Ideas I haven’t tried out yet #2: Story circles

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This idea for a closer was shared with me by Marlon Schoep of Curtin University. He used it every day on a bridging course, and what I love about it is that it reminds those of our learners in tough, high-stakes courses that they’re part of a community and that they’re, you know, human.

And it’s very simple. At the end of the class, have all of the students stand in a circle. One student (a different student each time) tells a story about themselves.

A variation of this idea that my colleague suggested as a warmer is to have a different student each day give a 5-minute presentation (about themselves, about whatever topic is being studied that week, about whatever they have on their minds).

Ideas I haven’t tried out yet #1: Exploring new vocabulary with Google

This idea was suggested to me by Simon Cosgriff of Curtin University.

Take the word proximity. Have the learner do a Google search of, say, “proximity CNN.” They then look at the first six articles and note down as many collocations with proximity as possible.

A screenshot of the first three results alone yields close proximity, proximity to and proximity of X to:

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The learner could then try and formulate their own sentences using the collocations.