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April 28, 2009

Recycle vs. Review

The need to review previously studied material is well recognized by teachers. This is also true in the EFL classroom. Rather than commiting time to focused review, however, there is another way to think of doing it: Recycling.
Recycling means to continually use previously studied material throughout your ongoing lessons. This includes using previously learned vocabulary and grammar patterns, as well as conversation communication skills.
A very simple way of doing this is the Q-Card activity, or Janken Conversation Rounds as a Warm-up at the beginning of every class. Click the links for more information.
A note about the Janken Warm-Up activity- it is also the easiest way to teach and practice conversation and communication skills. See more here about why I think these are so important.

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