Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, This and that, Useful activities

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 🙂

 

Posted in For fun, Reflections & Career Development, This and that, Useful activities

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

Posted in Useful activities

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 🙂

 

 

Posted in Upcoming webinar announcements

Using comics in the EFL classroom

While I was checking the latest webinars, I came across this webinar announcement. I have always thought of using comics in my classes but I haven’t come up with a creative idea and opportunity yet. That’s why, I am curious about the content and looking forward to learning more about the topic.

Comics are parts of students’ lives so using them in our classes may help us to motivate our students and make them participate in the lessons more willingly 🙂 The presenter says that he is going to share materials for all ages and levels which makes the webinar more beneficial. The webinar will be held on November 5, 2014.

All you need to do is:

1. Click on the link below.

2. Become a member (free)

3. Wait for the webinar time 🙂

From webinar description:

“Using comics in the EFL classroom is a terrific way to incorporate the target language in a fun, engaging way. This webinar will demonstrate the universality of comics for any language classroom, showing how multi-skill comic activities can be used with students of all ages and ability levels. Webinar participants will experience several materials they can use in their own classrooms: they will learn how to use comics as an effective, real-world formative assessment measure and as a springboard for vocabulary and grammar acquisition. ”

 

http://shapingenglish.ning.com/events/webinar-14-5-using-comics-in-the-efl-classroom-with-james-whiting

Posted in Useful activities

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.

Posted in Useful activities

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 🙂