board to show common punctuation usage. Just click on the link below for the task sheet.


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Prompts to stimulate planning and writing

21 May


After seeing this visual on how soda impacts on your body it gave me an idea for providing frames for students to research and input information.

Just select an image outline that represents your topic and divide it up into the amount of sections that you want students to research. Students can then either research and fill the information in electronically or handwrite it in on a handout. The finished task will make excellent posters and I know students will be more eager to fill in this type of template than making notes on a blank sheet of paper. Students could always try to create an infographic from their information using a program such as http://www.easel.ly/ as a stretch and challenge task.

Image: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24552939&nid=1010&title=this-is-what-happens-when-you-drink-soda&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-5

Simple online learning styles quiz

6 May


A nice little online learning styles quiz from Edutopia that students can complete quickly with no log ins required. It takes about 5 minutes and then the results are calculated visually with a nice table for students to view and see what learning styles they are likely to favour based on Gardener’s multiple intelligences.

After the students have taken the quiz they can screen print their results onto a Word document for future reference and view descriptions of the categories and how they learn. Teachers and tutors could print these categories off and chop them up to give out to small groups afterwards for the groups to discuss and identify with. Additionally, the results can be recorded and used to inform future planning. Just click on the link below.


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