Compiling useful lists 2

Published on 8th April, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

2310866391_eef389df61Last week we looked at collating lists of problem language or pronunciation for your students. You could also create ‘public’ lists of language, which could form a class poster of some kind, to be added to at intervals as relevant examples come up in the lessons. Incidentally, this also provides a good task for early finishers in a lesson since they can add to the poster. Keep the poster up for a few weeks or a term, until you feel your students are familiar with all the items. Of course, some of these lists can also be used as a basis for games.

Have you thought of making these ‘public’ lists for your classroom?
• An ever-growing list of phrasal verbs
• A list of verb patterns, eg tell s.o.(someone) s.t.(something); ask s.o. to do s.t.; enjoy X-ing; complain about s.t. to s.o.
• A list of ‘prize’ sentences / functional expressions which students come up with. Just note down a few special ones every week. These could be written or spoken.

Finally, here are two useful lists to keep to hand:
• A list of warmers / enders. Often it’s hard to think of one on the spot! I sometimes write the date and group next to mine, as I often forget how recently I have used something with a particular class. If you are fond of list-making, these activities can be further subdivided into game categories: pronunciation, lexis, grammar, sentence construction, miscellaneous, etc.
• A list of different types of comprehension. This ensures that you don’t just give questions or true / false with listenings or readings and could help to add variety to your teaching. Next week’s tip centres on different ways of checking comprehension.