27 ago 2015 More on Multilevel Classes: A Few Ideas
Last month I discussed multilevel classrooms. This month I share some ideas to I have done in class.
A very interesting and challenging way for students to deal with a reading passage!
- Choose a reading passage.
- Pre-teach vocabulary and grammar.
- Cut the reading into 3-4 or more parts, depending on size.
- Make copies if you have more students than parts of text.
- Distribute the parts of text among students.
- Each student reads their part silently to themselves.
- High-level students should receive the more challenging parts.
- Mid-level students should receive parts that contain discourse markers.
- Low-level students short introductory parts.
- Low-level students get into groups and work out their doubts
- Mid-level students in groups try to figure out comes after their part.
- Advanced-level students in groups should figure out what comes before.
Final Whole Class Activity:
- Students try to reconstruct the article in the correct order, and check it against the original article.
Using an Article
This is a good procedure for dealing with difficult articles in multilevel classrooms. The idea is that with the one article each group works at their own level.
- Ask pre-reading questions on title, sub-titles, and illustrations.
- Ask predictions about the content of the text based on their answers
- Go over key vocabulary.
- Distribute the text to class (if necessary, before that divide text into parts)
- Ask students to read text (or parts of text).
- Divide students into as many different leveled groups as necessary.
- Advanced-level groups might write their reactions to the content of the article (or part) or be asked to discuss their reactions to the article (or part).
- Intermediate-level groups might answer a multiple choice quiz or content-based questions.
- Low-intermediate groups might do a fill-in-the-blank exercise on the vocabulary or sentences from the article.
- After checking the answers to activities the teacher may ask if low level want to try the mid-level and if mid-level want to try advanced-level activities.
Let me hear your reactions and results, if you use any of these!