Teaching Tips and Resources

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Resources from Workshops

Resources from workshop by Wendy Larsen, English as an International Language Program, Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Tips from the Newsletter

Since 1997, "Teaching Tips" has been a popular section of the TESOLANZ Newsletter. These tips are now being collected and indexed so that members can find a wide range of communicative activities and warmers. You can click on the activity to find the page from the relevant edition.

You can also download the Index here as a Word document so you can sort it yourself to help find specific items.

Name

Focus

Type

Level

Month

Year

A What?

Pronunciation

W

March

1997

Back to the Board

Vocab

C

December

1997

Buttons for Stimulating Speech

Speaking

C

November

2001

Childhood Memories

Vocabulary / Speaking

W

March

1997

Communication Problems

Speaking

W

March

1997

Communicative Grammar Practice

Grammar

C

April

2002

Concordancer

Vocabulary

C

November

2001

Conversation (Towards Conversation)

Discussion

C

July

1997

Co-operative Activities (Vocabulary )

Vocabulary

C

November

2005

Dictations: Correction

Proofreading

C

April

2002

Dictations: Focus on Forms

Grammar

C

Lower

April

2002

Dictations: Pre-Dictation Activities

Listening / Grammar

C

Lower

April

2002

Dictations: Sentences / Whole Sentences (running dictations)

Listening / Writing

C

April

2002

Dictations: Whole Passage Prep

Reading

C

Lower

April

2002

Dictations: Word / Phrase based

Vocabulary /Grammar

C

April

2002

Draw a Word

Vocabulary

W

March

1997

Eliciting Game

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Gapfill

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Gift of the Gab

Speaking

W

March

1997

Giving Directions

Discussion

C

November

2005

Graded Readers

Reading

April

2003

How was your Weekend?

Vocabulary / Speaking

W

March

1997

I have ...who has?

Vocabulary

C

November

2005

Index cards

Vocabulary

W

July

1997

Last Letter (cards, ball)

Vocabulary

C

July

1997

Line Up

Sorting / -est

W

March

1997

Logical Puzzles: Family Tree

Discussion

C

November

2005

Logical Puzzles: How old is Each Person?

Discussion

C

November

2005

Lying continuously

Speaking

W

March

1997

Making Sentences

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Memory Dialogue

Reading / Discussion

C

Lower

July

1997

Modifying a Story

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Newspaper

Reading / Writing

C

April

2002

Newspaper

Speaking

C

Post Beg

April

2002

Newspaper

Reading

C

November

2001

Passing Go

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Pictionary

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Picture Discussion (newspaper)

Discussion

C

Lower

November

2005

Random Observations – Great teaching tips and ones to avoid

Teaching

N/A

All

November

2002

Scattergories

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Sold!

Speaking

W

March

1997

Sorting into Groups

Grammar

C

April

2002

Spelling Warmer

Spelling

W

March

1997

Split Narrative

Discussion

C

November

2005

Three Level Reading Guide

Reading

C

November

2002

Three, two, one, go! (cards)

Vocabulary (numbers)

C

Beg-low Int

July

1997

Topical Journals

Writing

April

2003

Vanishing Dialogues

Speaking

April

2003

Word Association

Vocabulary

C

December

1997

Type

C = Communicative Activity
W = Warmer or quick activity

Level

Only stated if given by the writer.

Beg(inner)
Elem(entary)
PI (Pre-Intermediate)
Int(ermediate)
Adv(anced)

 

 

 

"Weather or Not"excerpts reproduced by generous permission of the author, Yvonne Hynson

Lesson Material and Teaching Ideas submitted in support of Christchurch teachers after the Earthquake

Just in case you are not familiar with this book it follows high frequency vocabulary for each month in New Zealand and recycles them in discussions, readings and cultural exchange activities. I usually give out the vocab at the beginning of each month.

I use Find Someone who.... In three different ways, as you can see at the bottom of the page, and use surveys for Pre Int or Int students who teach all the students in the school the vocab. (When I worked in private schools this was possible more but constraints in syllabus at Unitec prevent this now.) I found the gap between Upper Int/Beginner ss, who wanted to know about the new vocab and have it explained to them, created a true communicative activity.

I also made lower levels match the vocab on FSW pp to the words in the questions and drilled questions, short answers and used them to teach/drill the short answers to who.

I copy each month of vocabulary, cut up into 4x 5 pictures but cut up all the meanings. Groups compete to match the meaning to the vocab.

I keep one set with everything cut up:
-Find your partner - give half meanings and half pictures.
-Ss categorise the pictures into food, weather etc
-Give out only the pictures and each student exchanges 10x repeating the pronunciation correctly for the new partner. They also practise, "Here you are!" "Thanks!"
-Play happy families (DUET) as there are only two cards. Have you got the meaning for ......, have you got the word that means......
-Play memory game with cards face down to practise speculation and gambits of bad and good luck.

Holidays and special days I have been using with Elementary at Unitec for the last three semesters to revise and extend the present tense. It is probably one of the most successful discussion activities in the book which I have used at all levels.

The Weather game I have used with all levels and use coloured paper clips for counters.

I'm afraid you are missing all the beautiful photos which could be used for creative writing practice and the units related to them. If you want them I can convert them.

I have included Students answers for the teachers who are not from NZ or are not that familiar with NZ culture.

Hope this helps. I still use them and they haven't dated that much yet.

Cheers Yvonne Hynson

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January

February

February Vocab

March

March Vocab

April

April Vocab

May

May Vocab

June

June Vocab

July

July Vocab

August

August Vocab

September

September Vocab

October

October Vocab

November

November Vocab

December

December Vocab

Student B Pages

HATS (Speaking, Pre-Int up) Running dictation (Any age or level)
Story Telling (any level) Hols&Photos+FSW
Throw Away your Dictionary is an intensive reading skills book for Post Beginner - High Elementary+. It is New Zealand content teaching reading strategies
for guessing unknown words in context. From author Yvonne Hynson. (Warning - 4.5Mb - whole book!)
Throw Away Your Dictionary
Student-generated Taboo (Any age or level) Dictation Q's level A2 and up
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