Voicethread is an online tool that you can use to have your students record themselves, listen and respond to each other’s comments. I use it for a variety of things in the classroom- I make my own listening activities and I have students do presentational and interpersonal activities on VT. This week my students are working on extending, accepting and declining invitations.
I have created an activity where students have to pick a place in Spain they would like to go to on a particular date and have to create an invite to this place. Students are to go on to VT and create a slide with a picture of the place and say the invitation- being specific about the time and date. The second part of this task is that the students have to accept and decline an invitation. The trick to this is that the students have been given dates that they can accept and ones that they have to decline because they are already doing something else. What is great is that the students really need to listen to each other and pay close attention to the dates and times of the invitations they are listening to.
A variation of this is using http://www.lingtlanguage.com. This is another great online tool (first 5 activities are free!) and before the graded interpersonal assessments, I am having students practice leaving voicemail messages extending, accepting and declining invitations. Another variation of this activity, if you don’t have the technology available is using your school voicemail system.
What tools do you use to record students?
In this unit I use extraterrestres- or aliens to get the kids to talk use the body part vocabulary! It’s not authentic of course – but it is a lot of fun!
Here is an A/B interpersonal activity I created to get the kids to talk about an extraterrestre loco that landed in their back yard the previous night- it gets them to use the body parts vocabulary, colors and numbers. One student describes the alien while the other draws it and then they switch. This document has everything you need except a blank alien- I found one on google by typing in alien coloring page – but you could draw your own and the students just add body parts to it or they can do one from scratch.
Actividad Comunicativa El Extraterrestre Loco
Classroom phrases have always been a very important part of my classroom management. I have classroom phrases posted in my room and the students get a handout the first week of school and I expect them to use them to navigate my classroom.
During the first week of school I have a lesson on just classroom phrases- both phrases that students say and practice listening to phrases that I say (siéntense, pónganse de pie, saquen un lápiz, etc…) I start by giving the students a list of my classroom phrases and I review them with a power point presentation. I then give the students different scenarios that help prompt them to use these phrases in class. After this lesson they are expected to use them and I always offer gentle reminders by pointing to the sign and helping them with their pronunciation- within a few weeks they are experts at saying them!
Here are the Power Point and vocab list:
frases para la clase afiches