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Using Recap as an Integration Activity

In this clip, Michèle Palmieri-Colatriano, ESL teacher at La Dauversière primary school (CSPI), explains how and why she uses Recap as an integration activity at the end of a LES.

Michèle uses the texts written by the MEES Ask an Expert – Bedbugs for Intensive ESL and adapts them into an LES. Students become experts on bedbugs to answer specific questions in the form of a letter, as well as to think critically about scientific information. At the end, they record their answers in the app called Recap. This document is used to help formulate the right question in this specific activity.

Recap is an easy video response multiplatform tool that can be used to allow students to answer reflection questions about:

-  What they learned.
-  What they liked.
-  What strategies they used in the learning sequence.
-  What questions still remain.
-  How they feel about the task.
-  How will they proceed.

Constructing Meaning of Texts Using Recap

In this clip, Alexandra Coutlée, an ESL teacher from des Hauts-Sommets High School, explains how and why she uses the Recap tool with her secondary students.

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Teacher’s Role

Teacher Role

  • Define pedagogical intention
  • Specify instructions related to the task
  • Present work modalities

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Student’s Role

Student Role

  • Represent the task to accomplish
  • Question, exchange and validate comprehension
  • Use different technological resources

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Teacher’s Role

Teacher Role

  • Define the proposed task
  • ​Encourage, support and guide students providing effective feedback
  • Plan moments to evaluate and adjust the learning sequence

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Student’s Role

Student Role

  • Question, exchange and validate comprehension
  • Use technological resources
  • Use different strategies

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Teacher’s Role

Teacher Role

  • Benefit from sharing and presentation moments to encourage consolidation of learning
  • Enable students to reflect on learning, on their process and their work
  • Discuss possible transfer and invite students to make links
  • Provide feedback on peer’s work

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Student’s Role

Student Role

  • Reflect on process
  • Make links
  • Share work and process
  • Learn and provide feedback on peers work
  • Generalize learning in broader contexts

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.

Demonstrating Understanding with Padlet

In this clip, Roxanne Paquette, an Intensive ESL teacher from Louis-de-Gonzague elementary school (CSDM), explains how she integrates Padlet as an activity to verify student understanding after reading texts.

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.

Do you want to know how you can use it in class? You can watch this quick tutorial explaining how to activate students’ prior knowledge with the Entry Ticket activity using Padlet. Note that it can be used for different pedagogical intentions but setting up the activity remains the same.

Writing and Producing a Wacky News Report

In this clip, Nadia Laurendeau explains to her students how to write and produce their text (a wacky news report) using the Tellagami app.

Because Tellagami is no longer supported with the new version of iOS (on iPads), we are proposing other tools in the LES to create the news report such as Vokiand My Talking Avatar (for tablets and computers) .

In collaboration with Sandra Laine, consultant, Service national du RÉCIT, domaine des langues

Using Padlet to Brainstorm the Meaning of Vocabulary Words

In this clip, Melissa Saulnier, an elementary ESL teacher, uses Padlet to build vocabulary with her Grade 3 students. In teams of three, they discuss the meaning of words found in The Zlooks book. They have access to the functional language needed for the activity, their resource booklet and a picture dictionary. After the brainstorming activity, the teacher reads the book and verifies if they have found the meaning of each word.

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

Do you want to know how you can use it in class? You can watch this quick tutorial explaining how to activate students’ prior knowledge with the Entry Ticket activity using Padlet. Note that it can be used for different pedagogical intentions but setting up the activity remains the same.

Checking for Understanding Using Plickers

In this clip, Marie-Étienne Blackburn, an elementary ESL teacher (CSDM), explains why and how she uses the Plickers application to check students’ understanding during an evaluation situation.

Using the Plickers tool is a great solution for low-tech classrooms. All you need is a mobile device with a camera and a computer hooked up to a projector. Questions are projected and students answer with a Plickers card. The answers are scanned with a mobile device and the results appear instantly on the screen. It’s a great way to engage students and get everyone’s input.

There are a variety of quiz tools that exist such as: Quizizz, Kahoot, Socrative, Google Form or O365 Forms, etc. The choice of the tool depends on your preference, your pedagogical intention and the technology available in class.

Do you want to have more ideas on how to integrate survey tools in class? You can consult the Engage Students with Interactive Videos and Survey presentation.

Create an Online Book About Christmas Using Book Creator

In this clip, Marthe Poulin, a secondary ESL teacher at des Deux-Rives school (CSBE), explains how she used the topic of Christmas to help students reflect, share and communicate their opinions about on how society influences their lives. Students had to write down their reflection on each subject in order to create an online book using Book Creator.

Description of the project for students

At your age, one might say you have become an expert concerning anything and everything related to Christmas. The intention of the activities we will be doing during the month of December is to help you reflect on how this holiday influences and affects you.

Together, we will discover how commercialism has influenced your life and the environment. We will bring to light the possible conflicts these influences have on your personal values as you continue to forge your own identity.

Reinvest information to create a narrated presentation of an Olympic athlete

This project was created by Gabrielle Gibeault, an ESL teacher at l’école des Bâtisseurs (CSVDC). She had the chance to be a volunteer for team Canada at the PyeongChang Olympic games and wanted to use her experience to create something for her students.

The Project
The students will learn about Winter Olympic games, the different disciplines and the athletes competing for Team Canada. Using PowerPoint Mix, they will make a narrated presentation of an athlete. These presentations will be sent to the athletes and shared on the school’s website.

Online Book Creator Tutorial

A tutorial created by Cool Cat Teacher explaining how to use Online Book Creator with students in a classroom.

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Book Appreciation Using a Video Response Tool

This project was done by Geneviève Goupil from CSDM with her regular grade 6 students.
After reading the novel "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" in class as a group, students learn how to formulate their opinion and appreciation through various activities. In the final task, they answer questions from their teacher via a video response tool to share their opinion and appreciation of the book.
The video response tool she used will become unavailable. Another tool that can be used is Flipgrid.

Why Should We Activate Prior Knowledge?

Finding out what students already know about a certain topic is essential to improving learning. Not every student has the same background knowledge. According to Marzano, "What students already know about the content is one of the strongest indicators of how well they will learn new information relative to the
content" (2004, p. 1). We can then provide resources that will really suit their needs. In this document, you will find a variety of activities to activate prior knowledge with ICTs and get a better understanding of what your whole class knows about a given topic.

Using Mentimeter as a Hook and For Reviewing Vocabulary

In this video, we see how and why Nadia Laurendeau, an ESL teacher at CSMV, uses a collaborative word cloud, with the Mentimeter tool, to review vocabulary with her Grade 4 students. She also wanted to hook them to the topic that they will work on in class.

Mentimeter is an online tool that creates interactive presentations. There are a variety of activities that can be used in class such as the collaborative word cloud, multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions, etc.

Do you want to know how you can use it in class? You can watch this quick tutorial explaining how to activate students’ prior knowledge with Mentimer. Note that it can be used for different purposes but setting up the activity remains the same.

Using Hooks

In this clip, we present why it is important to use hooks. Hooks allow you to capture students’ interest right from the start. They tell the students what they are about to learn and why it is important. It also helps them to make links to things they already know.

A Survivor’s Journal

In this learning situation, we want to make students aware of different survival stories that have occurred in real life. They will develop empathy while reacting to different situations in authentic contexts. Throughout the project, they will enhance their reflective thinking and communication skills.

In team, students will write a survival story (journal/diary) where they have to imagine themselves having gone through a difficult survival situation. Their survival instincts, emotions and feelings will be portrayed as well as the sequence of events and the solutions to the problems encountered.

In the clip, you will see students recording their journal using the online tool Recap. Since, it as shut down, you could do this project with any video recording tool: camera app on a tablet, Flipgrid(similar to Recap), etc.

Reviewing Vocabulary to Prepare for Coding

In this clip, Patricia Blanchette, an elementary ESL teacher at l’école Barthélémy-Vimont (CSDM), explains how she prepared her students for a coding activity using Scratch.

Scratch is a free online programming language where students can use blocks to create stories, games, and animations. In this video, Patricia presents the key vocabulary students need to use in order to complete a Scratch script.

You can find many tutorials online that will support your teaching of programming to young students. We have included a link to Randy Hamlyn’s Coding in Intensive English Resources.

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Coding in Intensive English

In this project, Caroline Poulin, an Intensive English teacher at Cs Des Navigateurs and Randy Hamlyn, an ESL educational consultant, collaborated to create tools to bring coding into the classroom in a pedagogical way.

They have created activities where students learn the basics of coding while learning English. A special emphasis was put on having students interact orally.

We encourage you to go through the steps on the website in order to be ready when you start using the tools with the students.

You can find all the tools on Randy’s ESL HAMLet website.

Using KWL with Scrumblr

This video presents how to use a KWL chart to activate prior knowledge with an online tool called Scrumblr.

Using the IWB to Brainstorm and Ask Questions About a Book

In this clip, Nadia Laurendeau uses the interactive whiteboard to brainstorm vocabulary and ask questions about a book that was read in class: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

These preparation activities are linked to an LES called: Wacky News Report for Elementary, Cycle 3.

In collaboration with Sandra Laine, consultant, Service national du RÉCIT, domaine des langues

Create a promotional clip about a resort using Adobe Spark Video

In this clip, Caroline Saint-Louis, a secondary ESL teacher from Massey-Vanier high school (CSVDC), explains how she used Adobe Spark Video to have her students create a promotional video of a resort.

The Resort Project

With a partner, students will decide on a resort that they you would want to visit. They will be using the Adobe Spark Video application in order to create a video that will promote a resort and make it irresistible to visit!

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.

Reviewing Grammar Using Quiz Tools

In this clip, Nadia Laurendeau, an ESL teacher at the Samuel-De Champlain Elementary School (CSMV), explains how she uses Quizziz (a quiz tool) to review grammar with her students.

Quizizz is a free multiplatform tool that is used to create quizzes in class or at home. There are a variety of quiz tools that exist such as: Plickers, Kahoot, Socrative, Google Form or O365 Forms, etc. The choice of the tool depends on your preference, your pedagogical intention and the technology available in class.

Do you want to have more ideas to integrate survey tools in class? You can consult the Engage Students with Interactive Videos and Surveys presentation.

Writing and Producing a Narrated Video of a Poem Using Adobe Spark Video

In this clip, Annie Perreault, a secondary ESL teacher at Jean-Jacques Bertrand High School (CSVDC), explains how her students write poetry and record a narration of their poem using Adobe Spark Video.

Students write their poem according to a specific structure. They can use an online resource called Rhyme Zone to help them in their writing.

When ready, students record their poem using Adobe Spark Video and find images that would support their text.

When completed, the productions are shared and watched in the classroom. It is a great opportunity to provide constructive feedback to their peers.

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

How Can Technology Support a Trolley Teacher?

In this clip, Kimberley Hornburg an ESL primary teacher at CSPI, explains how she got organized after she lost her class because of an increase in clientele.

Being a trolley teacher means that each period is done in a different room with differing contexts and technology. It’s not always easy to manage and to think about everything needed for a period.

Tools such as the IWB software (Notebook, ActiveInspire, etc.) and even presentation tools like Power Point Online or Google Slides can become helpful when you need to get going fast with a class. With these applications, you can already plan a routine and have links that you need for your lesson, LES or activity.

Reinvesting Information to Create a Brochure and Produce a Video Advertisement Using Adobe Spark Video

In this clip, Julie Pilote, a secondary ESL teacher at Le Centre Saint-Aubin (CSDC), explains how she organizes classroom activities for her students to create a brochure and produce a video advertisement using Adobe Spark Video.

In this project, teams of students plan a trip to a Canadian province or a territory of their choice. Each member must plan a complete day in a city/town! At the end, they have to present their trip at the ITAC (International Travel Agency Contest). This famous contest is the best opportunity for the team to present a destination and its wonders.

Students will:

  • Create a business card of their travel agency;
  • Create a travelling brochure;
  • Produce a video advertisement;
  • Present the trip to the ITAC.

This activity was designed by Julie Pilote and Sophie Bernier, ESL teacher and ESL Consultant, CSDC.

Using the Frayer Model with an IWB

In this clip, we present how to use the Frayer Model (a graphic organizer) to activate prior knowledge using IWB software.