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Taboo in the Class!

Last year, I had one hour of free time in my two classes. Then I thought to make my students create something for themselves. That’s how I came up with the idea which was to make them prepare their own taboo cards! 🙂

I gave them small note cards and asked them to find 4 words from their coursebooks which was at elementary level at that time. I also asked them to find 3 words which were related to each main word and write them. The instruction was simple: Write these words and then bring them to me to check. They had 50 minutes to finish their task. If their words were the same with someone else, they were going to change them. Then, I added some energetic songs to our classroom environment and they started preparing those. During the lesson, they brought their words and I checked. Some of them found great words!

At the end of the lesson, I collected those cards. The next day, I did the same task with my other class. Then, I copied all of these words on the computer and printed them out. The last stage was puttig those taboo cards on colorful cardboards. Everything was ready!

The following week, we played it in the class. I divided the classroom into two groups consisting of 8 people. I explained the taboo rules and asked them if they wanted to add any other rules. They added one rule and we started playing it. You know what? It was fun! They loved it! While they were playing, sometimes they were saying “Who wrote this word for God’s sake?!” 😀 My answer was simple: You and your friends. Everything was their responsibility and their product.

If you have any free time in the class, you can try making your students prepare those cards. The result will be great 🙂 The age or level doesn’t matter. Just do it!

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SLTEP Pre-Service Event at METU

On October 17, I shared my experiences with my prospective colleagues. It was really nice to be there with them and see the gleam in their eyes!

You can find my presentation here: Riding a Flying Carpet in Teaching_ 

Reflection:

I spoke too much and I tried to share a lot in such a limited time. Thus, it was a bit boring, I guess. I should learn to manage time during those presentations 🙂 However, at the end of the presentation, a few people from my audience came and talked to me which made me so content.

A brand new experience 🙂

 

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Movie Club

I was teaching something about education in my class last week. There was a question in the book: Do you know any movies on education? When I asked this to my students, I realized that they are really into watching something. I stuck a blank sheet on the wall and asked them to write their movie suggestions there to share with their friends. Then I suddenly asked myself: Why don’t we watch these movies at school after classes? I shared this idea with my students immediately and said that we could stay at school one afternoon and watch one of the movies both from the list and included in top 250 movies in IMDb list. They loved the idea and agreed! 🙂

We started our “Movie Club” with that step. We held our first movie session last Thursday with “Snatch” by Guy Ritchie. We used English subtitles while watching. This Thursday, I mean yesterday, we watched “A Beautiful Mind” and they loved it! By the way, I share the movie I choose on Monday or Tuesday and they decide if they want to watch it or not. It’s not obligatory 🙂

I think these kinds of activities are helpful ways to improve their general knowledge, language skills and our communication with each other. My students are from the preparatory classes of English Language Teaching and English Language and Literature departments so they can understand English subtitles- at least they do their best to understand 🙂 They are also aware of the fact that they need more general knowledge so they are willing to join our movie days. I can suggest this if you have a chance. It works 😉

As for the third week, I am planning to choose either “The Shawhank Redemption” or “Pulp Fiction”. I haven’t decided yet. The best movie of all times or a Tarantino movie? A difficult decision is waiting for me! movie_club

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Appreciation at work?

One of the most important motivational problems is appreciation at work. In fact, we want to be appreciated not only in our private lives but also in work environment.

We can achieve the first one by sharing our feelings with the people around us by letting them know we would like to get credit for our positive attitudes and actions. It is not so difficult as it may seem at the beginning. You can ask the people around you whether they are content with your behaviours and get the feedback immediately. If you think that this is too direct to do, you may show your appreciation to them. Then, they can follow your way and give you feedback 🙂

When the case is work environment, it is much more difficult to be appreciated. To be honest, I believe that people appreciate each other in the work environment but they are afraid of sharing this.  There can be  many underlying reasons of that, yet I think the most important one is the fear of making the other person flattered. We are jealous of each other as human beings so this is natural. However, we shouldn’t forget that everybody needs to know they are precious for a reason. Everybody needs feedback and guidance related to the way they do their jobs. Although everybody needs this, teachers are more dependent on this. We, as teachers, need to see appreciation; otherwise, we can find ourselves fighting against burnout syndrome. If you want to be appreciated as a teacher but don’t know how to do, please check the link below 🙂 There are some tips for us!

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-finding-appreciation-work-elena-aguilar

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Some pronunciation tips ;)

As I am not a native speaker of English, I sometimes have difficulty in teaching pronunciation. In order to overcome that problem, I watch lots of TV series and videos to improve my pronunciation and fluency. I have improved my skills; however, I still don’t believe that I am good at teaching pronunciation to my students 😦 . Therefore, I always search for new suggestions to help me related to pronunciation. Last night, while I was checking busy teacher, I came across great tips for pronunciation. I immediately shared it with my students and then decided to share it here, too.

 

If you, as a teacher, a student, or just a language learner, have been experiencing the same problem, you had better check the link below 😉

http://busyteacher.org/21353-7-secret-pronunciation-rules.htmlurl

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Energiser!

Today, I was too tired to do something in the class and I needed some energy! Then, I decided to use the energiser in my pocket 🙂 I took my students outside and we had so much fun. Having a video of the activity was suggested by one of my students by the way. I would like to add that I got permission from my students to share the video here 😉 Finally, I am the one who is giving instructions 😀 (There are a few Turkish words; apologies for that.)

 

There were cars and people passing by but I realized that while watching the video 😀

I am so lucky to have such willing students to do something new all the time. They inspire me every single day! Thank you guys!

 

Here is the link:

 

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Reflection: Getting the whole class talking activities

I had shared a poster on October 10 related to speaking activities and promised to share my experience with you. Now that I have time, I can do this 🙂  (https://pelinkucukk.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/getting-the-whole-class-talking/)

I used the second activity-the experts- in the poster last week. My students had a lot of fun thanks to it! I explained the process and then asked for volunteers. There were five volunteers! We arranged the class as if it was a TV show and they were guest speakers in my show. The rest of the students were the audience of the show 🙂 I took the experts outside for a few minutes so that we were going to decide their field of expertise with the audience. The audience chose a topic: Relationships. Then, I called the experts and others asked their questions. It was an enjoyable and easy activity to be used in class since the experts weren’t stressful. I asked my students’ opinions after finishing the activity and they said they enjoyed it and want to use it again the class! 🙂 After getting that positive feedback, I used the activity with another class and they said they loved the activity, too! So guys, I can suggest you to use it in your classes 🙂

 

 

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Another fun energiser

In my previous post, I had mentioned a speaking activity which I was planning to use today; however, I changed my mind in the morning. Therefore, I can’t give you feedback related to it for now. When I try it, I will share my comments here.

I want to share another energiser activity today. It is really fun to use 🙂 For this energiser, I take my students out of the building to give them more space for the activity. I especially use it in the morning since most of the students are sleepy at that time of the day. However, you can also use it towards to end of the day to make your students energetic and ready to concentrate on the lesson again. Please have a look at the video below to understand the procedure not to make your students confused 🙂

By the way, I especially love the last part 🙂 Students are dancing and jumping around! The most important thing is nobody is sleepy after the energiser. If you use the activity with your students, please share your comments here.

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Getting the whole class talking

I know it is Friday and nobody wants to hear anything related to work now but you can use these activities any time you wish. If you have free time in your class like 45-50 minutes, you can make use of these activities. The time depends on your students’ level and number so you can arrange the time for your own use.

Here is a poster for speaking activities in your classroom. There are three different activities and all of them can be fun to use in classroom environment. Since they require involvement of all students, nobody will get bored during them 🙂 I have just found this poster so haven’t experienced it yet. However, I believe everybody can get fun! I’m planning to use them as soon as possible and that means Monday. I’m looking forward to seeing my students’ reaction and feedback 🙂

The poster is prepared by http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk. You can use the link below to see and download the poster.

Poster

HAPPY FRIDAY

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An energiser

I love using energising activities in my classes. They are university students; however, they still love doing something physically. Last year, I explored the video below and since then, I have been using it in my classes. I don’t prefer class environment for it. Instead of class, I take my students out of the building and we do it all together. It is a very fun activity for all age groups!

 

If you like trying new and enjoyable activities in your class, you may have a look at the link below. Also, if you happen to use, please use the comment section to share your ideas and experience 🙂