Ri Willoughby, on the 18th day of the CELTA course, held a session about the use of technology in language classes and provided a lot of helpful tips. Four special suggestions as to how mobile phones could be exploited are my favorite points from the session. Therefore, I have decided to spare the post for them.
1) Ask students to take out their phones to speak with their partners about the strengths of the phones they own. This is especially good because it will allow students to practice the use of comparatives and superlatives. As a follow up activity, students may be asked to put together the strengths of both mobile phones and create one special phone out of them.
2) Ask students to choose one of the pictures they have on their phones and describe it to their partners for them to draw what is described. This activity can be used to give students an opportunity to practice their use of prepositions or imperatives. As a follow up, teachers may have the pictures drawn on the walls and ask students to try to guess how the real picture was.
3) Ask students to take photos of anything they see outside the classroom and bring them to school in order to share with their friends the details about when and why they had taken that particular photo. This will help students practice the use of past tenses and language for giving reasons and justification. As a follow up, the class can be asked to vote for the best photo based on the notes taken while listening to their friends.
4) Ask students to record you telling a story and find out certain points about it as they watch it with their friends. This is a great activity because students may try to discover anything from the number of tenses the teacher uses to how the teacher gives himself/herself thinking time. It can even be used to have students analyze stress and intonation patterns if they are advanced enough. That’s to say, sky is the limit to what such a practice makes possible.
I hope you will all enjoy using these ideas and make the most out of mobile phones in classrooms.