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June 04, 2007

Lesson Plan Activity- Student Quizzes

Hello Readers,

I currently have an advanced group of learners who are avid readers and fantastic debaters. Although there are plenty of brilliant texts in advanced level ESL textbooks, current and authentic texts that I bring in for them are received with much more enthusiasm than most texts that can be found in their textbook.

Finding appropriate texts for the advanced class is not difficult (in fact, part of my Sunday morning routine now includes clipping a few articles from the morning paper that relates to the topic, vocabulary, or grammar points that they're learning in class). However, creating questions and exercises for the articles can be...

... rather time-consuming.

So, what can you do to eliminate the time needed for preparing these kinds of lessons? The answer is simple- have the students write their own quizzes for other members in the class.

You'll still need to prepare a little bit beforehand, like finding new vocabulary words, coming up with a gist or prediction question, and giving the students some kind of background information about the topic.

After you've introduced the topic and some of the vocabulary, ask the students to write 5-10 questions about the text. You can have them write Yes, No, or Not Given (especially useful for students preparing to take the IELTS), True/False, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, or Fill in the Blank questions. Make sure you ask the students to write down the answers so that they can correct the quiz after another student takes it.

After the students write the quiz, students can swap quizzes, take them, and correct them. Afterwards, you can easily have a debate about the topic. As a follow-up, you can have the students write an editorial, an additional paragraph, an outline of the article, a summary of the article, or other writing task.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at June 4, 2007 10:37 AM

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