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A recipe for a happy class, by David aged 11.
English
My recipe for a happy class

Ingredients:

  • 1 pinch of sharing
  • 1/2 cup of confidence
  • 1 table spoon of enjoyment
  • 6 tea spoons of cheerfulness
  • 5 oz of communication
  • 1/2 kg of good looks
  • 250 g of cooperation
  • 10 g of behaviour
  • 1 kg of discipline
  • 1 really nice teacher (grated)
  • 500ml of kindness

Method:

  1. Mix the confidence, communication and cooperation together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the enjoyment, the cheerfulness and the good looks to the mixture.
  3. Beat together the behaviour, the discipline and add to the mixture.
  4. Bake the cake at 200 Celcius degree in a round tin 15 cm deep and 45cm in diameter for 1 week.
  5. Once the cake is baked, take it out of the oven and sprinkle the teacher on top.
  6. The cake makes 10 helpings.
by David, aged 11.
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How to Use Dice on the Lessons of English
English
1. Use dice to encourage students to choose the activities to practice.

2. Use dice to choose the groups/pairs for students' speaking practice.

3. Use dice in conjunction with book exercises.

4. Use dice to learn verb tenses, irregular verbs, word buidling suffixes, prefixes and words with them (noun, adjectives, verbs, adverbs), antonyms, synonyms, collocations, idioms, phrasal verbs, linking words, set expressions, proverbs, famous people quotations, etc.

5. Use dice for Grammar Board Games.

6. Use dice to choose the level of difficulty in games.

7. Use dice to assign bonus points.

8. Use dice to decide who goes first in presentations.

9. Use dice to encourage students to create sentences.

10. Use dice to encourage students to find out how many more questions they should answer to leave the class.

What kind of other ideas with DICE do you know?
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Just some ESL ideas
English
When my students don't understand why they need to use Reported Speech, I suggest them write something like that:
She asked me if I liked strawberry icecream but she gave me a fish that is alive and nothing else.
She asked me if I liked peanut butter but she gave me a fried snail and nothing else.
She asked me if I liked ice cream soda but she gave a fresh carrot and nothing else.
She asked me if I liked a spicy spanish burrito but she gave me a fresh chili pepper and nothing else.
She asked me if I liked chips but she gave me a fresh slice of garlic and nothing else.
She asked me if I would like pancakes with polyfloral honey but she gave me a sour broccoli soup and nothing else.
She asked me if I liked lemonade but she gave me a dried lemon and nothing else.
Please, remember! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ask your students to rewrite their exercises, writing again and again.
It ruins appetite, their burning desire for getting new skills and knowledge.
Better suggest them choose from 5 different tasks and ask what kind of tasks they would like to complete. Some really diligent students will complete them all. Some will do only some part. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER correct more than 2 mistakes/errors/typos in works of schoolchildren and more than 4 mistakes/errors/typos in works of adolescents. Avoid too much criticism and judgemental thinking!
Encourage your students to believe that learning languages can be captivating, positive, challenging but thought-provoking and thrilling! Help them build up their confidence and belief in themselves!
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