Small Town Multi-Level Classes
I teach in a small town. We only have classes once a week and they are very multi-level. Right now I'm teaching a LINC 5-8 (it's actually more of a LINC 4-9). Attendance is quite sporadic and you never know what level your class is going to be on any particular day. Using this courseware has opened up a whole new world for me. I can add links to YouTube videos or websites to help students who are not always able to come to class. If they miss a lesson, I can direct them to a video and they can catch up on their own time. This way they can come to class when they are able and they don't feel intimidated because they have missed so much.
Teaching students soft-skills that they will require within their work environment.
How to participate in meetings
When to be assertive
strategies for bloking interruption
Small talk at the cooler
Songs with lyrics
I include songs presented with lyrics in the webpage, as a treat for when people are finished early or when they are at home. Just look for your song in Youtube by entering its name or even a few of the words from it + "lyrics." I like this one (the lyrics appear after a second or two):
Using PoodLL for speaking activities is more user friendly and practical for both students and instructors. The recording quality is much clearer than Vocaroo.
Speaking and listening alternative tool
I use Voicethread as a superior and easy way to manage interactive dialogues such as asking and giving advice, commenting etc. I also use it to link to audio files that the server will not support due to their size. Students can listen or watch any kind of media as well as ask questions and comment on other students questions. You can also use for private teacher feedback to a student in an oral or written format. Great for pronunciation practice too . It costs $15 a month for the upgraded version but it's totally worth it for time saving measures and options in virtual class discussions. Go to www.voicethread.com to check it out!
PoodLL is a great voice communication tool and allows students to submit their recordings to the teacher. In addition, it allows the teacher to assess students' speaking skills.
Create custom word lists for each topic area (ie. weather words, housing words, etc.) on the VocabularySpellingCity website and create links to the lists in each topic area so that learners can practice the words over and over again, play games with the words and take practice spelling tests.
Starting a Forum Topic
On the Thursday before the weekend, 2 or 3 students are responsible to set up a forum topic with their opinion about it, related to the topic of study for the month. They are encouraged to be as controversial as they dare to elicit some response. Others are encouraged to respond. With 3 different topics, most students will find something to respond to. This is for a level 7 class, but could easily be used for levels 5 and higher.
Technology and SCORM
For so many of my LIFE students technology is a barrier. I like the SCORM activities because they are familiar activities but in a new format. Using them will introduce my students to blended learning gentlly.
Ted Talks for Listening Practice
<My students watch and listen to TED Talks on all sorts of topics and use it as a springboard for working on skills such as: taking notes, summarizing, paraphrasing and comprehension questions.