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Last week, I posted many of my students’ answers to challenges. Today I add one more:

Challenge A: Name the students’ grade level and proficiency level. Find an exercise (cloze, multiple choice, puzzle, etc.) that you could use with these students. Write one paragraph why this would be a good exercise for the students. Include the link to the exercise.

Grade/level(s): 10/11 ESL

Listening activities! http://listenaminute.com

I think using the “Listen A Minute” recordings with activities would be a good warm-up activity for a class of high school ELLs with an intermediate knowledge of English. If students became familiar with starting class with a listening activity about a different subject, it would be an engaging way to grab the students’ attention for the remainder of the class.

“Listen A Minute” has a huge list of topics which are connected to a recording of a paragraph about that specific subject. Also provided is a few different activities to develop listening skills, including a cloze activity, an activity based on spelling, and a writing assignment based on the tape recording. As a teacher, I would have students listen to the recording, fill in the blanks on the cloze activity, and go over the answers together; that would be a brief start to class (lasting no longer than ten minutes).

Example: http://www.listenaminute.com/c/coffee.html

Topic: Coffee
Students would listen to the recording regarding coffee and then promptly fill out the cloze exercise provided on the website.

There are so many recordings provided about a variety of topics that it seems like it would be easy to choose a daily topic that had some relationship to the focus of the day.


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