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March 30, 2008

Q and A -Scrapbook Project

Hello Readers,

This month's question is from Walter.

Hi Carol,
I was surfing the internet for ideas for my ESL beginners class. This is the first time I teach a basic course for adults, and their first bimester will end in a few days. I want to put together a project so that they can be creative and apply all the vocabulary they learned over the last two months. At first I was thinking about a scrapbook, ...

... but their vocabulary is too large, I mean: shapes and colors, numbers, alphabet, animal, community helpers, I could go on; I think you got the picture. And this vocabulary is too large, right? What do you think? I appreciate any ideas you may want to share.

Sincerely,
Walter

Answer:
I think a scrap book is a great idea. It would a good way for the students to consolidate what they have learned, to expand their vocabulary on topics they've already learned and to have something to review later on.

You could perhaps even come up with a list of topics, and then allow each group to choose a few to work on, and then compile all the topics at the end (to photocopy and distribute to each student). If you have your own classroom, it would be good to hang those up on the walls as well. Make sure that you offer the students resources to help them to do their work- you can bring different kinds of dictionaries (picture, usage, phrasal verbs, etc.), recommend internet resources, and of course, introduce new phrases to the students as you monitor them in class.

Good luck with that! I'd be interested in hearing about what you decide to do.

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 hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, 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, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!


Posted by crueckert at March 30, 2008 05:38 AM

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