Tag Archives: research

Student moodboards

18 Sep

HEART TREE

This is a nice task that enables you to get to know your students and provides a lovely display for the classroom. It would be good to use this in the first few weeks of the new academic year and it can be carried out using traditional methods (pens, paper etc) or on a PC. We used the traditional method as we didn’t have access to PCs.

Students are asked to create a poster (moodboard) that represents them as a person. It is entirely open to interpretation but students relish the opportunity to express themselves through visual media and the finished products are great talking points. The activity also helps the class to get to know each other and what their interests are, it’s also a great opportunity for the teacher to produce one too.

MOODBOARD TASK

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Vocab word match game

15 Sep

PUZZLE

A great little activity to get students using dictionaries, think about word meanings and work together to problem solve.

There are 4 sets of words which need cutting up and mixing up (original word, synonyms, antonyms and homophones). The students then need to work together to sort the words out, using a dictionary if needed so that the original word has a synonym and antonym to match it. A separate match is made for homophones to go together.

For this particular task Georgina Hooper has used random words but you could use specialist words related to the topic/subject taught.

Click below for the resource.

VOCAB WORD MATCH

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Holiday reading & writing task

15 Jan

FLIP FLOPS

Students will enjoy using their imaginations with this task which can be adapted for any age and ability.

In the task sheet they are given an imaginary £1000 pounds to spend on a holiday and they have to research holidays in the brochures then plan out what they’d take, where they’d go etc in a piece of descriptive and informative text.

The students can then present their work as part of speaking and listening in small groups to encourage them to justify and explain their choices.

All students enjoy this task and it can be carried out using brochures or by searching on the Internet, giving them chance to develop skills for the future in budgeting and booking a holiday.

HOLIDAY TASK REVISED

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Lovehearts reading and writing task

14 Jan

PEOPLE LOVEHEART

This mini project revolves around packets of Loveheart sweets and includes reading, writing, speaking and listening and a little bit of basic maths.

Students work through the different challenges from opening the sweets and identifying their features to writing descriptively about what they taste like and researching information about the history of Lovehearts, you could also try this with Skittles.

Thanks to Maggie Harnew for the original idea which was posted onto Skillsworkshop, just click on the link below to access the resource.

LOVE HEARTS TASK

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Projects for assessing combined English skills

11 Jan

WWW MAGNIFYING GLASS

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.

HAPPINESS SURVEY POSTERS
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY TASK TM
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY ANSWERS TM
A WORRIED NATION POSTER
A WORRIED NATION TASK TM
A WORRIED NATION TASK ANSWERS TM

Dictionary tasks

20 Sep

DICTIONARY SKILLS

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.

DICTIONARY THESAURUS MINI TASK KS GH

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Mini reading task – Infographic on gadget ownership

18 Sep

GADGET INFOGRAPH READING ENTRY TM

This infograph from Comet on gadget ownership has been adapted for my students to test their reading skills at Entry Level.  Often Entry Level students find it difficult to concentrate on chunks of text so infographics offer a fantastic alternative and always grabs attention.

Students can start by discussing what gadgets they own and compare it to the tutor/teacher or they can discuss it at the end.  The versatility of this resource means that there’s discussion, reading, writing and the opportunity for the class to carry out their own research into ownership then present their findings in a visual format.

Just download the questions and answers below and thanks to Comet for the resource.

ENTRY INFOGRAPHIC READING QUESTIONS TM

ENTRY INFOGRAPHIC READING ANSWERS TM