IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING WITH SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM

11006384_798478686911777_7419203510370587379_nYou may have ever heard of this free global community for teachers. If so, you may have ever considered the possibility of planning different ways to use it in your classroom. These were precisely the kind of thoughts I had before I actually made up my mind. The tool was there, knocking on my class door. BUT, how to get the most out of it when you are teaching young learners English as a second language? I managed to fit this amazing experience as a part of our Term project: Children in Victorian times.

We had some lessons to investigate about the sort of toys and games children used to play back In Victorian times and compare with ours nowdays. After that, I asked my students to bring into class their favourite games and toys and talk about them . They found these sessions extremely rewarding and useful so we thought that we could share these oral presentations with other children. I came up with Skype in the classroom as a tool to give presentations in real time. They jumped on the idea of connecting with other schools around the world. So we did. We arranged a few sessions with Primary schools in Pakistan and Cyprus in which children were taking turns to talk about their toys and games as well as asking questions. What a great example to see how important is to learn through a communicative and interactive approach in class. That’s what we need to learn a language. A real context to practice and use it, and not just focusing on grammar drilling exercises. Definitely Skype inspired kids’ learning.

SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM: https://education.skype.com/

BRITISH COUNCIL BILINGUAL PROJECT IN SPAIN: http://www.britishcouncil.es/en/partnerships/success-stories/bilingual

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