What is Project-Based Learning?
It's always recommended to do an example of whatever you ask the students to do in class. This does a few things:
1. Helps the students have a clear idea of what they should do.
2. Gives them a little added motivation because they saw that you did one first.
3. Leads by example.
In Jesse's example tutorial, he teaches you how to spin a pen around your thumb. This is a simple action that nearly anybody can learn how to do, and it can be given by using clear step-by-step instruction.
LESSON: Create a Tutorial (video)
OBJECTIVES:a. To give accurate instruction to do something b. Build useful vocabulary and fluency expressions c. Learn how to make better photographs
LEVEL:Teens or Adults (Blue Belt or Above)
ACTIVITY: Class Structure
· Choose if you want this project to be group or individual
· Introduce the topic and your tutorial (or Jesse’s from the video lesson)
· Work through the worksheet and have students assess their Instagram or Gallery photos using the vocabulary.
· Teach the expressions for giving instruction and have students use the worksheet when they prepare their tutorial.
· Keep the intended audience in mind. If the intended audience is IG (vertical), less than a minute. If it’s YouTube or Facebook, 2-4 (horizontal) minutes.
· Give students time to work through the language.
· Students can write a script or an outline with target sentences.
· Less is more. The idea is for students to work through how to explain these with little instruction or input from the teacher.
Good luck! Let me know how it works for you and if you have any special touches that I can try in my classes:
I. Shooting Video: Vocabulary
Shot (n)/ To shoot –
The frame (n) –
To draw the eye –
Right third (n) –
Left third (n) –
Top third (n) –
Bottom third (n) –
The center (n) –
Use the “rule of thirds”
Discuss the questions below
What does the “rule of thirds” mean? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Where is the eye drawn in photo (a) (b)? _______________________________________
Which direction is the person in picture (b) facing? ____________________________
Why is it important for that person to face that way in the photo? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
II. Expressions and Vocabulary from Jesse’s tutorial on “How To Flip Your Pen Around Your Thumb.” Write a sentence from your presentation for the expressions that you use
(Ex. First, take the pencil in your normal writing hand.)
Your writing hand (n)
(Ex. Hold the pen in your writing hand.)
Be sure to…
(Ex. Be sure to hold the pen near the back so it has enough room to spin.)
(Ex. Hold the pen loosely with three fingers.)
You don’t want to… because…
(Ex. You don’t want to hold it in the middle because you won’t have enough room.)
Write8 additional words or expressions that are important for your tutorial.
(Ex. Your writing hand, to hold something loosely, do the same motion, etc.)
How to tie your shoes
How to make a paper airplane
How to do a card trick
How to read
How to repair something
How to build something
How to cook something
How to draw something
How to do a move in a sport
FLUENCY (Am I communicating clearly and coherently?) /10
VOCABULARY (Am I using proper and appropriate vocabulary?) /10
PRESENTATION (Is the video look and sound presentable?) /10
Easter Egg Lessons:
Creativity - Students will get a chance to actually create something similar to things that they may have seen on YouTube.
Instagram - They will be able to improve their Instagram game, learning about photography.
What else can you find?
Have you ever noticed...
"... and sometimes it's because they just don't want to be there."
"... and sometimes it's just because they don't want to be there."
... mean different things.
It might be a good idea to pre-teach any expressions you'd like them to use (especially B1 or low B2 levels).
How it works:
1. Get a partner
2. Open Instagram or your Photo Gallery
3. Choose a photo
4. Describe the photo and your partner draws what you describe.
This activity should last about 6-10 minutes depending on class size and how much you need to describe or demonstrate.
Photo On Screen
Create a PowerPoint or use the one available for members to show the photos on the screen, and have the students break into pairs. One partner has their back to the screen and the other partner describes the photo.
Students open their phones and follow the instructions above.
Combine Lessons for a Full Speaking Lesson
Find a complete lesson plan combining this lesson with PRONUNCIATION CALL to create an entire speaking lesson for your classes.
Ask the students to hide their drawing as their partner is describing. This will help the flow of the description so the conversation isn't filled with, "No, the hair is longer than that."
Two or three times each partner is enough. Any more than that, the students start getting bored. We want to keep them engaged.
Easter Egg Lessons:
Active Listening - Students will have to be engaged as they're drawing. They can even ask relevant questions while they are listening.
Cooperation - Students will have to work together while they're drawing and sharing numbers during the pronunciation call.
What else can you find?
Have more time.