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What is a cloze activity?

What is a cloze activity?

Cloze activities were originally developed for reading instruction, but over the years they have proven so valuable and easy to design that they are now commonplace in many subject areas and serve as a popular assessment tool for teachers everywhere. The concept of the cloze procedure is simple. Words are removed from a reading passage by the teacher and presented as blanks which the students must fill in. Selecting which words to remove can be done in a variety of ways. Online cloze generators generally remove every 5th or 10th word, depending on the length of the text. However, most teachers prefer to select the words according to the objectives of the lesson or the particular content being learned. Removing keywords from a passage is a strategy for drawing the learner’s attention to them and forcing them to consider their meaning. Read More »

How to play Quizlet Live in Zoom

How to play Quizlet Live in Zoom

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you’ve probably heard of (and used) Quizlet. For the few who haven’t, Quizlet is an online flashcard system that allows users to create sets of terms and definitions as well as study those created by others. There are five study modes: Learn, Flashcards, Write, Spell (desktop only), and Test. There are also three game modes: Match, Gravity (desktop only), and Live. It is the last of these games that I would like to introduce in this post. More specifically, I would like to introduce a couple of alternatives that allow students to play over a video conferencing platform such as Zoom.

Before I delve into the details of how to set things up, I should first explain the basic objectives of Quizlet Live. Live is a quiz game played in teams. Each team is presented with a series of questions which they must answer correctly to advance. The first team to answer 12 consecutive questions correctly wins. Incorrect answers incur a three-second penalty and the team loses all of its points.  Read More »

5 Ideas for interactive language learning tasks in Zoom

5 Ideas for interactive language learning tasks in Zoom

Whether you’re teaching online by choice or because it’s no longer possible to meet your students face-to-face, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time thinking up ways to keep your lessons fun and interactive. While it’s true that online teaching comes with plenty of constraints, there are also opportunities for adaptation and experimentation. Some of the things you try will have disappointing results, but others will hit the mark and become staples of your lessons for months and years to come. 

The list that follows may be short right now, but I’m confident that it will continue to grow as I learn from others and continue experimenting with the new technology. Read More »