For many new ESL teachers and classroom volunteers, observing an experienced teacher leading lessons is one of the best methods for developing classroom management strategies, strong teaching practices, and a repertoire of favorite activities. However, full schedules and busy lives can make it difficult to schedule on-site teacher observations.
With this in mind, the Minnesota Literacy Council has developed the Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners video series, which features professional teachers leading adult ESL classes through common classroom activities. The videos include both volunteer-led and teacher-led classrooms. Teachers and volunteers can watch these videos at a convenient time and location in order to develop their classroom skills and become more comfortable introducing new activities to their learners.
The videos can be found at the Minnesota Literacy Council website under the Volunteer tab. Each featured activity has two videos: a full version, which shows the entire activity from beginning to end, and a short version, which gives an overview of the activity and highlights the instructions and teacher-led transitions. The videos are accompanied by a printable PDF description of the activity which contains step-by-step directions, preparation and materials, and suggestions for extensions.
Classroom activities in the series include speaking, listening, reading, writing and numeracy activities such as:
- Walking Dictation
- Exit Ticket
- Number of the Day
- Mingle Grid
- Post-It™ Chart
- Concentric Circles
- Dialogues and Dialogue Variations
Visit the Classroom Videos webpage for a full list of activities and links to all of the videos.
The videos were produced by MN Literacy Council Media Intern Timothy Johnson, and ESL Training Coordinator Andrea Echelberger.