I’ve complied a toolbox of what author Steven Brown calls “activity frames” in his book Second Language Acquisition Myths. They can be combined with any content to quickly create effective lessons that focus on interaction and vocabulary games.
I created this set of activities to engage ELLs in meaningful conversations about themselves throughout the year as well as to produce unique representations of each student to be displayed in the room. A great gift to send home with each student at the end of the year, too.
This cooperative learning strategy increases student engagement, encourages collaboration, and results in better learning. Learn how to use the basic Jigsaw.
ELL teacher Catherine Gardiner advocates using meaningful debates to increase interaction. The activity, Philosophical Chairs, is an easy way to facilitate these kinds of debates in class. This video will get you started.
Talk- read-talk-write is an excellent way to engage more students in meaningful interactions during a lesson. A great tool for anyone wanting to step back from the teacher centered approach and embrace more student centered activities.
A fun poster to remind students of ways to pursue and monitor their own SLA. Focuses on interacting in the target language and making connections with English speakers. Can help reduce psychological distance from U.S. culture.