So let's use them to teach with...
Practice the language of arranging meetings
You can easily dogme this lesson - simply ask your students to brainstorm a list of meetings and appointments they regularly and irregularly have with their colleagues and in their personal lives.
- Get them to write these down in their notebooks or stick up on the board.
- Ask them to drag out their computers-in-their-back-pockets a.k.a phones and encourage them to organize meetings with each other. Provide a time frame to work within, e.g within the next 2 - 8 weeks.
- Work on their grammatical weaknesses, supply alternative phrases, correct the common errors.
For students who feel more comfortable with a worksheet, download these:
Who's this lesson for?
Employed adults with smartphones or BlackBerry devices.
Elementary (with some vocabulary explanations) to Advanced.
Best with Pre-Intermediate.
25 - 40 minutes. Longer if you do the extension exercise.
When to use this lesson:
- to support a textbook unit on telephoning or meetings
- as a review of expressions for arranging meetings
- to focus on prepositions of time (on, at, in)
- to practice using ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd..)
- to work on the future structures (will, be going to, future continuous etc.)
- follow up weekly/ whenever you need quick ice-breaker or a 5 minute filler
p.s. before you dash off - have you got any other great ideas for using smartphones in class? The other day we google'd and wikipedia'd (we were looking up Farah Fawcett's age) and this was loads of fun too - would love to know how you've been using them too...