Humanising Language Teaching
1. Interview in a mirror (teenage and adult)
by Chris Sion, author of Recipes for Tired Teachers and More Recipes for Tired Teachers, Addison Wesley
You need a large mirror.
2. Vocabulary Revision Techniques ( all ages of students)
by teachers in the English Department, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Telecommunications de Bretagne, France
A. I give each person in the group a word on a slip of paper. Each person mimes
the word and says it.
B. I give the group a key word like ship, and ask the students to list all the words
they connect with ship. A secretary from the group takes all these down on the
Everybody mimes the action
Teacher: " Peel a potato!"
Nobody moves- if they do, they are out of the game.
Teacher: Simon says: " Peel a potato "
Everybody mimes peeling a spud.
( the students only obey Simon )
You can get a student to come out and run the class.
D. The words to be revised go up on the board. The students, working on their,
categorise all the words. They can use any categories they like. Each category
needs a heading.
3. Activities round a Group Picture ( primary, secondary and adult)
by teachers at the Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel, Paris www.eabjm.com
1. Tell the group they will draw a group picture on the board.
From here in you have several possible lesson paths:
A. Get the students to name all the objects and parts of objects. They copy the drawing from the board and the words.
B. As in A, the students name the objects. You then ask students
to come up and rub out an object and its word, saying:
The X's gone now.
C. Ask each student to choose two animals/objects/people from the drawing and write a dialogue between them.
D Tell the students that the picture on the board is the first frame of story.
E. Ask the students to name and draw in all the invisible parts of things in picture.
F. Go over to a student who drew a particular item in the group picture and say:
Now you are the shoe in the picture- how old are you?
Where were you bought?
Do you get used a lot…. etc….
Ask the students to pair off and "object interview" each other.
G. Ask one student to tell the whole group how she felt as the group
picture was building up. Get her to tell the story of her internal reactions
as the picture was taking shape.