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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 an Interactive Video Tool to Activate Prior Knowledge

This Learning and Evaluation Situation named "Teen Issues" was created in 2018-2019 by Catherine Alain from the Portneuf Schoolboard.

The teacher used EdPuzzle to activate the prior knowledge of her students concerning bullying; how it makes them feel and how they are affected by it.

The intention of this LES is to make students aware of the different issues that teens experience, conscious that there are services that exists and have them produce a media poster with resources to help their classmates deal with it.

In collaboration with the Service national du RÉCIT, domaine des langues.


Monsters at School Project

A collaboration between elementary and secondary students.

Elementary students drew and described a monster.

Secondary students transformed their monster into a puppet monster and wrote a story about a situation that could happen in high school. This story was put into an online book in Book Creator with actions that the code in the Micro:bit represented.

Secondary students visited the elementary students and presented the puppet monsters with the Micro:bit. It was a great way to introduce the topic of going to high school.

What an experience for all these students!

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.