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Working in Stations in a Secondary ESL Classroom

In this clip, Karen Lyons, an ESL teacher and consultant at Saint-Edmond secondary school (CSMV), explains how she uses stations with her secondary classes.

The advantages of working in stations are that the proposed activities are short, varied, develop different strategies and competencies and students move from one station to another! Also, if they miss one class, they can continue their work without having problems trying to catch up with the others.

You can download the zombie stations linked to this article and use them with your students. Thanks to Karen Lyons and Jacqueline Carrière who shared their wonderful work with the ESL community.

Using a Collaborative Word Cloud with Mentimeter

In this video, we present how you can use a collaborative word cloud to activate prior knowledge with Mentimeter.

Using an Entry Ticket with Padlet

In this clip, we present how you can create an entry ticket activity with Padlet.

Padlet is an online multiplatform tool that creates a virtual wall where teachers and students can collaborate and reflect on a variety of topics. They can also share videos, links, images and sounds. It’s even possible to record a comment directly in a post and draw something.

Other ideas to integrate Padlet in class:

-  To activate prior knowledge in collaboration
-  To check for understanding
-  To brainstorm vocabulary or sentences to reinvest in a written production
-  To share resources (images, videos, links)
-  To showcase student’s work
-  To receive or record feedback
-  To summarize student’s learning
-  To ask metacognitive questions