Feb. 6 #LINCchat  Best Short Activities for Language Learnin
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> How about a piece of music/ pop song. We used them in our resources course. I find Sir Paul always has something that speaks to me!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Yes, a song can be a simple listening exercise, too. I like thematic / seasonal Canadian content. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upsZZ2s3xv8">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upsZZ2s3xv8</a><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> The video with that is absolutely hilarious.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> Vicky, could you give an example of how it could be used/set up?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> Most pop songs have one simple message. Find one that goes with the topic of the day. Discuss who it's for, emotion that goes with it.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> It's nice to set up a dictation with just a verse of a song. With YouTube you can slow it down, too. There is also the chance to spot the difference with auto-generated closed captions.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> Music is very effective in setting the tone of he lesson, lifting one's spirit, and it's memorable.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> I sometimes use a peer survey as a warmer in order to activate prior knowledge, prime the brain to the topic</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/capontedehanna">@capontedehanna</a> What’s the advantage?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> For my literacy learners, low cognitive burden b/c already familiar and provides practice in all 4 skills</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> Kelly, could you give an example of what it may look like?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Yes, Svetlana, I can. Here is a blog post. <a href="https://joyofesl.blogspot.ca/2015/05/peer-surveys.html">https://joyofesl.blogspot.ca/2015/05/peer-surveys.html</a></div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> For the first days of a new term, I use a different getting-to-know your-name activity every day. It's a fun warm-up and icebreaker in one.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Would love more details, Bonnie.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Here's a list of activities for getting to know students' names as well as a PowerPoint template for the names test we have the first or second week of term. <a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XKLs_maTmabGPGSQkFqq2_T3gYIazazK">https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XKLs_maTmabGPGSQkFqq2_T3gYIazazK</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> How about 4 corners? The 4 corners of the room are marked with strongly agree, agree, disagree &amp; strongly disagree. T presents opinion on a topic. Ss move to one of the corners &amp; discuss.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Love it!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> I like it in theory but it depends on the class chemistry as some will always gravitate toward their friends' corner.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/gabyG_jolie">@gabyG_jolie</a> Say 3 things about yourself...2 truths and 1 untruth, all students take part. All guess which 2 are true and which one is false</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/MitziTerzo">@MitziTerzo</a> Love that !</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> This is something I do as part of our learning each other's names activities. It's a lot of fun but many students find it hard to lie, even in fun.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/capontedehanna">@capontedehanna</a> love this idea also good to introduce fake news - not all that sounds true is!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I hadn't thought of that aspect but great idea</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/capontedehanna">@capontedehanna</a> Yeah! So many teachable moments.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/MccluskeyDawn">@MccluskeyDawn</a> I don't know if it's a Maritime "thing " or not, but we always started the day with the weather-so much variation to that topic here…</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> The weather is universal!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Weather is a Canadian thing. I sometimes do a quick review of the relevant weather vocabulary for the day's conditions - icy and slippery are important words to know in Canada!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a>And wind chill!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> And . . . we're into pronunciation and deleted sounds in consonant clusters. This is how short activities can morph into longer activities.</div><div><br></div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Write this on the board and have students dig out a text we studied before. Choose a sentence and <a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL/status/961063078539530240/photo/1">https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL/status/961063078539530240/photo/1</a></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> I love this, Kelly! I've used this many times to revisit a listening we've done.Thanks again for sharing!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I tried something similar for the first time this term with my CLB 5L class. They loved it!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> My colleague used it with her 3/4 for the first time recently. They didn't want to stop.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> No prep doesn't mean no thought.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> Favourite no-prep pretask is a ranking activity related to the main task of the lesson. E.g. 1. What are some foods you want to try to cook? 2. Rank from probably difficult to probably easy</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Nice activity! Thanks for sharing, Marc.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> It's a pleasure. I always need something to help build language and assess it without looking like I'm spoonfeeding.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/GeoffreyJordan">@GeoffreyJordan</a>A. Brainstorm things in the news. Politics, economics, international, home affairs, human stories, sport, other. Put them on whiteboard B. Groups of 3 - pick 1 of the items. Prepare i) Background ii) The story; iii) Your opinion C. Each group presents its news item. Class discuss.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> Word Tennis is one I like. You can do that with any topic, or sound to practice pronunciation.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Oooooh, what is Word Tennis???</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> Please elaborate:)</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> For example, choose a vowel sound Ss have trouble with /ae/. In pairs, each S takes turns to say a word with that sound. You can make rules like 5 seconds each &amp; words can't be repeated.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> Sounds like a lot of fun!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> Do you use the pronunciation symbols or sample words? (cat, what, car, etc)?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> It depends on the level and the students. For lower levels, I don't use the IPA symbols, but for higher level, I might.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> Ss quiz each other on vocabulary cards/notes. Gets competitive sometimes. Also helps review for absentees and exposure to other vocab not noted.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/MitziTerzo">@MitziTerzo</a> I use vocabulary cards too. Ss make sentences against the clock</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Don't we all! That's why I love these twitter chats; everyone is so generous in sharing their good practices and ideas.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> I find it a bit stressful if it's timed</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> The clock is important. Ss have to learn to speak in real time. That is one of the hardest parts of L2.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> Good to get overthinkers producing more quickly sometimes.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I always have index cards from the dollar store for exit tickets; writing one question, writing one thing you've learned, etc.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> for big vocab review, pass out the words--3 to each pair. They must write a story that incorporates the 3 unrelated terms</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/DawnTorvik">@DawnTorvik</a> I have 5 large envelopes attached to the door labeled Mom - Fri. Pop small slips of paper in each morning. Could review yesterday’s vocabulary or grammar point. Ss do this first thing daily. </div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> We can't keep anything in our classroom; I wonder if there's a platform where I could do this online?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> How about a Padlet? Blog?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/DawnTorvik">@DawnTorvik</a> I’m not sure. It’s a nice way for those who arrive 15 min early to get reading and speaking. They help each other. It’s also a something Ss refer to when they need to find the spelling. We use computers once a week so “online” wouldn’t work for my group.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> I've just tried this review game (shared by <b><a href="https://twitter.com/gianfrancocont9">@</a></b><a href="https://twitter.com/gianfrancocont9">gianfrancocont9</a> ) with my class: <a href="https://twitter.com/gianfrancocont9/status/957620635324203009">https://twitter.com/gianfrancocont9/status/957620635324203009</a>. It’s called “Steal the card”. </div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> How did it go? any tips for someone who is planning to try it next time?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Speaking of Gianfranco Conti, I am really enjoying being a member of Global Innovative Language Teachers on FB</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Me too! I highly recommend this group for any one on Facebook and involved in speaking. They help each other. It’s also a something Ss refer to when they need to find the spelling. We use computers once a week so “online” wouldn’t work for my group.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> for general review, I like Jeopardy now and then, but not too often</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I think the gamification of learning could be a whole other topic for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LINCchat">#LINCchat</a>. How many games? How often? What kinds?</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/DawnTorvik">@DawnTorvik</a> I love laughter in the classroom but I seem to play fewer games now that we’ve added PBLA.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> There is less laughter among my colleagues, too, since the advent of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PBLA">#PBLA</a>. </div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/capontedehanna">@capontedehanna</a> Gamification is another term for making it fun but challenging to reach the next level where students feel and see the rewards: <a href="https://gamingandeducationengagementinlearning.com/2014/05/13/13-principles-of-gaming-from-james-gee/">https://gamingandeducationengagementinlearning.com/2014/05/13/13-principles-of-gaming-from-james-gee/</a>.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/DawnTorvik">@DawnTorvik</a> Just reviewed comparatives. Ss sit in large circle. Empty chair beside me. I ask S to sit beside me because he is ___er than me. He moves. Now person to the right of empty chair asks S to come over.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/capontedehanna">@capontedehanna</a> Penny Urr &amp; Andrew Wright’s classic 5 min activities are <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fun">#fun</a> to adapt at any level. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Five-Minute-Activities-Resource-Cambridge-Handbooks/dp/0521397812">https://www.amazon.com/Five-Minute-Activities-Resource-Cambridge-Handbooks/dp/0521397812</a></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I got out my copy before tonight's </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> A good book for low-prep activities is Teaching Unplugged</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaSL</a> Kelly, have you seen this book? <a href="https://t.co/RPrkYY5Pmd">http://the-round.com/resource/52/</a></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> OH, no! Thank you for this!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> I love it. I have used a lot of the activities. Also check Paul Walsh <a href="https://twitter.com/josipa74">@josipa74</a> 'At Work' for work-based activities with adult learners. <a href="http://the-round.com/resource/at-work/">http://the-round.com/resource/at-work/</a> </div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/gabyG_jolie">@gabyG_jolie</a> I like to use them (those which include humor) to break the routine</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> I strategically place short activities to break up longer stretches of taxing work.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> I integrate short activities for intro/review into my lesson planning, but I also use them as fillers and/or energizers</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Yes, I need energizing activities in literacy</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> Definitely. It's a good habit to take a look at the shape of your day and anticipate when you might need to integrate a short activity to break things up</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> When I said it was time for a break yesterday, one of the students said, "Already?" Success!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/StanzaSL">@StanzaS</a> Definitely success!</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/vislief">@vislief</a> Short activity as a transition to new topic</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I often plan a short, fun activity for Friday afternoon, when everyone is tired. <a href="https://twitter.com/StacyNorrbom">@StacyNorrbom</a> introduced me to speed Scrabble - no gameboard &amp; everyone plays against themselves. I went around to the thrift shops &amp; bought 6 games so I have the tiles &amp; tile racks.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Students make mini-crosswords on the table, drawing from the pile as needed. It can be competitive or just fun. There are variations; Google "speed Scrabble". Oh, and I cleaned out all the Scrabble games from the west-end thrift stores a couple of weeks ago. Good luck!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I just looked up bananagrams and it is very similar; simple rules, quick to play and easy to learn</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/MitziTerzo">@MitziTerzo</a> For Friday aft, I like to plan a conversation, a short spontaneous dialogue incorporating some of our new vocabulary . I love to hear them speak!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/gabyG_jolie">@gabyG_jolie</a> best sound ever, listening to my students </div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/DawnTorvik">@DawnTorvik</a> if there’s 10 minutes before the end of class, Ss can ask me absolutely any question. I’ll answer as long as it’s correctly formed. (Sometimes the answer is “I’d rather not say”:)</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I've done this too. One of my colleagues has a "parking lot" where students can write questions that don't need immediate answers; she pulls and answers these questions when she has a few minutes to fill.</div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> the flyswatter game</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/MccluskeyDawn">@MccluskeyDawn</a> We used Quizlet on the Smartboard as a warm-up. Ss enjoyed the interactive elements of it</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Have you tried <a href="https://twitter.com/quizlet">@quizlet</a> Live? It's a lot of fun too.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I think the teacher account <a href="https://twitter.com/quizlet">@quizlet</a> is worth every penny. Quizlet Live, record your own voice on your study sets, and (best of all!) no ads on your content</div><div><br></div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> I heard Laurel Pollard (author of Zero Prep Activities for All Levels) at</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/BCTEAL">@BCTEAL</a> a couple of years ago - in fact, that's the workshop where I met</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> F2F for the first time.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> I remember that <a href="https://twitter.com/bcteal">@bcteal</a> session well! :) Lots of good ideas there!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/bcteal">@bcteal</a> Laurel did an amazing job as our plenary in 2016. She is welcome back any time! Until then, check out the handouts on her website for some activity ideas! <a href="http://www.laurelpollard.com/workshops/">http://www.laurelpollard.com/workshops/</a> </div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> Everyone sits in a circle. The T starts, "Change seats if . . .you're wearing red." Everyone who is wearing red changes seats and the T also takes a seat. The S without a seat gives the next command. You can use it to review anything</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/capontedehanna">@capontedehanna</a> Assigning random numbers e.g e.g 1-5 and get the class moving finding their groups chaos with a purpose</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/DawnTorvik">@DawnTorvik</a> Scattegories. I make the categories (clothing, food, place, past verb for example) Ss work in groups. I choose a letter and they think of a word for each category that starts with that letter. Lots of laughter with my level 2s.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> Brainstorm a list of situations/problems in a given domain, role play the one you roll a dice for. Works well with RPG dice</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> Never thought of gamifying this. Thanks for sharing!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/11thhourspecial">@11thhourspecial</a> I was never much of a Gamification person till last year. </div> s4.thingpic.com
<div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> At the last TESL Canada conference, I learned about <a href="https://twitter.com/kenlackman">@kenlackman</a> 's low prep resources </div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyOfESL">@JoyOfESL</a> Ken is good</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Here's another topic for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LINCchat">#LINCchat</a>: content curation / organizing all the great ideas from conferences. I'd forgotten about this. </div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/jennifermchow">@jennifermchow</a> Participating in this <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LINCchat">#LINCchat</a> helped me remember the great ideas.</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/EALStories">@EALStories</a> Thanks, Kelly. I just followed him so I won't forget!</div><div><a href="https://twitter.com/MitziTerzo">@MitziTerzo</a> Just followed him too.</div> s4.thingpic.com

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