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July 17, 2012

Paper Worksheets And Hand-outs - Still Useful?

Technology is wonderful, and I try to use almost every form of teaching materials, but I must admit that...

...sometimes plain old paper is the best when it comes to affordability, portability and universal access.

For better or worse, paper hand-outs and worksheets are just plain useful.

There's something about the traditional, hands-on approach to learning that embeds language (at least the written aspect of language) better than using a computer or other media.

I have my students write out sentences, short essays and, for more basic students (or more difficult material) I have them underline or circle various parts of speech.

Paper-based exercises are available for all ages and ability levels. Here are just a few of the websites I use for access. As you can tell, some charge a small fee, while some are free.

On my budget, I far prefer the free ones.

Here's one - http://www.bullhornreach.com/article/view/24251?referer=www.linkedin.com&shortlink=853160.

Here's an excerpt from their website - "ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans, activities, etc.

Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions."

I like their idea of access being based on contribution of lesson plans or worksheets instead of paying directly.

Here's another website that features games as well as worksheets - http://www.mes-english.com/games.php.

And one more website that features all sorts of games and fun language activities - http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/games-puzzles-and-worksheets/.

I love the internet, you never know what little piece of information, story or insight you might stumble into. I incorporate my little discoveries in my classes all the time.

Let us know what links or other resources you find useful or encouraging. We are all learning and making new connections all the time. And sharing makes our journey much richer.

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf is available most of September. Feel free to contact him for a visit or learning session at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at July 17, 2012 11:14 PM


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