New Year’s Resolutions

I thought the New Year would be a perfect opportunity for students to start talking about the future and what they ‘will’ do or would like to do; in other words, introducing the future tense in a simple and very authentic way.

Some of you (parents) will have had emails from me this week: I have been using a program called Evernote to record student work – I use the iPad to take a picture of whatever they’ve been working on, and then conference with them for a quick 2-3 minutes so they can tell me about their work. I find it is a great way of record-keeping and documenting student progress. I look forward to being able to look back on student work in a few months’ time so they themselves can see the growth in their learning and identify their goals for future learning. Click on this link for an example of how I use it in my classroom!

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Power of Pairs

Using pair work and group work when teaching languages is so great because it gives students far more opportunity to speak. In our language classes at ACST, we encourage our students to exchange opinions, practice new vocabulary and listen to their peers trying out their newly acquired language skills. Carefully planned activities and purposeful pairing means that children who are more able can model language for others and those who are less competent feel confident to experiment with language and will feel more at ease taking corrections from a peer rather than in front a whole class.

The photos below show Grade 3 students learning to tell the time, practicing with their partners using a teaching clock to say what time it is in French.

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