Thursday, 2 July 2009

An Xtranormal Introduction

I will be introducing myself to approximately 60 teachers over the next few weeks while doing Teacher Refresher courses in Oxford and so I thought it might be fun to try out an Xtranormal film as an introductory activity.

What I usually do is write up a few correct and some incorrect statements about myself on the board and then get students to guess which ones are true by asking me specific questions. I give all answers as if they are correct and so the students have to catch me out. Once they have found out the real facts, they have a few moments to repeat the activity for themselves. In small groups, they test each other on their information. The video below is just a different medium for exploiting the same idea.

For more ideas on how to use Xtranormal, especially with younger learners, please read Alex Case's really informative posting " & young EFL learners". It is full of useful ideas and tips on how to use this nifty little Web 2.0 tool.


popps said...

hmmm, tricky.......i'll go for 'teacher for 10 years " and 'fave drink vodka ' as incorrect.

LLJB said...

Well done! One more to go..

Alex Case said...

Great idea. Although I've written a whole article on it that was partly to brainstorm ideas for myself and I've only used it a few times, so I'm always keen to have other people's ideas as comments under the article.

Thanks for the mention