Try It Out is a selection of skills-based activities, many of which have formed the focus of the "Spotlight on..." teachers' workshops.
Students follow a set procedure to share and work on texts together.
Students read along with a listening text and try to capture its speed, stress and rhythm.
Students play a bingo game with vocabulary in an audio text.
Students translate conversations from their own lives.
Students complete a crossword over the telephone.
Here are some easy ways to have your learners work on dates and times in every lesson.
Joanna Westcombe looks back on Try It Out activities for the the first half of 2014.
The Picture It section of Spotlight Online gets new bilingual content. Joanna Westcombe has the details.
Students read small ads from the magazine and make plans for taking a language course.
Have your students get their ideas down on paper with a simple activity.
Get your students writing diary entries for a character in a short story.
Get your students writing with a purpose, in a letter to Ken Taylor.
Put your students on the spot with this group conversation activity.
Expand your students' vocabulary by introducing them to matching words and phrases. Jo Westcombe borrows a recycling activity that can be used with articles from Spotlight, and a new phrase to describe it: "conscious coupling".
The international teachers' conference IATEFL 2014 was a great place to get new teaching ideas. Joanna Westcombe was there.
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