Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Videoing your course book

This is another idea I have shamelessly stolen from Video by Richard Cooper, Mike Lavery and Mario Rinvolucri. Basically, it involves using a video camera to practice various grammar points in your course books. In this case the present continuous rule.

Lesson Plan

1 Present the rule in whatever way you usually do it.

2 Ask one student to work the digital camera or use his mobile phone. the others line up in a row, standing, and the person at at the one end mimes an action, e.g. brushing their teeth. The next person asks them:

"What are you doing ?"

The second student replies, "lying";

"I'm eating an apple"

The second student immediately starts miming eating an apple.

The third student asks:

"What are you doing ?"

The fouth student answers

I'm chopping onions."

And so on and so forth.

3 The whole class view the computer screen.

4 Darken or turn round the screen so they the students can only hear. The students take dictation of each new present continuous tense.

5 Now use the course book to present the tense.


Ewan McIntosh said...

Good to hear from you today - sorry the connection seemed to break the second time round. Maybe hear from youy again tomorrow, same time, same place!

J Crew said...

I am in a friendly BBQ contest we call the Bobby Crocker Cookoff and I want a BBQ dish that is can't miss. Can you help?

teacher dude said...

I'll try again tomorrow, hopefully with a better connection.

(I was sat on bench in the centre of Thessaloniki, mooching off somebody's open wi-fi signal to tell you the truth.