Three years ago I came up with a great idea for the final exam in speaking class: each student has to teach 20 minutes of class. I did it once, three years ago, and haven’t had the opportunity to do it again…until this semester.
With thirty students in a class this takes at least 5 weeks, sometimes more. I’m not gonna lie, it’s awesome for me because for 1/3 of the semester I don’t need to prepare, or teach class.
But it’s awesome for the class as well, because with the students in the drivers seat they have so much more fun. I really stressed that they should teach class specifically to their classmates and their classmates interest and I have to say, they have gotten a lot more participation out of each other than I ever expected. They also came up with some ideas I’m totes stealing in future years.
So what did they do this time? Well, here’s some pictures.
No one would ever accuse me of being a strict teacher. But to me, I see successful teaching as getting the students to use, and enjoy using, the language. I want them to use it while speaking to each other, and not just me. And this final exam fit the bill. It got them to speak a lot, got each other speaking, and even better we all had a great time. That’s a win-win for me even if we never opened a textbook.
P.S. It also means the semester is over! Summer holiday has arrived! Woot!