This term is great for professional development, with something happening every month. In January, there was the TEFL del Sur Swap Shop, last month was FECEI‘s annual event in Madrid and now I’m getting ready for TESOL-SPAIN‘s annual conference, which this year is being held in Sevilla.
My theme for this workshop is one-board games, as I’m a huge fan of reusing materials and adapting basic things to suit as many different ages, levels and activities as possible. So my talk demonstrates 10 activities you can do using this board with any age or level – from VYLs to FCE students (and beyond). Find out more about the activities here and download some of the sample activities from the Activities for your Classroom page.
I gave a talk on Saturday at ACEIA, the annual conference for language schools in Andalucía. Towards the end I asked participants to share their favourite activities with VYLs and as I was wandering around, I heard one of the participants mention Kids TV 1,2,3 – a youTube channel which has a great range of songs and rhymes for VYLs – a great standby for the last five minutes of class, or to be incorporated into your daily routines!
A moment to share a great resource and say, “Congratulations” to the British Council for producing a great free e-book, Crazy Animals and Other Activities for teaching Young Learners, featuring yours truly as a contributor! Unfortunately, my idea, The Dog, wasn’t picked for the book – but if you feel you’re missing out, you can find it here!
End of Week 3 now and I’m very excited as this afternoon I’m doing the session on Visual Literacy. Followers of the blog will have noticed I’ve been using more multimedia resources this year and this afternoon’s session is a very hands-on look at using video and photos in the classroom.
For the trainees attending the session, and for anyone else who’s interested, here are some useful links to sites and lesson plans using video and pictures:
• Ceri Jones has some great lesson plans on her blog close up
• Lesson Stream, Jamie Keddie’s site, provides very detailed lesson plans based on short clips
• Michelle Worgan has posted some great activities on her blog, including a lesson based on Free Running
• eltpics gives teachers a place to share pictures on a variety of topics, all of which are available under a Creative Commons License. If you’re interested in joining the venture, check out this post on Sandy Millin’s blog
• English Attack is a great site where your students can learn English watching short video clips and music videos
• The onestopenglish article Teaching English Using Video also provides very detailed plans for teaching different levels and looks at the different activities you can do with video