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1 Student-created Practice Activities

2 Christians in ELT Conference, Hong Kong January 2012 Kitty B. Purgason Biola University Christians in ELT Conference, Hong Kong January 2012 Kitty B. Purgason Biola University

3 Student-created Practice Activities Focus: beginning or intermediate students, all four skills Context: busy teachers, scarce resources, limited photocopies Principle: students get practice while they’re creating materials (usually listening or reading) AND while they’re using the materials (usually speaking or writing). Focus: beginning or intermediate students, all four skills Context: busy teachers, scarce resources, limited photocopies Principle: students get practice while they’re creating materials (usually listening or reading) AND while they’re using the materials (usually speaking or writing).

4 Listen and Draw: Which one?

5 Listen and Draw: Find the differences

6 Practice-Draw-Practice: Cards for Pairwork

7 A: [pick a card] Do you like to ___? B: Yes/no. (Add a reason.) B: [pick a card] Do you want to ___? A: [pick another card] No, I’d rather ___. A: [pick a card] Do you like to ___? B: Yes/no. (Add a reason.) B: [pick a card] Do you want to ___? A: [pick another card] No, I’d rather ___.

8 Practice-Draw-Practice: Cards for Pairwork Do you like to __? I like ___. I don’t like ___. Do you want to ___? Can you ___? I used to ___. We’re going to ___. I never/usually/often ___. Last summer I ___ed. Do you like to __? I like ___. I don’t like ___. Do you want to ___? Can you ___? I used to ___. We’re going to ___. I never/usually/often ___. Last summer I ___ed.

9 Listen and write: Dictation-based exercises Two levels of students, beginning and intermediate. 3x5 cards. Beginners, write the words. Intermediates, write the sentences. Use the set for “memory” game. Two levels of students, beginning and intermediate. 3x5 cards. Beginners, write the words. Intermediates, write the sentences. Use the set for “memory” game.

10 Listen and write: Dictation-based exercises Memory game

11 Listen and write: Dictation-based exercises Vocabulary quiz What everyone starts What intermediates What beginners with: write: write: Vocabulary quiz What everyone starts What intermediates What beginners with: write: write:

12 Listen and write: Dictation-based exercises A quiz to take Questions to discuss Questions to write answers to A conversation to practice Cue cards for role plays Etc. A quiz to take Questions to discuss Questions to write answers to A conversation to practice Cue cards for role plays Etc.

13 Read and write: Handwriting + proofreading + cloze Can money buy happiness? All over the world, life satisfaction rises with income, but income is not necessarily highly correlated with positive feelings and enjoying yourself, new research indicates. An analysis of findings from a study of 136,000 people in 132 countries also suggests that there is no single prescription for happiness, which depends on many factors, including local culture and expectations. Does money make you happy? It all depends on how you define happiness. Can money buy happiness? All over the world, life satisfaction rises with income, but income is not necessarily highly correlated with positive feelings and enjoying yourself, new research indicates. An analysis of findings from a study of 136,000 people in 132 countries also suggests that there is no single prescription for happiness, which depends on many factors, including local culture and expectations. Does money make you happy? It all depends on how you define happiness.

14 Read and write: Handwriting + proofreading + cloze Can money buy happiness? All over the world, life satisfaction rises with income, but income is not necessarily highly __________ with positive feelings and enjoying yourself, ______ research indicates. An analysis of findings _______a study of 136,000 people in 132 ________ also suggests that there is no ________ prescription for happiness, which depends on ________factors, including local culture and expectations. ________ money make you happy? It all _________ on how you define happiness. Can money buy happiness? All over the world, life satisfaction rises with income, but income is not necessarily highly __________ with positive feelings and enjoying yourself, ______ research indicates. An analysis of findings _______a study of 136,000 people in 132 ________ also suggests that there is no ________ prescription for happiness, which depends on ________factors, including local culture and expectations. ________ money make you happy? It all _________ on how you define happiness.

15 Read and write: Various kinds of practice

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17 Cut and paste: Games with magazine picture cards 1. Students cut pictures out as directed and paste them on 3x5 cards, or old sets of playing cards. 2. Students engage in communicative activities or games with the cards. 1. Students cut pictures out as directed and paste them on 3x5 cards, or old sets of playing cards. 2. Students engage in communicative activities or games with the cards.

18 Cut and paste: Games with magazine picture cards Students in groups of 4. Set of 24 cards face down. Take turns and pick a card. Make a sentence: Beginners: He/she likes ______. Intermediates: He/she likes _____ because… Students in groups of 4. Set of 24 cards face down. Take turns and pick a card. Make a sentence: Beginners: He/she likes ______. Intermediates: He/she likes _____ because…

19 Record, transcribe, edit: Refining language 1. Students record themselves. 2. Ss listen to the recording and transcribe what they hear. 3. Ss look at the transcription and mark any errors they notice. 4. Ss try the speaking task again. 1. Students record themselves. 2. Ss listen to the recording and transcribe what they hear. 3. Ss look at the transcription and mark any errors they notice. 4. Ss try the speaking task again.

20 Read and write: Creating our own books 1. Teacher gives students guidelines for writing. 2. Students write (and illustrate). 3. Teacher staples the pages into a booklet. 4. Booklets are exchanged for reading in a later class. 1. Teacher gives students guidelines for writing. 2. Students write (and illustrate). 3. Teacher staples the pages into a booklet. 4. Booklets are exchanged for reading in a later class.

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