Students need word processing skills. These days, professors at any rate expect essays to be typed. However a lot of ESL programs don’t include typing lessons, let alone word processing skills. And from what I have seen, international students don’t always get it at home. I have seen essays typed up in emails because students didn’t know anything about word processing. And I have seen students literally retype a final draft from scratch because they didn’t know how to save! I was lucky enough to work for a school that had a technology class and a couple of times I ran a typing/word processing lesson. Here are some of the resources I used:
Mystery Message teaches students to select, move, delete, cut, copy and paste text.
Not a worksheet but just an idea. Do something similar to the Mystery Message but with bolding and italicizing and underlining. Tell students to write a message on the computer and then direct them to bold a certain word, underline another word, change the font of another word, change the font size. Cover centering and right aligning and maybe margins and double spacing so they can learn to format essays.
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A real basic tutorial on Word Processing functions. I run my students through these functions on the computer so this is a nice take-home reminder!
My essay formatting activity. I give students a Model Essay with Rules that I make myself. You can do one for your class. I do warn them that every teacher has their own expectations and I usually add at the bottom my rules about late essays and how they will be graded and so on. I go over the formatting with them and show them how to do it–may with a Mystery Message Activity? Then I give them the Unformatted Essay and make them transform it to look like the Model Essay.
Really nice summary of Krashen’s hypothesis and how to apply them to the classroom in brief. This really shored up my understanding of Krashen’s ideas as they relate to how we teach. Krashen's Hypotheses.
Overall the website looks quite thorough on the topic of applying theory to teaching.
The other part is all the goodies I keep in my bag. Without further ado, here they are. If I still kept my bag organized, I would have photographed my actual book bag with everything in its little pockets!
Speaking of ways to get to know your students on day one, here’s a pretty good list of old standby First Lesson Ideas from ELT Experiences. The only thing I will say is that if you are the third or fourth teacher in the day, students are probably sick of playing True or False i.e. Two Truths and a Lie.
This is a really cool resource: CSPAN’s Classroom Deliberations. I did a CSPAN lesson on the elections last October that involved students researching the candidates and where they stood on different issues. It went really well. The lessons on this page are all about current events and they seem to be in the same vein. Give students lots of sources to read and let them work out a position. Good for advanced, highly motivated students. Also looks like they might be nice resources when students ask you your opinion on these topics: There’s a new lesson up on “What Should the US Do in Syria?”
By the way, these resource sharings are completely unpaid and unsolicited. I just really like the site!
The New York Times has a nice set of lesson plans on 9/11 including social effects and the war in Afghanistan. I really liked the first lesson. These are mostly for advanced students and are pretty heavily biased toward reading and analyzing readings, obviously.
Just stumbled on this photostream of students doing interesting study like things. Free to use on blogs even commercially as long as you give an attribution. It seems like a really great source of pictures for education bloggers: Flickr: CollegeDegrees360’s Photostream.