Images and ideas about teaching and learning in TESOL.

How do you engender post-task reflection? 
The power of Post-it notes! 

Image courtesy of my ESP class, June 2013.

Have you ever tried using Post It notes to encourage learners to share their ideas collectively? For example, after a task, choose three categories for learners to reflect on. Draw three circles on the board and name each category. Distribute 3 post-it notes to each student and have learners write a note for each category. Let them know their notes will be shared. Alternatively, you can have circles prepared on a PPT slide in advance to "plan" for reflection to pop up as well.  Tip - Low Resource Option: Paper strips of recycled paper work equally well with categories spaced out over three desks.

Having the circles pre-prepared on a powerpoint is a great way to "plan" for reflection as well. 

Having the circles pre-prepared on a powerpoint is a great way to "plan" for reflection as well. 

Applying Bloom's Taxonomy to Critical Thinking

25 Question Stems linked to Blooms Taxonomy, a great visual courtesy of Kris McElroy's Pinterest page.

25 Question Stems linked to Blooms Taxonomy, a great visual courtesy of Kris McElroy's Pinterest page.

"What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson?"

Edutopia blogger, Rebecca Alber, asks us to consider the difference and shares 6 classic strategies for scaffolding lessons and learning in this post.



Image courtesy: Ms Houser's 8 Strategies for ELLs http://bit.ly/16yiXe1

“Motivation is one of those things like justice or world peace, we all know _______” 

Watch ELT author, Ken Wilson’s talk on learner motivation to complete the sentence. To learn more about L2 motivation, visit Dorneyi’s website here: http://www.zoltandornyei.co.uk/

Image courtesy: Get Inspired! on Pinterest

Image courtesy: Get Inspired! on Pinterest

 

 

Using Bloom's Taxonomy in the Language Classroom

Three great resources and links to other printibles for using Bloom's Taxonomy in the classroom:

Krathwohl's article describing Bloom's taxonomy in the language classroom
Teaching resources for implementing Bloom's taxonomy
Larry Ferlazzo's resources for helping EFL teachers use Blooms

Want to get a sense for learners' real English needs?

Ask learners to write a film scene of their current or future lives using English! Post them around the room for learners to read and put a sticker on the ones that are 'also true for them'. Lots of options here for creative needs analysis. Film Scene tool below courtesy of the NOUS Group: http://bit.ly/18vaB86

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Keen to encourage critical discussion in your next graph descriptions lesson?

Try these two resources!

What if the world were 100 people? An interesting look at data as percentages.  

A fantastic TED Talk on Data Visualisation  by talented infographic artist David McCandless.

Want to teach your writers the art of elaboration?
Click on the grey words on this amazing website and watch the magic happen!

Keen to brush up on your pronunciation terminology? Click on the image to learn more!

Keen to brush up on your pronunciation terminology? Click on the image to learn more!