How Tech Keeps Students Engaged   2 comments

Simply: Have them create their own content.

I adapted a textbook exercise on giving advice about moving back home with your parents to use with my intermediate listening/speaking class. Students completed the following steps to create their own advice video:

  1. Listen to an interview about the reasons why people move back home with their parents, and take notes (Real Talk 2)
  2. Adapt questions from the interview to use in their own surveys.
  3. Interview other students about their reasons to move back home with their parents.
  4. Regroup and discuss results.
  5. Create their own advice videos.

By recording, viewing, critiquing, and re-recording the videos, my students had much more speaking and listening practice that they would have by just reading an article and answering some questions.

When students create their own content, it creates great buy in! To view the videos, please visit the American Culture & Language Institute’s Facebook page:


Posted March 20, 2012 by Cyn Hatch in Ed Tech, ESL Teaching

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2 responses to “How Tech Keeps Students Engaged

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  1. At you can have students create gap-filling exercises. Although the website was created with teachers in mind, you could also ask your students to sign up for a teacher account so that they can create quizzes for their fellow students.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. More and more, technology has become quite innovative and in constant advancement. Adapting to this change and embracing it with our student’s learning can greatly enhance their capabilities and skills especially in this modern age. I think it allows them to to learn English while enjoying themselves.

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