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by beckibenedict
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:42 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Keeping students busy
Replies: 3
Views: 2630

I recommend more student talk time. If it is a conversation class, then the students are expecting to speak as much as possible. Rather than working in pairs, try assigning groups of 3-4 students. Give each student a role in the group , so everyone participates. Then, when it is time to report back ...
by beckibenedict
Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Conversation Classes
Replies: 3
Views: 2418

Are you in Japan? I've taught many of these classes with the same requests from students. You could try doing anonymous feedback in your next lesson. Simply ask them for comments and suggestions. If it were me, I think I would scrap the paper exercises and try to incorporate the same material as fee...
by beckibenedict
Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:03 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: BOISTEROUS STUDENT
Replies: 6
Views: 2614

I had a student like this a few years back. You definitely don't want to discourage the student. In fact, it would be nice if more students were as enthusiastic about learning English! I would try to keep the atmosphere as positive as possible. Mix up the groups each class, so everyone gets to know ...
by beckibenedict
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: HI everybody,
Replies: 1
Views: 1328

I've got a few at EFL Sensei: Prepositions. I hope you can find one that's helpful!
by beckibenedict
Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: 4H Class - have to kill time ...
Replies: 6
Views: 2384

Oh yes, I've also taken part in this style of "English cafe". It's set up so the students have a chance to casually speak English. I wouldn't try to teach anything or correct their errors. The more casual the better. Your only role is to be the foreigner and actual English speaker. I wouldn't worry ...
by beckibenedict
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Technology in the Classroom
Replies: 10
Views: 6364

Triptico is a fun, interactive resource. It has a student selector, student group maker, match it game, what's the question game, etc. You can input all the data for your class.
by beckibenedict
Wed May 01, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Activities to build listening skills?
Replies: 10
Views: 7649

I like to use music and videos. These are some good websites: EFLSensei: 9 ideas for using ESL video lessons Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab Video Clips: Video clips and comprehension questions. ESL Notes: Movie plot summary, a list of characters, vocabulary words, and cultural discussion topics. ...
by beckibenedict
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Some Advice on Large Classes
Replies: 55
Views: 78539

I also taught in China, however, my largest class size was 42 students. I found that putting the students into groups made it easier to teach. Within each group, each student was assigned a role, such as facilitator, notetaker, reporter, etc. This made each student accountable for something in the g...
by beckibenedict
Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: List of great web activities & games
Replies: 70
Views: 92734

You can add mine. It is free and has a variety of games including icebreakers, warmers, game boards, and conversation cards to practice communication.

http://www.eflsensei.com

Thanks for all the useful sites!
Becki
by beckibenedict
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: group work
Replies: 4
Views: 3146

I also like to use group work. In Asia, class sizes are often large, so using groups is essential. To prevent one student from doing all the work, I assign each student a role in his or her group. Using group roles increases the effectiveness of group work, keeps students on task, and encourages eac...
by beckibenedict
Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: First lesson with intermediate conversation class
Replies: 2
Views: 3687

I like to use an introduction dice game. It works well with 3 - 8 students. You need to make a rule for each number. I use around 20 conversation cards ( http://www.eflsensei.com/Introduction-Dice-Game/?path=3 ) and the following rules: 1. Take a card, answer the question 2. Ask the teacher an origi...