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).
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.