Sara Davila is a Learning and Language Acquisition Expert. She is a teacher, fabrics novelist, researcher, and teacher trainer who has worked in a range of frameworks in the education field. In this series of articles, Sara talks about Lost Learning- that is, the classroom and learn era students have lost during the pandemic.

In today’s article she focuses on the positives and all the new opportunities for learning we now have. All the Learning Objectives( LOs) from the above activities were taken from the World scale of English( GSE ). Discover more with the GSE Teacher Toolkit.

Read more in Part 1: Social Distancing: How to connect the communication gap in the classroom

Given all the changes that have impacted education in the last few months, I’m sure you’ll be expecting some unique challenges when institution starts again. I’d like to share a few openings that have arisen from these challenges and some quick tips to help you scaffold learning as your students get back to learning.

Opening 1: Information Gaps for Social Distancing

Information gaps can be used to develop or reinforce some to the following issues productive sciences 😛 TAGEND

Young Learner( LOs)




Can ask for basic informed about an happening( e.g. a concerted effort or football match ), working simple word. Speaking 38 A2+( 36 -4 2)

Can ask questions during structured classroom discussions. Speaking 46 B1( 43 -5 0)

Can write simple convicts about familiar things, established motivates or a mannequin. Writing 32 A2( 30 -3 5)

Can write two or three related sentences on a familiar topic. Writing 33 A2( 30 -3 5)

Adult | Academic | Professional( LOs)

Can communicate in procedure chores necessary simple, direct information exchange. Speaking 36 A2+( 36 -4 2)

Can exchange information on a wide range of topics within their field with some confidence. Speaking 59 B2( 59 -6 6)

Can write about everyday things( e.g. parties, plazas, enterprise, study) in attached decisions. Writing 41 A2+( 36 -4 2)

Can engage in online transactions that require an extended exchange of information, the interlocutor( s) avoid complex lingo and are willing to repeat and reformulate when necessary. Writing 56 B1+( 51 -5 8)

Information gap acts are some of the best controled practise works we can use to help our learners develop fluency. These activities are well-known to most usage lecturers as they use a very consistent style of proposal 😛 TAGEND

Two students are paired together. One student is given the role of Student A, and project partners is Student B. Both students have some distinct information materials and both was informed gaps. This means they need to ask questions in order to complete their tasks. A classic precedent would be asking about the following schedule of two different people and to finish the gaps with the information in order to arrange a meeting.

Of course, having students work closely together in duets is not advisable at the moment. This means we need to rethink how we can restrain our students safe, while building key speaking skills.

Quick Tip:

The fastest room to adapt your message breach activity in a blended hybrid classroom is to pair a student in class with a learner who’s attending online.

Consider the following options for oral breach fill rehearsal activities, granting students to share information, without sharing a physical opening.

Share task instructions online and make sure learners can easily access from mobile phones or tablets. Have Student A get in touch with Student B to complete the information gaps by exchanging information over the phone. Have Student A record a video with their information outside of class time and send the video to Student B. In class, Student B can access the video, get the information, and record a video response for Student A. If you are online, modify your message chink by use breakout areas. Assign the roles of A and B to students in the breakout apartments. Students can reach out to peers in the opposite group by employ chat runs, telephone calls, or verse meanings during the working period. If your students are attending in-person with disguises, have students stand back to back( but apart) and to ask and answer questions. This is an easy way to keep communication extending, and you can use markers on the floor to make sure pairs are six feet apart.

Quick Tip: Most single person classroom desks are about half a square meter( 2 sq. ft .). Place three desks in a row to quickly ensure your students are at a suitable interval for speaking acts.

Opportunity 2: How to apply a’ jigsaw’ group activity while socially distanced

Jigsaw acts can be used to develop or reinforce some to the following issues fertile skills 😛 TAGEND

Young Learner( LOs)




Can briefly describe a funny or eliciting personal experience, if guided by questions or prompts. Speaking 45 B1( 43 -5 0)

Can be explained that some affairs in a narrative or text are important. Speaking 46 B1( 43 -5 0)

Can write simple decisions using datum from layouts, shows etc. Writing 45 B1( 43 -5 0)

Can write a simple report of a real or imaginary event, if supported by word-paintings. Writing 45 B1( 43 -5 0)

Adult | Academic | Professional( LOs)

Can make brief positive or negative observations online about embedded relates and media abusing a repertoire of basic usage, though he/ she will generally have to refer to an online translation tool and other resources. Online interaction Online conversation and discussion 33 A2( 30 -3 5)

Can respond to simple instructions and ask simple questions in order to accomplish a shared project online with the help of a caring interlocutor. Online interaction Goal-oriented online transactions and collaboration 35 A2( 30 -3 5)

Can comment on other people’s online posts, afforded they are written/ indicated in simple conversation, is responding to embedded media by expres feelings of catch, interest and insignificance in a simple way. Online interaction Online conversation and discussion 42 A2+( 36 -4 2)

Can respond to instructions and ask questions or request clarifications in order to accomplish a shared enterprise online. Online interaction Goal-oriented online transactions and collaboration 48 B1( 43 -5 0)

Things to keep in mind

The jigsaw is a classic tool in the language classroom. It’s a great way to encourage all your students to produce the target language. In knowledge, you can use a jigsaw to endorsement every kind of integrated communication activities, addressing all four abilities while working to internalize language.

A jigsaw, like the information gap, has a fairly consistent format.

First, ask three to four students to work in a group to do something- it could be a research project, a presentation, or something else related to their learning objectives. After a period of time, “students ” in each group is assigned a character( e.g. Student A, Student B, Student C, Student D, etc ). Next, ask students to pattern brand-new groups with other students of the same letter,( all the Student As get together, all the Student Bs, etc ). In their brand-new radicals, students must share what they have been hear, or working on.

This is a strong communicative act that is conducive to students to combine information and create new knowledge. They are also welcome to find brand-new applications for this information- a key critical remember skill for the 21 st century.

Of course, radical work is ill-advised during the course of its pandemic, so I recommend considering the following options for your jigsaw work. They will allow you to improve communication and maximize the position of the jigsaw which places emphasis on becoming” a mini professional”- while keeping a safe length 😛 TAGEND

Have students match online to learn the information they will share with others. Share information for jigsaw activities in group folders that can be accessed from a variety of maneuvers. Have students train podcasts or short-lived audio recordings online to share information. In class, or at home, have other students access the audio and record responses as individuals. Appoint collaborative documents to capture information shared out in the jigsaw task. Learners can contrive in a variety of group fixes and use a collaborative substantiate to work together and share out information to create something new. Have students use docket implements to contrive jigsaw sees. Home groups can is compatible with the jigsaw radicals that currently assigned. Ask students to invite you to their jigsaw sessions, so you can easily join and check-in on students during class occasion.

For more tasks with social distancing in thought predict our blog: Social distancing and Young Learners: Opportunity for originality and critical thinking.

Moving forward

We will have countless challenges in our classrooms post-pandemic. However, through some careful planning, some invention and by leveraging on-line tool, we can continue to support our students’ success.

We can looked forward to receiving world-class which develop important communication skills, and assisted them shape the critical progress towards their success today and in the future.

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