Saturday, 28 May 2011

Oxford Teacher's Day for Language Schools - Business Session

Business is Booming
  • practical activities for the  business English classroom and beyond.

Word of the Day
Aim: to review vocabulary from  previous lessons
  • Teacher gives each student a word at the beginning of the lesson.
  • Students don’t show each other the word.
  • Give students time to look up word.
  • Student has to try to use the word as many times in the lesson.
Extension – Students try to guess each other’s words.
Video Commentary
Aim: to practice giving presentations.
  • Brainstorm information about  the subject of the video.
  • Watch the video – sound down, make notes of what you can see.
  • Work in pairs, write a commentary.
  •  Perform the presentation over the top of the video.
Alternative – if you have a large class get each  pair to write a different minutes worth of commentary.
Video Bingo
Aim: to review vocabulary, to listen for specific words.
  • Put words from script on the board.
  • Ask students to draw grid and put in words
  • Play video, students cross off words when they hear them.
For one – one – give students words from script in jumbled order,  get student to number the words in the order they hear them.
Functions Mill Dril
Aim; to drill phrases – pronunciation practice.
  • Give out the sentences on a slip of paper.
  • Students stand up and move around. They say their sentence, then swap paper and move on.
  • Repeat activity this time students need to respond to the phrase their partner says.
For one-one – take it in turns to read the sentences from a pile of paper.
Alternative – have questions and replies and the students find their partner.
Party Quirks
Aim: to add fun to a role play.
  • Set up a role play , assign students roles
  • Give students a ‘hidden quirk’.
  • Ask them to do the role play but try to act it with the hidden quirk. Their partner has to guess the quirk.
Aim: to add fun to a gap fill, to get students to read through words when doing a gap fill, to get students to think about how knowing the part of speech can help with them do a gap fill
  • Choose a suitable text - either make gaps or use the existing gaps
  • Read out the parts of speech that are missing and ask students to write down their own words.
  • Show student the text and ask them to put the words in the text and read it.
  • The do the gap fill as you normally would.
Aim: to get some feedback on your teaching in an informal way to help you plan lessons that suit your students.
·         Ask the students to review what has been done in the last few lessons.
·         Ask them to rate what they found useful, not very useful, what they liked, what they didn’t like.
·         Get feedback. 

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