ESL:Using the whiteboard to get students to talk

ESL:Using the whiteboard to get students to talk

        
Age Group: All Ages
Subject: Speaking
Goal of Lesson: Students can say a sequential story or series of events by using visual aides on the whiteboard.
Time Needed: 15-20 minutes
Materials Needed: whiteboard pictures or photographs if you don't want to draw

Many times in the ESL classroom, it is difficult to get students to talk out. This is a simple activity to get students to say a story or series of events.

 

If you are working on a story or article, you can have your students learn to say a summary about what you are reading.

 

 

DRAW YOUR PICTURES

The first thing to do is draw pictures or scenes from your story or article on the board. Don't draw just 2 or 3, try to draw between 6-8 pictures. The students will then have to speak more.

 

What I usually do is identify what the most important parts of the story are. Then I draw simple photos in a line along the board so everyone can see.

 

 

SET GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY GUIDELINES

 

After I draw the pictures, I write in words or grammar patterns I want the students to use. Usually the vocabulary is from a story we are working on. I want my students to say and use the words as much as possible.

 

 

DO A PRACTICE RUN

 

I will show the students what I want to hear. This will give them an idea of what they need to so.

 

 

GIVE STUDENTS SOME TIME TO PREPARE AND THEN CALL ON THEM

 

I give my students about 5 minutes to get their story ready. NO WRITING. I want this to be an oral/thinking exercise. When the students write, then they just read back to you.

 

 

ASSESS THE STUDENTS AND THEN REPEAT

After a student has said their story, I will point out their mistakes.....and then they must say it AGAIN!! Remember, you want your students to talk as much as possible.

 

 

NEXT CLASS?

During the next class, I like to see who remembered thier stories from the previous class. This helps improve their English/thinking skills.

 

 

GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!!



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