In the 'Study it Grammar 3' iBook, there's a great activity to use with the Present Perfect tense, Making a Resume. Now, this can be a real challenge for students who may be on the lower end of the ability spectrum, but I'm happy to say that Andre, the lowest student in the class, successfully made and presented his resume to the class. I think this is also a good example of a student whose fluency may be low, but can shine with a writing project up their alley. Andre finished his resume draft early in the week (on the Tuesday actually!), so he had time to do multiple drafts. The final product, if you know Andre especially, is pretty great. He used past participles really well! The key for me was getting him started as early as possible. He's also really fallen in love with Notability, and especially appreciated the audio notes I shared with him as feedback.
Getting students to own their learning process can be hard. One activity that I've found really works well is a reflection 'video', where Ss work in groups to present their common pronunciation mistakes and how to fix them. The results have been pretty incredible, and the group nature of the activity creates plenty of scaffolding and peer correction.
I like to do this activity as a review exercise on Thursdays, or a reflection and peer feedback exercise on Fridays.
Step 1: Put Ss in groups. Assign each group a set of sounds from the week.
Step 2: Ss discuss and brainstorm common mistakes with those sounds, focusing on mistakes they make and mistakes common to their culture. The discussions are often hilarious and informative!
Step 3: Give Ss an outline for the reflection video. Part 1-What sounds are you talking about? Part 2-How do you make this sound? Part 3-What are some common mistakes?
Step 4: Share and celebrate the video with the class. Extend the reflection with a group discussion and more examples of the sound with the class.
Here's an example of a pronunciation reflection video with our Speaking Clearly class.
* This could be done with any class. Grammar Reflection videos would be great too.
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