Collecting quotations

School project work

Our IH Barcelona ELT Conference takes place in a secondary school just up the road, not in IH itself, and these – quotations on post-it notes (some lines from songs, many phrases the kids had written themselves) – were displayed as part of a "Peace" project in the corridor outside the classroom where I gave my talk, which also used quotations as its framework.

I wouldn't for a minute want to suggest that everything that our learners do should involve technology (they might!), but it's also a project that could be done using technology: sharing and commenting on favourite quotations is something I've done with learners on an Edmodo group, and you could also use the various online post-it note tools such as Corkboard Me, Stixy or Wallwisher to create something closer to what the project in the photograph above looks like.

The advantange of Edmodo for such a project: it's much easier to get comments and, thus, more interaction between the learners and more language practise. A collection of quotations on a given theme (friendship, love, marriage, peace…) works well, with agreeing on how to pare the collection down to the 5 or 6 "best" a good way to generate interaction.

Having started my own collection of quotes when I was 18, back in 1977, I've been happily surprised to discover recently how successful sharing quotations has been with classes of teens.

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  1. The tasks you set using things like Edmodo should generate lots of comments: the more comments, the more "successful" the task: more use of language has been generate, and that is surely our main objective.

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