Interesting session today – I have come away with some good ideas to use in my own practice.
Something that will hone ILT skills AND (importantly in FE) give students an opportunity to examine and practice their speaking and listening skills is the activity that we did at the start of the day. In pairs, with one person in one room and one in another and using Skype via webcam and microphone, each pair tried to build the same shape using Lego in 10 minutes. This was a fully audio-visual exercise – and tested participants’ use of language in order to see whether the shapes made by each member of each pairing was exactly the same (or, in my case, reasonably similar.) I think my plan to make a TARDIS was a little ambitious: other pairs went on to make simple animals shapes and were far more successful in cooperating to build the same result.