Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

A long time ago (when the Earth was green), I heard a language-teaching nightmare story about a particular “method” that I want to share. Since I can’t find any references that confirm this story, I won’t slander the “method” by naming it directly. Let’s call this the “Quince Method”. The “Quince Method” (QM) was developed … More Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

To Pair or not to Pair: Part Six: Pair-work Alone or with the Curriculum

  Finally, some general, concluding thoughts on how to fit pair-work into your class. Pair-work as a stand-alone activity Pair-work is an excellent activity within a structure of class where students spend time in formal “grammar” classes, then spend another period of time in so-called “listening / speaking” classes. If your school or academy divides … More To Pair or not to Pair: Part Six: Pair-work Alone or with the Curriculum

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

Now that you’ve got the basic things prepared (classroom, characters, props and student attitude), you’ll want to make very clear to your students that this is not a random activity. “Art loves order,” Stanislavsky told us in his work with actors. Make sure you have order in the basic structure of your class to allow the … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Three: Stock Characters

  In this part I concentrate on the development of characters that your students can (and should!) pretend to be, so that it is not them speaking but someone else, an important step towards developing their target language personality. The stock characters Stock characters have been the basis of improvised drama for centuries. From the 3rd … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Three: Stock Characters

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Two: Setting Up

Second part of that long blog post on working in pairs. It begins with the physical setup of your classroom, then continues with the first of several materials you’ll want to have on hand. Setting up a pair-work classroom Arrange the semi-circle Classrooms can seem pretty boring places. Desks lined up in rows, students looking at … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Two: Setting Up

To Pair or not to Pair: Pair-work in the ESL Classroom: Part One

  Here’s a series I tried to guest post elsewhere; however, it was just too long and involved for the needs of that blog. So, I’m posting the work here for now, as I think it can be some pretty useful material (and it does no one any good simply saved on my hard drive!) … More To Pair or not to Pair: Pair-work in the ESL Classroom: Part One