Collocations with “make”
As students find it difficult to learn with verbs go with which other words, they frequently male lexical mistakes. Their lack of vocabulary hinders all their language skills especially while especially speaking and writing.
However, collocation maps like the one above are very helpful for them to learn the targetted vocabulary in collocations. Preparing such a collocation chart is very easy. I have used simple word document tools while preparing the one above. It is also possible to prepare similar ones using mindmapping tools such as “text2mindmap”
A few tips to deal with collocation maps :
- After introducing the collocations to students and making sample sentences with them , you can ask your students to work in pairs to write sentences. Afer checking and correcting the sentences the pairs have written, cut them in strips each of which has got one of the collocations practised. Then, you can group the students in threes and ask each group to pick one strip. When they pick the strip tell them whether they are supoosed to use the sentence in the strip with a collocation in it as the beginning or the ending sentence of the short story they are going to write. Tell the students that they have 5 minutes to discuss and decide on the setting, the characters and the events in their story and allow them 10 minutes to write their story as a group. After collecting the stories they have written and checking them, give the stories back to the students so that they can illustrate it with pictures, prepare a comic strip using the story or a poster to display on the class wall .
- Another activity you can do with the collocations is to ask students to form their own groups of 4 and to write a story using as many of the collocations as possible. The group that uses the most of them win the game. The time I allowed for my situdents was 15 minutes. Actually, I gave them a setting, some of the characters and a situation so that they could write more easily. After they finished their stories , they read it out loud in the class. Then I collected the stories so that I can check their mistakes. After checking their stories I gave the story to a member of another group to do the peer check and allowed then three days so that they couls spend more time on the story . They brought their stories written on a powerpoint document and illustrated with pictures. Finally I asked them a member from each group to upload their ppt stories on http://www.brainshark.com/mybrainshark in order to add voice to their ppts. They really enjoyed working on their ppts, and after their voiced ppts were ready, they uploaded them on our class’ edmodo account to share them with the rest of the class.
This website presents games that allow students not only to identify grammar items but also to edit and correct capitalization and punctuation games while playing games.
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www.fen.com presents a varity of other websites where you can find games on sentence structure as well as vocabulary.
- “Wall of Words” is one of them and aims practising not only sentence structure and word order but also punctuation.
www.factmonster.com is a free reference site for students, and teachers, as well as parents, and is absolutely worth visiting. There is even a thesaurus giving access to more than 150.000 words.
http://www.funenglishgames.com offers a variety of games on punctuation, sentence structure , prefixes and suffixes, and word types as well as quizzes, videos and worksheets.
When you visit the page and click on “Games”, you can have access to a range of Reading, Grammar , Writing , Word and Spelling games.
Unfortunately, the website does not provide any templates, and therefore you can use only the ones that meets your students’ language learning targets. What is for sure is that your students will definitely have fun playig them.
For example , this game asks your students to pick their own vocabulary so that they can create their own stories. They select the adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns in the story , and eventually they create their own story. If you like you can get a printable quiz at the end of the game.
JING is a very practical tool to take screen shots, to capture short videos and to share them with others ot to use them in your documents. I highly recommend you watch the instructional video(s) right after you download the application.
I use JING in a number of ways. For example, while preparing infographics or powerpoint presentations , it is really helpful. Below is an example how I used it in my writing class while we were brainstorming on how to narrow down the topic to provide background information. I am sure you can come up with several other ways to use JING 🙂
here are some available web tool for that such as OneNote ( http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/default.aspx), Evernote (http://evernote.com/intl/tr/) , and WordPress as well as the good old pen and paper. However, I personallt believe Penzu is totally different from then all in that it brings almost the same taste the tradition diaries. I have been using Penzu with my students for a couple of years now and what I have observed is that students love working with Penzu no matter whether they are working with it individually, in groups or as a class. You can check out on the website how it is used personally 🙂 There are some tutorial videos on how you can activate, use and facilitate Penzu and Penzu Classroom has also been available for some time now. Here are some different ways how I have facilitated Penzu in my classes :
- In A1 and A2 levels, students keep their Penzu diaries to practise writing by telling about themselves and others, describing themselves and others, describing their rooms, or their cities , narrating their past experiences. In these levels , I always value the importance of pair work, so I ask them to keep pairs a writing diary for themselves. the two students in the pair check each other’s writing and finally I check their entries .
- I also encourage my students to keep their own dairies where they can attach photos or insert videos that they have shot through their mobiles. The good thing about Penzu is that you can allow whoever you like to see and / or edit your entries. Once I remember keeping a class writing Penzu with my A2 writing class . The content of that Penzu was the completed above average writing tasks of students ,and believe it or not my students competed with each other so that their task was chosen to be worthy of being displayed onthe class Penzu. What I was trying to do, though, was to provide them with a writing reference book based on their own tasks whcih they can go refer to while they were revising for the final exam 🙂
- In B1, B2 and C1 levels , Penzu has served perfectly well as my students’ writing portfolio where they keep all their drafts and essay finals 🙂
- In one of my repeating A2 classes I had to keep more than one Penzu as they liked it very much and wanted me to keep a seperate for posting the homework , assignments and tasks as well as the anser keys :))
Below is the link where you have access to Penzu tutorial videos and the introductory video to Penzu.