Tips on Creating ESL Resources to Reinforce Students’ Learning Part 4

Custom Designed ESL Resources  part 4

This part is includes:

  • Word processing features every ESL teacher needs to know how to use
  • examples of activities
  • other considerations

Word Processing Software features to know and use effectively:

  • Fonts
  • Shapes
  • Page orientation
  • Shape Fill
  • Text Colour
  • Table
  • Headers/footers
  • Text alignment
  • Spacing
  • Inserting pictures/drawing tools
  • Text box
  • Page Numbers
  • Bullets and numbering
  • Page layout

Other important considerations:

  • consistency (With the format, language and layout)
  • instructions (Give clear and easy to follow instruction written in everyday language)
  • language (Use everyday words)
  • examples (Provide examples of how to do the activity)
  • clarity with the objective (Why do you want your students to do the activity? What are you trying to achieve?)
  • logic (Consider the logical sequence of your activity within your other lesson activities)
  • feedback (Where possible, turn your feedback into something students can learn from instead of just giving the correct answers, i.e. discussing other students’ answers; was it easy or difficult, why? Etc.)

The variety of activities that can be designed for an ESL class with the minimum investment of time are limitless. Here are some ideas:

  1. Name 5
  2. Word/idea hunt
  3. Gap fill
  4. Finish the sentence/story
  5. Matching
  6. Grouping
  7. Spot the odd one
  8. Editing
  9. Making sentences
  10. What was the question?
  11. Sequencing
  12. WebQuests
  13. Word search
  14. Anagrams
  15. Crosswords
  16. Quizzes
  17. Spot the differences
  18. What happens next?
  19. Reconstructing text/sentences
  20. Bingo games
  21. True/False or multiple choice

Some of examples can be found in the downloads section of the website.

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