Last week I blogged about my plans for the first day back and for the first week. I got many kind likes and comments to my video and ideas that I felt encouraged to share a bit of my plans for the second week. Remember to keep wearing your hat backwadrs!
Besides keep working with the song I started working with last week, I will introduce an image. We will be working with such image for at least for 20 minutes in each class. No matter your students´proficiency level, no matter the topic, just choose a picture related to your current topic and use it as an excuse to use the TL during a chunk of the class.
There a some very common ways to work with images in the WL class, bu today I´m going to share with you some ucommon ones. After all, we are wearing our hats backwards!
Start by contextualizing the picture in a very comprehensible language. Best way to do this is connecting the image to the students reality. If you choose a picture of a dog, start by asking them about their pets, their names, their color, their kind, their routine, etc. Do no start talking about the picture itself right away.
Once you have spent some time using the image to retrieve some persona connections, then star talking about the image. Ask for description, and all the common activities (like picture talk) we always do.
# 1 A better image: Ask students how the image you are working with can be better. What is missing to make it a better picture? They can talk about angle, colors, or about specific things they think the picture is missing.
#2 Image´s mood: Ask students to describe the mood of the picture. Is it a happy picture? Is it a sad picture? Maybe nostalgic? Why? This activity is great when we use images to compare cultures. students tend to analyze images from their own cultural bias and a very interesting discussion can be opened.
#3 Could be better: Ask students what is making the image not a very good one. They will focus on detail, talk about how the person walking behind the dog is taking attention away from the main focus of the picture, etc.
#4 Wrong description: In paurs, one student describes the image to anothr student, but this description must be totally the opposite of what he or she sees in the image. The student who is listening the description knows that the image it´s been described the wrong way so it´s his/her job to come up with the right picture in their mind. After the wrong description is done, then is time for the other student to verbally describe what they think is the right picture. Class listens to all and the teacher allows everyone see the real picture.
Here is my second “Wear your cap backwards” video.
Please let me know if you ahve any questions. As always, kind comments are welcomed. Happy second week of instruction. We got this!
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