Monday, February 29, 2016

Speaking Club Week 6

With the start of the new semester, we picked up where we left off. Since my students have moved to a higher level of proficiency, I will try to include more challenging tasks including discussions and academic presentations as part of the speaking club.

The first task of this week was watching a short movie "The Present" followed by some discussion.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Discussion on children who kill

The chilling title is from a book entitled "Taboos and Issues". I have recently started to use this book to include more speaking practice in class. Here is a sample lesson plan that a few colleagues of mine and I developed using the book. The lessons revolves around the question of whether killer children should be treated differently from adults, and if so, how. The activities in the plan include reading a newspaper article about a thirteen-year-old boy who killed his playmate and having group discussions followed by a whole-class discussion.

Monday, February 22, 2016

True Confessions (Speaking activity)

When I saw this video of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, I thought it would make a great speaking activity. Here's how you do it:

You divide the students into groups and ask everyone to write down two confessions. One of them should be something interesting that actually happened to them, and the other should be a lie.