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Advanced Lexis-Spelling can be fun-Lillian

An activity to spice up word dictation; to engage students into spelling words, writing sentences or even writing answers to questions; to encourage students to use their short-term memory, long-term memory and working memory.

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Comment by Lillian Li on November 11, 2014 at 8:54pm

Of couse, for the first few times, students are new to this activity and it would take longer than 10 minutes including the time for explaining and demonstration.

P.S. I would also like to have the students write on their notebooks when doing this activity, which is good for them to reflect after class. 

Comment by Lillian Li on November 11, 2014 at 8:45pm

Hi Laura, 

Thank you for the questions. 

Why 10 minutes only? When to use it?

This activity is so fun for some kids that they can play it forever. Then teachers are easily to get lazy and just keep going, which is dangerous because it's eating up the time for other activities that focus on speaking and communicating.

I would like my students to practice spelling outside the classroom. For some classes, I do this activity as a routine to check if the students are doing their jobs at home, and to motivate them to recycle words.

In other cases, I would do this activity right after introducing a grammar point or a new structure. Then the object of it is to practice the new structure by using the old words in the new structure.

Comment by Lillian Li on November 11, 2014 at 8:17pm

Comment by Claire Ding on October 6, 2014 at 6:14pm

Hey Lillian, thanks so much for introducing such a useful activity to practise spelling. I like how you adapted it to suit the high level students. I'm going to suggest and try it with my students. Thanks!

Comment by Ross Thorburn on September 30, 2014 at 4:00pm

Hi Lillian. I liked the diagrams in your PPT and the examples of encouraging learner autonomy by asking students to help each other during the classroom spelling activity. Well done!

Comment by Laura Wilkes on September 29, 2014 at 3:20pm

Hi Lillian, 

Thank you for sharing this engaging interactive activity. You present it very clearly with your use of visuals and well-planned script. You support your rationale for this activity with relevant references to Thornbury as well as student engagement. It was great to see students engaged in this game and helping one another complete the activity. 

You mentioned that the activity should not last more than 10minutes? Can you expand on why this is the case? When would you recommend teachers use this activity in a lesson?


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