Saturday, 13 October 2018

MORE ABOUT STORYTELLING...

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In my last post, CLICK HERE to read it, I dealt with an activity in which our students have to create stories from images or different prompts.

Today, I'd like to set some important aspects about this kind of activity, and analyse why storytelling is an ideal resource to develop and improve EFL students' skills.

Why is STORYTELLING such a amazing activity?
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Telling stories in our digital era has turned into a powerful tool for our EFL classroom. There are many benefits which justify the use of this unlimited resource:

  • It provides students with motivation, fun, curiosity, and favourable skills for the learning process.
  • It helps us establish connections between contents, and also organise information.
  • It promotes a great amount of values to be worked on in the classroom.
  • It encourages the critical thought from story reflections.
  • It develops social skills such as the active listening and empathy.
  • It allows students to pay more attention and to get a higher concentration level. 
  • It generates a link between the teacher and students, by facilitating a more fluent communication and bidirectional interaction.
  • It contributes to a relaxed and participative work environment.
  • It stimulates students' creativity and imagination.
  • It causes an emotional involment which allows messages to be interpreted faster and in a deeper way.
There are many websites that can help us prepare a storytelling activity. However, I've listed what I do to make sure the activity to be a succesful one:

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BUT HOW?
  • Draw a grid on the board and then write one word in each box. The more complicated you want the activity, the bigger the grid will be. You can use vocabulary to be reviewed  together with new words. Try to include a mixture of words of any category to help students enrich the text.
  • Let students know that the activity goal is to create a story using all the words on the board. They can use whatever they want, but make sure they include all the written words.
  • The first time you do this kind of activity you ca use a model to be followed.
  • If students are high level, they will be able to generate their own vocabulary grid from textbook or classnotes.
  • This is an ideal activity for pairing.
WHAT ELSE?

    • Students can vote on the best stories at the end of the lesson, labelling different categories, such as
      •  the most creative story;
      • the most interesting story;
      • the funniest one;
      • the best-told story, etc.
    • They can also rewrite other groups' stories as a radio drama.
      • These can be recorded to be published as postcats.
      • Or be performed as a short play.
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    EVALUATION AND FEEDBACK

    After listening all their stories, I like to give students feedback on every aspect of the activity. I always write down anything they have to improve or correct, regarding, not only formal part of language, but also any aspect of performing.

    They get some notes from me after the first exposition of the story, so they can correct any aspect before the final recording or performing to an audience outside the class.



    I hope you and your students enjoy the experience as much as I do!!!!


    LET'S CREATE A STORY TOGETHER!!!!

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    Reading is a perfect activity to learn vocabulary, but why not to play to be writers o strorytellers?

    Recently, I've been brooding on how to make you, my students, create your own stories, and finally, I've come across a website which I've loved from the first time I saw it. 

    So, definitely, it was love at first sight!!!! 

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    This activitiy can be done to practise both, written or spoken language.

    Please, click HERE to visit this marvellous website, and we can then start to enjoy the amazing world of creating new stories!!!!!

    "WRITING IS EASY. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CROSS OUT THE WRONG WORDS."
    - MARK TWAIN.


    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    PBL (Proyect Based Learning)

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    I've just finished a very useful training course on PBL, and I have only wonderful words about the different things I've learnt to do.

    Although I've already used this type of methodology before, I didn't know exactly how it worked as a whole.

    So, I've made a decision and I'm going to make use of this methodology with some of my groups next term.

    I've prepared a type of handbook to have all the information close by.

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    https://drive.google.com/open?id=19ADY7uEAV8aEzdBlWludZJLzofXeyLfj

    Friday, 16 March 2018

    WORKING WITH READERS

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    Are you tired of preparing test on compulsory readers?

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    Every school year I try to think about different ways of assessing my students when working with compulsory readers. 
    This time, I've chosen a blend between compulsory reading in the classroom and oral presentation.

    Two years ago, I started a new idea, The Reading Corner, you can find the post about it HERE. It's once again putting together succesful results with my students. The only difference this year, is that they don't have to pass a test when they finish their books.

    What they have to do is just prepare a digital presentation about the book, and later, they have to explain it to their classmates.

    There are some requirements which their presentations have to follow in order to get a good mark:
    • Power points are forbidden.
    • Other digital apps have  to be used, such as GENIAL.LYPADLETCANVAVENNGAGEPREZIPIKTOCHART, etc.
    • The presentations have to contain the following points:
      • Title.
      • Author.
      • Genre.
      • Publisher.
      • Publishing date.
      • Characters.
      • Brief plot (without spoliers).
      • Historical context.
      • Location.
      • Personal opinion and recommendation.
    To evaluate their oral presentations I use a rubric which assesses different points, such as, accuracy (communication, use of English), fluency (pronunciation, intonation, volumen, no-hesitation, coherence, appropriateness), ICT resources, and other available resources for the project presentation.

    You can find some of my students' presentations on their readers below:






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    Thursday, 18 January 2018

    SOME USEFUL INFO ABOUT MODAL VERBS


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    Are you confused when working with modal verbs?
    Do you find problems to choose the right one?

    Let's see some useful tips to understand how they work:

    PERMISSION:
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    • We use can to ask for or give permission. 
    Can I sit here? / You can use my car if you like.
    • We use may or could to ask for or give permission in a more formal context or situation. 
    May I come in? / Could you pass me that notebook, please?
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    PROHIBITION:
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    • We use can't when something is against rurles or norms.
    You can't park here, sir.
    • We use mustn't  when the obligation comes from the person who is speaking.
    You mustn't speak when the teacher is speaking.
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    OBLIGATION:
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    Need to, must, and have to can be considered synonyms and mean that something is required or necessary. Although there are some slight differences among them:

    • Need to is the one that is more limited in meaning:
    1. It is used when an action should be done.

    I need to clean my dirty bedroom.

    2. When it is very important for someone to do something.

    She didn't want to go to the city, but she needed to buy some food.
    • Must and have to have broader meanings, and once again the difference between them is very small.
    1. We use have to when the obligation comes from somebody else. The speaker can't change that because it's a law or a rule.

    We have to wear an uniform at our school.

    She can't come to the party, because she has to travel tomorrow early in the morning.

    2. We use must to show that the obligation comes from the speaker. It isn't a rule or a law.

    I must call my grandfather tonight.

    You must come and visit us the next time you come to Seville.

    HOWEVER, BOTH (MUST & HAVE TO) CAN BE USED ALMOST INTERCHANGEABLY IN THE FOLLOWING CASES:

    1. When something is required or neccesary. We must / have to go to the post office.
    2. When something is required by law. You must / have to pay your taxes.
    3. When something is very probable. It must / has to be 45 degrees here.

    IN ALL THESE CASES, MUST IS MORE FORMAL THAN HAVE TO.
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    NO OBLIGATION:
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    • We use don't have to when there is no obligation to do something. It means that you can do something if you want, but it is not obligatory.
    We don't have to wear an uniform at our school. We can wear it if we want to but it's ok if we don't.

    Here there are some websites where you can practice these confusing modals:





    Let's finish with some examples of modal verbs in songs. ENJOY IT!!!!