• General

    This taster course will give you an idea of how NILE Online courses work, the types of activity and interaction which are typical, and the role of course participants and the tutor. We have chosen some activities from the NILE Online course Classroom Activities, Interaction and Motivation for this taster course. You can see the overview of each unit's content by clicking below, but only Unit 5 has 'live' activities for you to try out.

    When you're ready, head to Unit 5, and participate in some of the activities. We hope you enjoy this slice of NILE Online and look forward to working with you on a full course soon!

    • UNIT 1

      Introduction

      In this unit we will learn to use the learning platform, introduce ourselves and get a general overview of the content, your teaching contexts and discuss what we mean by classroom activities.

      There are seven activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

      • Activity 1.1: To introduce yourself to others on the course
      • Activity 1.2: To make contact with your tutor through the messaging facility
      • Activity 1.3: To make contact with other participants 
      • Activity 1.4: To read a set of guidelines for effective online communication
      • Activity 1.5: To create metaphors for good classroom activities
      • Activity 1.6: To explore different aims and roles of classroom activities
      • Activity 1.7: To consider how different teaching contexts affect classroom activities

      Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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      • UNIT 2

        Effective Classroom Activities

        This unit looks at what makes good classroom activities. You’re going to learn to say what the aims are for some activities. There will be a focus on vocabulary learning, so here we will think about the importance of vocabulary recycling and look at a range of activities for reviewing vocabulary. Finally you will either teach a vocabulary activity or watch one being taught.

        There are five activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

        • Activity 2.1: To look at different elements of a good classroom activity
        • Activity 2.2: To understand the learning aims of some classroom activities
        • Activity 2.3: To look at the importance of vocabulary recycling
        • Activity 2.4: To discover a range of activities for recycling vocabulary
        • Activity 2.5: To try out, or watch, a classroom activity

        Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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        • UNIT 3

          Interaction

          In this unit we are going to look at why we need to encourage students to interact with each other in classroom activities. There are many different interaction patterns we can include in a class. You are going to think about the benefits of each of these. Then we will focus particularly on speaking activities and you are going to explore several different speaking activity-types. You will then watch a presentation about setting effective discussion questions. Finally we will meet online for a live webinar where we will have a discussion ourselves about common problems teachers face in speaking classes and how we can encourage students to interact more.

          There are five activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

          • Activity 3.1: To think about why students need to interact in class
          • Activity 3.2: To see the benefits of different interaction patterns
          • Activity 3.3: To discover and categorise a range of activities for speaking
          • Activity 3.4: To understand the characteristics of good discussion questions
          • Activity 3.5: To share ideas and solutions for encouraging interaction and dealing with common problems in speaking classes

          Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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          • UNIT 4

            Motivation

            In this unit we are going to look at motivation. You will start by thinking about what motivates people in general. And then you will use this knowledge to discuss how to make language learning activities more motivating. The other focus for this unit is writing, as teachers often ask how to motivate their students to write. We’ll ask why students may not want to write and then you’ll look at several classroom writing activities that should make them much more enthusiastic about writing. Finally, we’ll take a look at a collaborative writing project and share your ideas for one you could use to motivate your own students.

            There are five activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

            • Activity 4.1: To find out what motivates people in general
            • Activity 4.2: To see how we can make language learning activities more motivating
            • Activity 4.3: To suggest ways to motivate our students to write in English
            • Activity 4.4: To discover and evaluate some motivating writing activities
            • Activity 4.5: To share ideas for setting up collaborative writing projects

            Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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            • UNIT 5

              Classroom Management

              In this unit we are looking at classroom management for different stages of activities. We will especially look at giving good instructions. We’ll see that classroom management is different for different contexts (where you work, who your students are, etc.).  Then we’ll look at a range of short activities that can be used at the beginning or end of a lesson, or when we need to wake students up or calm them down. Finally, we’ll plan the stages and instructions for one activity. We’ll share this with our course colleagues.

              There are six activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

              • Activity 5.1: To explore the teacher’s role at different stages of a classroom activity
              • Activity 5.2: To explore and practise ways to give clear effective instructions for classroom activities
              • Activity 5.3: To explore some classroom management issues for different teaching and learning contexts
              • Activity 5.4: To look at the need for warmers, fillers, stirrers and settlers
              • Activity 5.5: To review a range of warmers, fillers, stirrers and settlers
              • Activity 5.6: To plan the aim, stages and instructions for one activity

              Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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              • UNIT 6

                Building and Sharing a Bank of Activities

                In this unit you are going to look at different ways that teachers can find new classroom activities. You will think about both paper and digital sources. Then you will focus on grammar activities and try to find some useful activities to satisfy particular grammar learning aims. After that you will look at some ways of storing and organising the classroom activities that you discover so you can easily find them the next time you need them. Finally you will look at ways you can share activities and resources online with colleagues. The work in this unit will be particularly useful for your final assignment.

                There are five activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

                • Activity 6.1: To explore ways of building a bank of classroom activities
                • Activity 6.2: To find reliable online sources of classroom activities
                • Activity 6.3: To find online grammar activities to meet specific aims
                • Activity 6.4: To discover some effective ways of storing and organising classroom activities you have found
                • Activity 6.5: To look at some ways of sharing your classroom activity bank with colleagues

                Estimated Unit Time: 6 hours

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                • UNIT 7

                  Evaluating, Adapting and Devising Activities

                  In this unit you are going to look at some ways of evaluating classroom activities. Then you will learn about some ways to adapt them where necessary, so they are more effective for your students. Finally there will be some hints for creating your own activities, and this will help you to make an activity yourself. The focus of this unit will be receptive skills – that is listening and reading activities.

                  There are four activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by XXX.

                  • Activity 7.1: To decide what the most important considerations are when evaluating activities generally
                  • Activity 7.2: To evaluate listening and reading activities for your students
                  • Activity 7.3: To explore some ways to adapt activities to make them more appropriate for your students
                  • Activity 7.4: To create some classroom activities suitable for your class

                  Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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                  • UNIT 8

                    Course Review and Assignment Preview

                    In this final unit we will review the whole course and look at what you need to do for your assignment. You will have the opportunity to try out tasks from both assignments, so you can choose which one you want to do and get some feedback before you start the real thing. Finally we’ll have a virtual goodbye party!

                    There are six activities in the unit. All activities must be completed by 16 March 2014.

                    • Activity 8.1: To review major areas of the course
                    • Activity 8.2: To think about your individual contexts and needs
                    • Activity 8.3: To find out about the two assignment options and assessment
                    • Activity 8.4: To try out part of Assignment One and receive written feedback
                    • Activity 8.5: To try out part of Assignment Two, receive oral feedback and decide which assignment to do for your assessment
                    • Activity 8.6: A closing activity for the group

                    Estimated Unit Time: 5 hours

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                    • SUBMIT PROJECT

                      Assessment

                      This is the place to submit your final piece of work for your tutor's feedback and assessment.

                      You will upload your project and return to this space to see your tutor's comments and your grade for the course.

                       

                      SUBMIT PROJECT