Friday, October 28, 2011

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Student-led Discussions

Here is an activity that I have implemented this semester into my advanced/speaking course. I had my students sign up in pairs on Thursdays throughout the semester.

Objective: Prepare my advanced listening/speaking students for mainstream classes where they will may have to lead a group discussion- either a study group or an in-class assignment.

Skills Practiced:
  • Presentation skills
  • Formulation of discussion questions
  • Eliciting comments
  • Responding to comments
  • Asking follow-up questions
  • Summarizing the discussion
  • Synthesizing ideas from multiple groups
This semester, topics my students have chosen so far were engaging: Domestic abuse, environmental issues, robotics, to name a few. Below is the most recent video clip my students used (last week).