Steps for using the method in class: Outcomes of such an activity include: students become more conversational with their topics, students become more conversational with their classmates (on academic topics), an increased probability of connection with others and their learning, foster a more robust ‘thinking’ process with their own work and every voice is heard.There aren’t too many downsides to this type of activity, in my experience.When I explain speed learning to the students, it is inevitable that one of them will say…is this like the learning version of speed dating, and the answer is, Yes!This lesson plan focuses on conversational practice to encourage English learners to use a wide variety of language functions such as demanding explanations, making complaints, giving warning, etc.The activity used is a variation on the popular practice of speed dating.One of the issues that I try to address in the classroom is to have each student talking with the other students about their academic work.If you have students in groups, some will dominate and some will play wall flower.
However, I didn’t want them to focus on filling out the organizer the entire time.Introductions and icebreakers; helping students cover a lot of material (e.g., sharing what they learned from readings); starting class discussion¬; allowing all students to speak without taking a lot of class time. Each person interviews the other, with questions provided by the instructor. Effects of small-group learning on undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology: A meta-analysis. Then the pair finds another couple and forms a quad. In this exercise, students "speed date" each other to practice role plays calling for "chunks" or phrases used for each situation.This type of approach to teaching is based on the lexical approach or the chunks of language we tend to use to speak about certain situations.However, as much as students love having an open forum to share their thoughts, there are only so many “open discussions” we can have before the format gets bored and redundant.We end up with the same speakers sharing their strongly held opinions while the rest of the class sits with glazed eyes.While it is a loud activity with a ton of movement, I consider those all bonus moments for a dynamic learning environment.Discussions are the cornerstone of my teaching style.Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. Use coupon code "ESLPR" on registration for discount!If you want to download you have to send your own contributions. Listening lesson plans with mp3 files also available.