Today I gave a workshop at Oxford Telf Barcelona about using video to develop oral presentation skills using mobile devices. It was a lot of fun and I learnt a lot from the teachers who attended. The great thing about workshops for me, is sharing ideas and brainstorming ideas for new things to try in class.
Technology offers so many opportunities for autonomous learning, but students need to be guided. Online reading has become a major source in the field of ELT. It is easy to access, up to date and diverse.
Encourage your learners to search for a blog they find interesting in English. It can be about anything; a hobby, their home country, sport, a celebrity they like…
The information and findings on the blog can be used as the basis for varied activities:
- A weekly writing summary on site or on line
- A short presentation on site
- A vodcast using vimeo or a smart phone
- A podcast using a voice board or podcasting site
- Interviewing classmates
If you try this activity, let me know how it goes in the comments!