Memorisation activities

Memory activities for the classroom – underrated and underused!

Sandy Millin

I put together this selection of memorisation activities for a CELTA course at LangLTC in Warsaw and thought it would be a good idea to share the activities here too. The activities can be used:

  • after error correction
  • to help students fix bits of new language in their heads before they need to produce it at a later stage in the lesson
  • to exploit decontextualised sentences, for example from a gapfill
  • to improve students’ confidence with bits of language
  • as learner training – once they’ve learnt them, a lot of the activities are things they can try themselves or with fellow students, without needing a teacher to set them up

They are taken from various wonderful people I’ve worked with in the past, plus a couple of my own ideas. If you think there are any that should be credited differently, please let me know. It would also be great…

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Moving from feedback to feeding forward

A presentation after my own heart. Love everything about these slides. Kudos!

TD lab

A little later than promised, here are the slides from last weekend´s talk at the annual IH Barcelona ELT conference. Great to see so many familiar and enthusiastic faces there.

Giving the talk made me even more conscientious of my board work this week!

Would be great to hear from anyone who has been trying out the ideas or getting more involved with their boards too.


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Translating mental images onto words – even the words you can’t imagine

I'm currently on John Fanselow's Small Changes, Big Results course with iTDi. It's week one and we had some interesting homework asking us to try out a new teaching technique. Most people have asked students to draw pictures in class - picture dictations, vocabulary notebooks, Pictionary.  However, certainly I, had never asked students to translate every word in … Continue reading Translating mental images onto words – even the words you can’t imagine

30 tips for developing teachers

Another very good list, this time for developing as a teacher

ELT planning

Some teachers have clear direction when it comes to development. Others, like me, have always been a little bit lost. I found that once I finished my initial teacher training there wasn’t much support or guidance when it came to improving my skills, subject knowledge or knowledge of the industry. There was the odd teacher training session or peer observation, plus the occasional chat with a colleague, but for the most part I just had to get on with things. So, I did.

Taking control of your own development is the best thing you can do. Moreover, it’s easier than you think – it just takes a bit of interest and a bit of drive. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started. They’re mostly aimed at teachers fresh off a CELTA looking for inspiration, but some will be useful whatever your experience.

Note: Sketch (ELTexperiences) wrote…

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