In the previous post we gave you some insight into the idea of using recordings as homework and we went into more details about recording reading. We also demonstrated you our learners’ recordings.
In this post we’d like to show you how we work with retellings.
For retelling we take texts from:
Getting ready for retelling learners do even more thorough work with the text. They pay considerable attention to lexical and grammatical structures. As the result of this work, they have a chronologically listed set of phrases, e.g. idioms, phrasal verbs or strong collocations, to build their retelling on. Another way to support retelling is to prepare questions, by answering which learners get a coherent text. To make retelling more visual diagrams come handy.
The main condition for learners to meet is that they cannot read their retelling. Therefore video recording is preferable.
The advantages of retelling are the following:
started learning from scratch in 2015. Listen to his recordings
started learning English in 2013. Her level was pre-A1. In 2015 She successfully passed FCE. She carries on attending English classes at our school.
In the comments to the recordings, you can see the dates the recordings were made.
We’d love to know your opinion on this type of homework and answer your questions. So we kindly ask you to add your comments below and ask quesitons if you have any. We’re planning to have a webinar on our experience working with recordings later this summer and we’d like to make it as much useful to you as possible including what you’re most interested in not just repeat what we write in the post devoted to this part of our work.