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EFL Blogging School

Live Session 12
December, 28 2014

Bridging the Skills Gap in

Multi-Level and Mixed Ability
Classes. Integrating Web 2.0

Think about

What is the most

challenging task that
we face as teachers?

Whats the difference between the



How are students

different from each

Our students have different:


Cognitive abilities

Learning styles

What challenges can we

meet teaching in such

Choosing the suitable material
What pace to use
What level of difficulty
How to reach individuals with different
learning styles
How to reach students needs
What language to use while explaining
Grouping the students

Task: Choose one of the above

mentioned problems, the one
you consider to be the most
important, and together with
your partner think of some
solutions that can help you cope
with this problem.


Keep students motivated

Variation / differentiate

Reaching the individual

Individualization (variation in speed and level)

Task: You are 7 years old and choose a pet. Use an element from each of the 3
columns below to say what kind of pet you would choose.
A big



A small



A medium - sized



Open Ending
Oral Activities
Compulsory + Optional

Useful techniques
Peer tutoring
Card games
Buddy reading
Peer editing
Jigsaw reading
Pair share

Core Repetition
- It was terrible!

- How was your

- Why? What

- I broke my leg
while climbing the

- Oh! Come on! Im sure

it wasnt that bad!

Topic: Weather (students will describe

current weather conditions)
Task 1: Identify 5-8 common weather conditions in
order to respond to the question: Whats the
weather like?

Task 2: Interpret a weather map in order to ask and

answer questions about weather conditions in
different locations.
Task 3: Make a short presentation about the weather,
summarize and comment on a weather forecast.

Think of some activities that could be used in a

mixed-ability class for each of the 4 skills:

Integrating Online Tools


Technology is motivating (many of them are using Web

2.0 tools already : social networking, YouTube, blogging for
daily activities)

Technology gives them freedom to create

Web 2.0 tools provide students with a variety of ways to
interact with print and images and to become the creators of

Online Tools To Be Used

Use VoiceThread to create a slideshow about a book the class is reading.
respond to prompts throughout the slideshow about characters, plot, narrative devices,
visual storytelling can be an excellent way of telling a story without the demands of writing
Use Twitter to have students tell a collaborative story. Each student writes one line of the
story until complete. See an example
Ask students to write stories and create animated movies using Kerpoof. Pre-designed sets
and strips can be used as story-starters, or students can design their own stories.
Ask students to use pictures to tell a story, make up a story based on a picture, or upload their
own photos. Storytelling projects include telling a story in 5 frames, telling the story of
a photo in 6 words, and using a photo as the basis for a creative writing activity.
Create a classroom blog and ask students to respond online to writing prompts. Ask other
students in the class to use the comments sections for feedback. This also gives you an online
writing portfolio for each of your students so you can look back at their writing over the
year. An example
Create a classroom wiki on a topic of study.

Learning Styles
These learners enjoy learning through speaking, writing, reading, and listening. In the classroom
setting these students shine when given tasks such as taking notes, researching, listening, reading
for information, and writing.
Websites to encourage learning for Verbal-Linguistic students: - Allow students to express themselves creatively with words - Capture student voices with audio, text, pictures, and video - A free online word processor, and presentation tool Students can podcast (voice recording) online. Students can create stories or mini-movies Students create animated stories - Students can create stories and turn them into a book - A world where words come alive - 52 interactive activities related to reading, writing, and speaking - Students can read stories online, record their own story and play literacy

These learners love numbers, reasoning, and problem solving. These students enjoy measuring,
calculating, and organizing data. In the classroom students will shine when given tasks such as
collecting data, conducting experiments, solving problems, predicting, classifying, and sequencing.
Websites to encourage learning for Logical-Mathematical students: Spreadsheet and data collection tools - Capture a sequence of events in an experiment or during problem solving - A virtual world where students can experiment and problem solve - Comics about science experiments, and problem solving
games - Math, reading, music and art puzzles - Logic puzzle games - Students practice math skills and engage in logic games - Students watch a series of video word problems for math, watch a step-by-step
video solution and work on follow up problems Games that make students think: science, language arts, math, and thinking
games - A site the encourages critical thinking and
problem solving - A hobby shop full of logical-mathematical activities A storybook site that celebrates reading and books

These learners learn best visually and organize their thinking spatially. They are drawn to information
that is presented visually. These students love to illustrate projects, color-code, and create visuals for
Websites to encourage learning for Visual-Spatial students: -Students can draw and create picture stories Students create a character and illustrate a world Students create and direct their own movies Students interact with online painting, media arts, sculpture, and theater Students can create animations to illustrate a concept or story Shows information visually on a color wheel to help students discover relations in
any topic - A picture sharing website Edit photos add effects, fonts, shapes, and frames - Students can view photos of thousands of animals - Create videos with pictures - Create online posters to visually display knowledge

These learners benefit from physical activity, hands-on tasks, and constructing things. These
students are able to express ideas through movement. They like to act, manipulate objects, operate
the mouse, take pictures, and be involved physically in a project.
Websites to encourage learning for Bodily-Kinesthetic students: A virtual world that taps into mouse manipulation, typing, and manipulating
objects on the screen A virtual world that requires mouse manipulation, typing, and manipulating
objects on the screen - An enchanting virtual world where students can interact with historical
figures - Augmented reality site that lets students manipulate Google Earth objects by using
a web cam and print out. As students move the paper, the virtual model on the screen adjusts
accordingly - Another augmented reality site that shows students a digital
hologram of smart grid technology

These learners learn best through auditory experiences. They enjoy making songs, rhythms,
and patterns. These students will appreciate displaying knowledge with audio and video
Websites to encourage learning for Musical/Rhythmic students: Students can create podcasts - Students interact with music, sounds, and patterns - Record video with a webcam - Students explore and interact with music - Download and listen to audiobooks - Create timelines with audio and video

These learners enjoy interacting with other students. They enjoy discussions, cooperative work, and
social activities. These students will love web 2.0 tools that allow them to interact with others on
Websites to encourage learning for Interpersonal students: A virtual world that allows students to interact and work on solving problems
together A virtual world that encourages students interaction for the common goal of
saving Emerald Island from PiRats who want to take over the green world. - An enchanting virtual world where students can interact with historical
figures - A site that lets students practice spelling, and math facts against other students
from around the world in real time - Students can use Voicethread to complete projects together. It also provides
the ability for students to interact and comment on other students Voicethread projects. - Create a personal learning community within your classroom, encourage students
to share learning experiences and new information. - A web 2.0 tool that allows students to create together and comment on other
students Glogs. - Students create an imaginary world and interact with other classmates
virtually. They can create worlds and stories together. - Students can work on projects together, interact with other students and view other
students learning space

These learners learn best through meta-cognitive practices. They enjoy thinking about their
thinking and reflecting on learning. Allow these students to think about what they are learning
with reflective tools such as blogs and wikis that can be shared with others later.
Websites to encourage learning for Intrapersonal students: - Students can blog about their learning - A wiki where students can reflect on their learning - A wiki where students can create and reflect on their learning Students can search a topic of interest and take notes about their learning
right - Students can record and think about learning through story creation

These learners learn from interactions with the environment they enjoy field trips that involve
observation of the world around them. These students will enjoy activities that incorporate nature.
Websites to encourage learning for Naturalist students: Students can explore the earth with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D
buildings. Students can explore the universe including the solar system, constellations,
galaxies, and the moon. - Students explore nature, animals, and the earth through a fun interface. - Students learn about thousands of animals and their habitats - Students create animals, build habitats and learn about wildlife - A virtual world that puts students in charge of their own environment - A virtual world that encourages students interaction with a virtual
environment where they keep the planet green. - Students can view live video of animals, view photo galleries, and visit
exhibits - Students can take a virtual field trip around the world and through time - Students can create virtual tours of the world by combining pictures, video,
audio, and objects in 3-D

Watch the following video and think of

some assignments based on it to use in
multi-level, mixed-ability classes.

A metaphor of a mixed ability class which works for me is

to think of the class as a lift (elevator). Everyone needs to get
into the lift to start with. Some students will run into the lift,
some will have to be dragged in. Some students will travel
right to the top of the building, some may stop at the third
floor and some may only reach the first floor, but everyone
will have travelled somewhere successfully. At the end of a
class, every student can leave the room feeling that they
have been challenged and that they have achieved
Jim Rose

Thank you !