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15 Class Discussion Strategies: NOT "just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students"

15 Class Discussion Strategies: NOT "just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students" | ESL Materials | Scoop.it

Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. [...]


Every time I saw it in a lesson plan, I would add a  note: “What format will you use? What questions will you ask? How will you ensure that all students participate?” I was pretty sure that We will discuss actually meant the teacher would do most of the talking; He would throw out a couple of questions like “So what did you think about the video?” or “What was the theme of the story?” and a few students would respond, resulting in something that looked  like a discussion, but was ultimately just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students; a classic case of Fisheye Teaching.

The problem wasn’t them; in most of the classrooms where they’d sat as students, that’s exactly what a class discussion looked like. They didn’t know any other “formats.” I have only ever been familiar with a few myself. But when teachers began contacting me recently asking for a more comprehensive list, I knew it was time to do some serious research.


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Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 25, 2015 4:23 PM

I scooped this article because I found it to be a good reference to hand out when I write on a teacher's lesson plan, what will the discussion look like?  This article goes beyond the over used think-pair-share, and instead works through ones that require planning to those that can be done with little prep beforehand.  I hope that teachers will utilize the discussion strategies highlighted within this article, and vary the ones that they use on a regular basis to keep students engaged, and to also increase the thinking that student are doing on the subject at hand.

Angela McCord's curator insight, April 12, 2017 11:30 AM
"We will discuss actually meant the teacher would do most of the talking," rings true in so many classrooms. Great guide to begin generating meaningful classroom discussions!
 
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M that learning! - Using Technology for ESL and ELL

M that learning! - Using Technology for ESL and ELL | ESL Materials | Scoop.it

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MimicDotOrg's comment, January 30, 2013 11:00 PM
Try mimic.org a free website for practicing English on your mobile phone.
Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:15 PM

M learning

Sandra Siegel's curator insight, February 20, 2014 11:40 AM

This idea would most likely grab student interest.

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Free TEFL EFL ESL ESOL Worksheets

Free TEFL EFL ESL ESOL Worksheets | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
A collection of high quality resources for teaching and learning English for speakers of other languages.

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Patty Ball's curator insight, February 9, 2013 10:56 AM

A collection of high quality resources for teaching and learning English for speakers of other languages.

Sarah Kosloski's curator insight, September 23, 2013 11:35 PM

Free ESL worksheets, all skills covered.

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ESL Library - English Lesson Plans, English Flashcards, for ESL Teachers

ESL Library - English Lesson Plans, English Flashcards, for ESL Teachers | ESL Materials | Scoop.it

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Patty Ball's curator insight, February 10, 2013 1:42 PM

 Business English lesson plans that follow an ongoing storyline in an office setting. This full Business course follows Lee from the beginning of his job search until the day he signs his resignation letter.

Susan Kelly's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:10 PM

ESL Library offers great materials on a variety of topics that interest students. I love how they provide well leveled materials for all skills.

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Are these sentences correct? And other ELT/ESL exercises

Are these sentences correct? And other ELT/ESL exercises | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
Collection of free English language tests. Check Your English with our quizzes. Are these sentences correct Test

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Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary

Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
See and hear the meaning

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 30, 2013 11:07 AM

Great contribution to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 30, 2013 10:17 PM

Great tool for reaching visual and auditory learners!

Mrs Le Roy's curator insight, February 3, 2014 4:15 AM

un dictionnaire où on peut voir et entendre le sens des mots !

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Speaking English Online: 5 Ways to Improve Your Fluency

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One of the areas that English students find most difficult is speaking. Many students feel confident about reading, writing, and even understanding. But when it comes to speaking they just can’t verbalize the words.
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Help Your ESL Students Improve Their Listening: 7 Ideas that Really Work

Help Your ESL Students Improve Their Listening: 7 Ideas that Really Work | ESL Materials | Scoop.it

It's no big secret. ESL students won't get very far if they have weak listening skills. [...] Students often believe that to improve their listening they must simply exercise their “ear”. But it’s important for students to understand that it’s not as simple as that – the ear is not a simple muscle to train; listening comprehension is a lot more complex than that. Merely sitting and listening to something for hours won’t do the trick; they can learn a lot more from a focused 15-minute listening exercise."


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Teaching ESL / ELD

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Scan for Vocabulary
Word Talk
Reflective Learning
Vertical Spiral
Total Physical Response (TPR)
Scaffolding Techniques

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Do You Recognize These 5 ESL Listening Mistakes?

Do You Recognize These 5 ESL Listening Mistakes? | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
Most ESL students identify the goal of ESL classes as helping them to speak English better. But to speak better, they have to listen better. Speaking and listening comprehension are like the

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Patty Ball's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:46 PM

esl listening mistakes

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5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic

5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
What are some of the best iPad apps for ESL students? There's a ton out there but here are my personal favorites!

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EVittoz's curator insight, July 1, 2013 5:21 AM

Something to try ?

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7 Little-Known Factors that Could Affect Your ESL Students' Pronunciation

7 Little-Known Factors that Could Affect Your ESL Students' Pronunciation | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
Proper pronunciation is vital to your ESL students' success. Pronunciation plays a very important role in communication - for your students to communicate effectively, they must

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Patty Ball's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:34 PM

If you teach adult ESL learners, be ready to plan and devote some of your class time to targeted pronunciation practice.

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Dealing with EFL / ESL students' subject / verb agreement mistakes.

Dealing with EFL / ESL students' subject / verb agreement mistakes. | ESL Materials | Scoop.it
This post is meant to help you take a broader view of subject / verb agreement mistakes and help your students become more accurate in the long run.

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 24, 2013 12:23 PM
Very interesting post.