All my lessons last 90 minutes and even though I like to think that students don’t normally get tired or bored , changing gears several times during the 90 minutes is quite important to maintain their level of attention. In this sense, fortunately, teaching a language is not the same as teaching some other subjects where the range of activities you can do is a bit more restricted.
When it comes to Reading Comprehension there are some activities I have tried over the years that seem to have worked pretty well. This week I am planning to use a different activity with my intermediate groups to pre -teach the vocabulary in the Reading Activity, which I would like to share with you. It will require that they leave their seats and walk around the class, talking to their classmates. I’m sure they will appreciate the opportunity to move their legs.
Step 1. Decide the vocabulary you want to teach (that goes without saying, doesn’t it?)
Step 2 . Prepare two sets of cards. One card contains the word and part of speech you want to teach and the other card contains the definition.
Step 3. Students stand up and find their partner ( I have large groups so it’s going to take a while).
Step 4. Students sit down with their partner and write a sentence containing their vocabulary word.
Step 5. Students read their sentences and explain the meaning of the word /expression being studied.
Note: I have very large groups, like thirty students per class but I never know how many will be attending on a particular day. For this kind of activities I need to make sure I have cards for all the students. So, if I run out of words to pre-teach, I’ll prepare some cards containing the phonetics for the words, in case more students than I have predicted ,decide to attend on this day.