The idea is that you, students, come to the school to work on whatever aspect of language or communication that you decide, and that you take responsibility of your own learning. You can work individually, but this is only recommended in specific cases such as when you are studying for a specific exam, if you have to do part of the classwork because you’ve missed a lesson, if you want to practise writing emails for your job, if you want to read about a topic of interest, etc. However, what we, teachers, consider to be the best option is to work in groups and in a collaborative way; since it is here that you have the opportunity to interact in English with other students and teachers.
What can you do?
There are infinite options! Here you have a list of possible activities, but you are more than welcome to come up with other ideas.
You can improve specific skills or aspects of language such as grammar, reading or pronunciation, using resources from the library or online ones.
You can do something related to the regular classes:
· You can work on a project to have less to do in class.
· You can do homework.
· You can improve you dossier by adding extra writings or improving the writings already done.
· You can make a list with all the new language items of the unit and create something such as a poster or dictionary to help other students too.
· You can discuss a topic related to the unit and organize a debate on that topic.
You can organize debates or role-plays.
· You can look for ideas on the web.
· You can take ideas from our library.
· You can create your own topics.
· You can take a reading that you like news, short stories, etc. and extract some topics for discussion.
· You can think of many questions for discussion and organize speedy debates for which you only have ten minutes.
· You can choose topics and characters and each time you do a debate you take a role (character) and discuss the topic according to the role.
You can organize contests of any kinds:
· Tongue twisters contests.
· Spelling contests.
· Poetry contests.
· Vocabulary contests.
You can play games.
· You can play online games.
· You can play board games.
· You can create your own games and later play.
You can create posters for the school.
· You can create a visual dictionary.
· You can create a poster showing figures.
· You can explain something about the language.
· You can explain whatever you want other people to know.
You can teach each other something.
· You can teach each other something you can do.
· You can explain how you cook your best dish.
· You can teach what you do in your job.
What do we have in the library?
Our library is here to be used. It would be great if you students took some minutes to get familiarized with it, because many resources that we have could be of much help during the course. Summarizing, we can say that in our library we have the following:
· Grammar books and traditional class books, most of them with answer key.
· Books to practise for the FCE and CAE examinations.
· A folder with writing and reading activities.
· A folder with speaking activities.
· A folder with riddles and tongue twisters.
· A folder with funny grammar exercises.
· A folder with games
· Different types of dictionaries.
· Reading books.
· Old newspapers, magazines and leaflets.
· Board games.
· Flashcards to practise vocabulary of certain topics.
Grammar and vocabulary
http://iteslj.org/ (good resource of questions for speaking)
http://www.languageguide.org/english/ (good vocabulary for low levels)
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/topics/everydaylife/ (very interactive)Games
https://tedxesl.com/ (upper intermediate and higher)
https://www.youtube.com/user/bizpod (business English)Newspapers