It's about connecting what we do in class with what we do outside of the classroom. Russell is particularly interested in using technology outside of the class and is always looking for ways of getting students to do more speaking practice. It's so easy nowadays for students to record themselves and send the recording to the teacher. This webinar focused on three ways to do this.
How do we 'connect' our classrooms through speaking activities?
- Prepare the speaking activities in the class, but get students to do the recordings at home.
- The key is motivation - this requires thorough preparation and practising the speaking activity in class. Vocabulary, grammar, structures, etc. should all be practised.
- Start by sharing a recording of your own with the class.
- The more you connect the class part of the activity with the homework part, the better the students tend to do with the recordings.
- Plan the whole lesson, including the homework, as one.
- Providing personal information
- Talking about a best friend
- Talking about your daily routine
- Making a 'shopping channel' recording, e.g. selling your telephone
- Describing an object which is important to you
- Talking about a picture
- Sharing a timeline of your life (or the life of a famous person)
- Students can work on their recordings at their own pace and repeat the activity as often as they need to.
- Students get to speak English outside of the classroom.
- They are useful for students to build up a portfolio of their work (particularly good for showing improvements in speaking ability over time).
- They are great for encouraging students to be more autonomous and to take responsibility for their own learning.
- They are useful for assessments.
- They are a great way to practise for external exams.
- They can be used for individual students, pairs or, even, small groups.
- Have students got access to the internet?
- Have they been given enough guidance to make the recordings?
- Do they have an appropriate framework to work with?
- What are you going to do about giving feedback? You could give general feedback to the whole class and then play the best examples in class (with the students' permission) or you could try using peer evaluation.