I found it difficult to improve motivation in my 13 years old students, so I tried a filming experience. We had been reading about mass-media in GB and the USA and watching some CNN news program, so we dicided to work out a News program by ourselves. It sounded exciting. I divided the class into groups: one group prepared an interview to a famous actor, other groups acted out current issue events, another prepared the weather forecast, someone else did the horoscope, others the presented the new fashionable clothes, others reported about famous sport stars, etc. It was really involving and they revised a lot of vocabulary, used communicative functions in a motivating way. Then after a few reharsals, I filmed it with the school videocamer a. I'm not a professional, but it was quite good. And they had fun learning . We showed it to other students in the school and it was successful! By the way, it took me only 5 lessons.
Why don't you try it?
Name: Simona Storchi
Location: Reggio Emilia, Italy
World's Best Jobs!
Dave's ESL Cafe Copyright © 2008 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.