by Edward Pye
[This article was first printed in the Fall 2017 issue of TEAL News.]
Tag Words: vocabulary, speaking, writing, peer-review
Time: 60+ minutes
Numbers: Any number
Requirements: Multimedia, Gmail, Students’ laptops
WORD SHARE is a technology-infused task-based activity that runs through a number of skills all while focusing on the set vocabulary.
- Learn new vocabulary
- Write accurate sentences using vocabulary
- Teach other students and peer-review their work
- Create a shared Google Document for all the students in the class including the vocab you want to teach and a table for students to write sentences.
- Have students create Gmail accounts; they will need them to edit the document.
- Have students bring their laptops to class.
1. Assign the Vocab (15 minutes)—Bring up your Google Doc on the multimedia screen so that all the students can see the vocab. Assign 1 word to each student and tell them they must find the meaning of that word, the different forms and some common collocations. Give students 10 minutes to do this.
2. Share the Vocab (20 minutes)—Once students are confident they have all the information, have them stand up and go around the room. They must partner with another student and teach them their word and all the information that goes with it. Partners must take note of the info they learn. Give them about 3 minutes to explain their words and then have them rotate around to another partner. Repeat this another 4 or 5 times.
3. Write (15 minutes)—Once students have been taught about 5 words, stop the activity and have students go back to their computers. In the table on the shared google document, have students come up with and type in a sentence that includes all the words they have learned. Alternately, this can be done on the whiteboard.
4. Peer-Review (20 minutes)—Have students read another student’s sentence and write a revised sentence next to the original. This can be done several times, so that there are multiple revisions of each sentence. Once done, revise the sentences yourself with the class on the multimedia giving feedback as you go. Once this is all done, students will have an easily accessible, lasting document with examples of feedback and accurate use of the vocabulary.
5. Homework—Have students find images online to illustrate their vocab or sentences and have them paste them into the document.
From the Fall 2017 issue of the BC TEAL newsletter: Edward Pye is a New Zealander with an English literature degree from Otago University. Before moving to British Columbia, he taught in South Korea for eight years. Since then, he has worked as an Educational Programmer and EAP instructor on UBC’s Okanagan campus and as an EAL instructor at Okanagan College.
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Original reference information:
Pye, E. (2017, Fall). Word Share Vocab Review. TEAL News. Retrieved from https://www.bcteal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TEAL-News-Fall-2017.pdf